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    Quote Originally Posted by DR1665 View Post
    Irony.

    I've only recently discovered this community and begun to explore it. Today, I decide I want to spend my lunch hour living vicariously through those who embody the spirits of adventure and freedom embodied by the automobile. And here I find someone posting an update from "The Air Capital City." I worked two jobs for three years to escape Wichita just over a decade ago.

    The grass is always greener, right? Subscribed to your blog, mate. Press on regardless.
    hahahah.....I have known folks who considered murder and theft to escape Kansas! I've been there..its just as flat as you think. Not a place for a guy who likes hills and mountains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobDog View Post
    hahahah.....I have known folks who considered murder and theft to escape Kansas! I've been there..its just as flat as you think. Not a place for a guy who likes hills and mountains.
    Exactly. Mountains remind us of just how small we are relative this planet. Only a recent convert to this type of automotive shenanigans, I've always preferred to have mountains within eyesight, if only as such a reminder. Now, however, I'm looking forward to getting out and exploring the ones surrounding Phoenix. I can't get the Montero home fast enough!

    PS: Funny story about Kansas flatness. Back in 2006, my wife and I drove my 97 Eagle Talon (a lowered sport-compact hatchback) from Phoenix to Kansas City for Christmas. (pics) We made it to Oklahoma City the first day and had to crash for the night. Despite getting nearly 12 hours of sleep that night, we hadn't made it out of Wichita on the turnpike before my wife - who had never been to Kansas before - asked me, "Is this really all there is?" My reply was, "Pretty much until we hit Kansas City." She was snoring ten minutes later.



    I don't want to hijack Miguel's thread, though, so I would offer a couple thoughts on Kansas Escape, er, Adventure Routes which might be of interest to overlanders. Departing Wichita...

    + to the SW, US54 (aka: Kellogg Drive as it crosses town if I remember right) will take you through the small towns that make Kansas great. Greensburg is along that route and has the world's deepest hand-dug well, which is pretty neat. I think the bulk of the town was wiped off the map a few years back in a major tornado and they've bene rebuilding with modern, green technologies. Could be an interesting place to explore today. This route takes you through cattle country in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles en route to the NE corner of New Mexico - Tucumcari. It's a nice, non-interstate drive with more local culture.

    + to the E, US54 passes through longtime speed trap, Eureka. Straight out of high school, I got popped for 97 in a 55 on one side of Eureka, then 80 on the other side, on my way to Missouri to visit a girlfriend. 54 passes through Fort Scott, which if I remember right, is an old frontier fort from back in Civil War times and a great place to discover what it really means to be a Jayhawk. Additional novelty, 54 passes through the small town of Gas, so the whole family can pass gas, get gas in Gas, etc.. From there, it's just a hop-skip-&-jump to Springfield, Missouri, through some very pretty (hilly) country. Plenty of lakes and camping along the way down to Branson. Maybe drop down into NW Arkansas and return to Wichita via Tulsa for a 3-state run.

    + FINALLY, if you're remotely interested in space and aviation, barely an hour NW out of Wichita is the town where I graduated high school - Hutchinson. They have the Cosmosphere, which has been said to be the best space museum in the country short of the Smithsonian in Washington DC. They have an SR71 Blackbird in the lobby (re-assembled at the local muni airport and towed across town back in 1997). They actually built the new addition to the museum around the airplane, it's so big. Just up the road from the Cosmosphere (literally) is/was a small, family-owned burger joint called "Bogeys," where they make incredible chili cheese fries and have over 100 milkshake offerings.

    Sorry to go overboard on the comments, here, but this just seemed one of the few places I've seen thus far where I could actually hope to offer some help on this forum. Still quite the rookie!
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    @DR1665. It is true that the grass is greener, but I still like the sloped grass of San Francisco. Too darn expensive, unfortunately. Wichita is the hometown of my business partner, Tyler, who is providing the ground for this opportunity to happen. And, being on the road most of the time, I cannot really complain! What I will say is that people are VERY nice here compared to NYC.

    Thank you very much for all these places to see... I have heard great things about Greensburg, and thought we might feature the town in one of our episodes. I shall also visit the Cosmophere on my way to my mechanic! He is in Halstead, not far from Hutchinson.

    Finally, after almost month an a half, I get to write something!

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  4. #24
    Another update, narrating how I drove a $59 for two months, and how I got Orwell, the Mercedes 300TD I plan –one day– to drive from Alaska to Argentina. Oh, what future posts will hold!

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  5. #25
    This post may be one of the most important ones I have written, if not the most important. My time in the US is almost up, so I have about six weeks to make a decision whether to stay and study some more, or exit this country though the Big Door down to Argentina.

    Crossroads: PanAmerican or School?

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  6. #26
    Ladies and gentlemen, I am going PanAmerican. There, I said it.

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    Find a South American university that allows camping and do both.

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    I am not even at the beginning of the journey and I have an "Aww, crap! moment" already. It compensated for a beautiful prospect, though!

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  9. #29
    A surprise road trip across six states in two days. A friend moving to San Francisco and a bunch of car parts to be sold to California buyers made it possible!

    This European Life: Quicktrip

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  10. #30
    In this episode of This European Life, I say goodbye to my peeps in California, become a trucker for a few days and sleep with a statue!
    Lots of peoples, landscapes and curiosities in this lengthy post across five states!

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    Drive-Bye: Western Edition

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