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by Lloyd Treichel
Dateline: October 15, 2005 -- Albuquerque
Future Travel... On to Death Valley in California about November 5th for about a week and continuing to Palm Springs and San Diego.
Madison was the last stop in Wisconsin. From there I headed to nephew Greg Kriewaldt's two acre backyard north of Chicago. This was home base to visit the Kriewaldt clan residing in the area. Thanks to Greg, Ann and Fred for the convenient parking.
Fuel Prices... are affecting the way I travel and explore. In January of 2005, diesel fuel prices were right at two dollars a gallon. I expect diesel prices to go up every fall with demand for heating oil; diesel is currently $3.15 a gallon. However, this year it seems a little ridiculous.
Considering that costs to heat homes will be much higher this winter, investing in wool futures might be a wise decision.
With these diesel prices, I think twice about making a trip for a cinnamon roll or ice cream. Using diesel fuel calories to get food calories is a bad idea. Don't need those food calories. Any exploring is right on the road where I am traveling. This is also not a time to make wrong turns -- especially on the country roads. It will cost a gallon of diesel to get back on the right road.
Springfield, Illinois... Several years ago I had toured Springfield and checked out much of the Lincoln historical material. On this stop I toured the Illinois Capitol building. All capitol buildings have great staircases, rotundas and domes. I admire the art, the friezes, the statuary and the architecture of these beautiful old buildings. There is no statue atop this dome, but the flags for the US and Illinois are flying.
While in town, I also took a tour of the old capitol building. It served Illinois from 1839 to 1876. It was amazing to me that it still stands considering that many of the original state capitol buildings frequently burned down.
St. Charles, Missouri... was the starting point for the Lewis and Clark journey in 1803. This historical town is located on the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a bike trail that crosses much of Missouri. I took a short bike ride along the trail for some much needed exercise. Later in central Missouri, I followed it for many miles -- in Silver Slug towing Wandrin Wagon.
The stop in St. Charles was a five day stop as I met up with my fellow New Horizons owners. An owners rally is held every 18 months to share ideas and socialize. I had obligated myself to attend since I maintain the New Horizons Owners Group website at: http:/www.nhog.us.
One of the rally days was a bus tour of some stops in St. Louis including the Anheuser Busch Clydesdales at Grant's Farm and the Gateway Arch.
Jefferson City... is the capitol city for Missouri. The capitol building sits on top of what appears to be the highest point around. The first thing I noticed was the main entrance steps. Taking the long and wide staircase, it was good exercise as I entered the capitol at the main rotunda. Since I was only passing through Jefferson City, I found limited parking a half mile away so I declined taking a tour of the capitol. Atop every capitol is a statue. Here it is Ceres, the goddess of grain. The statue atop the dome represents the state's agriculture heritage.
Topeka, Kansas... is the location for another state capitol. During a tour of the capitol, I viewed the statues of famous Kansans and history displayed in murals throughout the building. The statue on the dome is new -- in 2002. It is a Kansa Indian aiming at the north star with his bow and arrow. The Kansas motto: "to the stars through difficulty."
Tipton, Missouri... is where all city residents are behind the eight ball. An eight ball was painted on the water tower when Fischer pool tables were manufactured there. It has become a local fixture even though Fischer stopped manufacturing in 1977.
Largest Hand Dug Well ... is where I found myself looking up at the bottom of the well. Greensburg, KS is the home for this one of a kind well. At its completion for the town water supply and the steam railroads, the well was 109 feet deep by 32 feet in diameter. It was city water until 1932 and later opened as a tourist attraction. It seems they followed the old adage: "When you have lemons make lemonade."
Dalton Gang Hideout ... is in Meade, KS. When I walked in, Marc was in period clothes from the late 1800s. Marc Ferguson is a fourth generation wheat rancher, cowboy re-enactor (his repertoire includes Doc Holliday) and the curator and manager of the Dalton Gang Hideout. Marc proved most interesting and we chatted over an hour before we were interrupted by some other tourists. Rather rude of them. That is when I toured the Dalton gang Hideout. Marc was much more interesting.
Hiking and Exercise... It is best to move onto another subject.
Cinnamon Rolls... I was crossing Missouri on US Highway 50 and found the Dutch Bakery in Tipton right on the highway. That was where I had a cinnamon roll. Even though it had been fresh that morning, it had been wrapped in cellophane. I really don't like that approach to selling cinnamon rolls. I like a little crispness to the outside of the cinnamon roll. If they were worried about it drying out that would not have been a problem with the high humidity.
The roll was good with a balance of flavors. Or perhaps I was just hungry since I hadn't eaten since breakfast and it was two in the afternoon. The roll was large and I never did eat the whole thing.
IMDVINE or NVRBTR -- "How are you?"
FENCER -- Builds fences or plays with swords
UNCRKIT -- The wine server?
AGLTY K9 -- Some sort of dog competition
BUGNOUT -- on a VW
RED SOX -- On Kansas plates; displaced Bostonian?
More... ROBODUK ROADDOG HOTWHLS
... and yes!! GOFORIT
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