Day 8. To Dodge City, KS. No need to hunt new flowers. My carnations still are beautiful. No time today either. Long day of driving. This will be the norm now. Lots of ground to cover in the western states. Today start at 8:00, same for tomorrow. Then we even have a 6:00 am start. Started with an easy margin, not enough for a sit-down lunch but close. We have learned not to dawdle even when it seems appealing. You never know. Well, it was a “you never know kind of day”.
Head winds and fast trucks were kicking Stewball around, but we were still making good time until ROAD WORK AHEAD. PREPARE TO STOP. Well, we stopped for 20 minutes! I timed it. Now this was feeling like a race. We did have to scoot (fast) to get in on time which we did. 🙂 I think Ed’s hands may be stiff in the morning from holding the wheel. I think a wheel cover to increase the diameter is needed before China. This old steering wheel is has a small diameter and means really clenching your hands.
OK, now the good part. Lexie, you would have loved this. We were met in Dodge City by horses and riders. The youngest rider was 3 years old. See him in the black shirt and hat? They escorted us through town. Down Wyatt Earp Blvd,
the main drag. Met us at the East end of town and our hotel was on the West end. Really colorful and fun, but a long slow parade at 3 mph and Ed’s (yes, he was still driving) foot on the clutch. Hope it (this foot or the clutch) isn’t worn out. The only down side of this wonderful reception was Ed planned to have the oil changed by some local guys and it was after 5:00 before he could leave the parade and get there. This family was great, they worked on three cars. In addition to changing Stewball’s oil, they replaced Jack Crabtree’s engine, checked for oil leaks in Clay’s Ford and said they would be available anytime! Great people.
Tomorrow Denver, higher altitudes. Hope Stewball likes this run.