Amarillo, TX

We rolled in to the Palo Duro RV Park yesterday about 2:00 PM after a 220 mile run from Garden City, KS. We left US 83 in Liberal, KS and headed southwest on US 54 thru OK. Great road and 4 lane most of the way. Then we turned south on US 287 ,also 4 lane, thru Amarillo and on to I27 for the short run down to the campground. Last nite we went to the Big Texan restaurant for steak. What a fun place! This is the home of the free 72 oz. steak dinner, if you can eat it in an hour. Hard to believe, but the current record is 8 min and 52 seconds. Whew!! It was Saturday nite and the place was pretty full but the service was fast and friendly. No takers on the giant steak while we were there though.

This is the “Big Texan” 72 oz steak with the trimmings barely visible on the sides.

Who is that fool in the picture??

Today we want to see Palo Duro Canyon state park. It is billed as the Grand Canyon of Texas and the pictures we have seen show it to be beautiful. Tomorrow we’re off to Roswell, NM for a day or two and then on to our destination of Benson, AZ. Seven states and 1400 miles.

On our Way by Kathy

Well we are in Kansas and the wind is whistling down the lane at hurricane force. Really it’s not that bad but we have not had this kind of wind at so constant a force. We spent 2 days in McCook Ne. At a nice city park with 50amp only but we were in the shade and down in a little glen so we were protected from most of the wind. We move on to Garden City Ka driving in high winds but we made it here. We are in the nice little park called RJ.RV Park it’s a old KOA but it’s a little run down. We decided to go to Dodge City and visit the old west. They have preserved the old boot hill area and have built a street with the Long Branch Saloon and stores of all kinds,a school, church, and a home. As I looked at the Kitchen I thought of all the great gadgets we have today and how blessed we are to have the ease of todays things. The wind was again strong and it was hard to drive in the car. I was glad to get back to the rig and get in out of the wind.

We are planning on moving to Amerillo tomorrow if the weather holds calm. I like being back on the road. The different scenery as we go down the road is awesome. We went though the sand hills of Ne I didn’t know they even exsisted. What a wonderful country we live in and how diverse it is. Something new around every corner. Well today we need to get a show done so listen in and find out more about our travels. Safe travels, Kathy.

Blown away in Kansas

This is our third day in Garden City, KS. We stayed another day to dodge the 35 mph constant winds here and all the way down to Texas. The gusts top 50 and shake the rig to where it scares Charley. Yesterday we decided to go on and brave the wind and go to Dodge City, about 50 miles east of here. We toured the Boot Hill Museum and found it quite interesting and well worth the $9.00 entrance fee.

Lunch at the Boot Hill Casino was pretty good too. The driving there and back was exhausting as the wind and dust hit us from the side and made driving “interesting”. Today we produced issue 128 of the Living the RV Dream podcast detailing our adventures. We may look around in Garden City later and then we must get the rig ready for travel and an early start tomorrow morning. We have about a 235 mile run to a park on the edge of Pala Duro Canyon near Amarillo, TX. We’ll spend at least 2 nights there.

Garden City, KS

Missed blogging yesterday so I’ll catch up. We spent two nites in McCook, NE at the free city park so Kathy could go to Harlan County to check on some genealogy stuff to prove there is an Irish connection in her family. There is. Today we did 185 miles in constant wind from 15 to 25 with a few higher gusts. This really dropped our mileage. We fueled up where US 83 crosses I70. Cheapest diesel so far at 3.72.9/gal cash price. We also picked up a new Flying J/Pilot fuel card two days ago that saves 3 cents per gallon. So here we are in Garden City at RJ’s RV Park, a former KOA. Its a nice enough park although the spaces are a little narrow. Nice to have sewer and water after 2 nites but the cable TV is the best. Tomorrow we will go to Dodge City, KS to tour as well as look around Garden City. We may stay an extra night here as the wind is expected to last 2 more days. Then its on to Amarillo, TX 220 miles down the road.

The best camping is Free camping

We had a pretty easy day today. Only 220 miles from Valentine to McCook, NE. We are in a city park with seven 50A sites and it is FREE camping for up to 3 days. Water and a dump station is available. I am impressed with our route down US 83. The road is 2 lane so far, but in good repair with decent width shoulders. Of course we had the requisite road work but only for about 20 miles. The first half of this day was through the Nebraska Sand Hills which were scenic in our eyes. Not much civilization, but beautiful nonetheless. Then it was 100 miles of corn country with drying feed corn as far as the eye could see. At least there was a little more man made stuff to see. We made a fuel and Walmart stop in North Platte. This is a fairly sizable town at the junction of US 83 and I80. The Walmart was right off US 83 and with lots of large vehicle parking and easy return to US 83. We fueled at Flying J 2 miles East on I 80 and then went back west to US 83.