Kansas to Texas, Mistaken Mud, Melted Shoes, a Donkey and an Emu

Today has been an interesting day. To begin at the beginning, we were on our way out the door ready to hit the road when… wait, something was wrong with my shoes. They looked odd, deformed, and… curled.

We keep our shoes by the door, sometimes in their proper places, sometimes just thrown by the door depending on how tired we were when we last entered our RV. Also by the front door, is a furnace vent. Apparently the rapid heat and cool cycle of the air coming from the furnace vent – shrank my Crocks! My favorite go-to-travel shoes, were suddenly at least half a size too small (and curled at the toe). We were all ready to depart, travel accessories for the day in-hand (drinks, snacks, Frodo was leashed). Argh. And I had to find a different pair of shoes. Most importantly, our Airstream killed my Crocks! They were the ones with the awesome fuzzy liner. Insert sad face, I am quite sad. I will absolutely replace those as soon as I either find them in person, or we stop long enough for me to shoot off an order to Zappos.

After the shoe incident we were on our way. Today’s journey was a quick jaunt through the panhandle of Oklahoma, and the panhandle of  Texas.

KS to TX

We saw hundreds of windmills, perhaps even a few thousand. I didn’t realize wind energy was being utilized to such a degree in the U.S., and it’s neat to see. In fact, I have now seen wind farms in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. There are families who travel full-time and home-school (aka “road school”) their children, and for those families who can pull that off – what an amazing experience that must be!  Even in our speedy migration we are still getting to see things that spark interesting thoughts and conversation.

But, back to our journey.

Texas Panhandle We took a lunch break somewhere in the Texas panhandle, and I have an important tip to share. When driving through Texas, if you see a pile of mud – avoid it. It likely isn’t mud. Sure enough, we have manure in the wheel wells of our truck and under the belly of our Airstream. Fantastic. It smells just lovely.

I think we will be migrating some more tomorrow so if we do, we will attempt to get the Truck and Airstream washed. There is a Blue Beacon Truck Wash down the street from where we are, so it looks like we’ll finally get to see how that works. As we drove past it tonight we saw a very long line there, so adding that to a travel day means we probably won’t travel too far, perhaps only an hour or two away. We’ll just see how things go and how long it takes to give our rig a (much-needed) wash down!

We saw the Blue Beacon Truck Wash while we were on our way back from Petsmart in Amarillo. We have been so busy the last few months, we somehow almost completely ran out of dog food for Frodo! Dave and I both mistakenly remembered having the rest of his food bag in the truck – and – we were both wrong! Lucky for us, they had his food in stock and he will continue going on well-fed as usual! Phew, that was a close call!

Wait, is that a…?

Donkey Surprise

It is! How about that, a Donkey!

Nice Donkey

And the Donkey has a cell-mate, an Emu! The Emu wouldn’t stop pacing so this was the best shot I could get.

Emu

Interesting. A Donkey and an Emu. Go figure!

Roadside Kansas

Today’s journey was about making as much progress south/south-west as we could go in a day. Traveling the way we do only allows us a few hours to drive each day so we’re making the best of what we’ve got! Once we get to better weather, we will slow down considerably and explore an area in detail.

For now though, we migrate. We awoke in Concordia, Kansas, and we’ll be spending the night in Liberal, Kansas. With almost 5 hours of actual driving time, plus added stops for a hot lunch (in our RV), bathroom breaks for us and Frodo – it was an incredibly long day.

Kansas Drive

Driving through Kansas is a bit on the dull side. Add in 40 degree weather, some windchill and rain, and it was hard for me to stay awake! I wasn’t the one driving, don’t worry…

Kansas 1

There was a considerable amount of farm land. Acres and acres and acres of it.

Kansas 3

Every so often there were some things to look at besides flat land, though I do appreciate being able to see miles into the distance. And of course taking photos from a moving vehicle is always a fun challenge!

Kansas 2

Frodo loves seeing wide open land. When driving through cities, he tends to nap, but with open land – he’s active and engaged and can’t stop staring. He loves getting to travel and is always happy to jump right back in the truck – even after a long day.

Dave and Frodo

Tomorrow we journey on, destination still to-be-planned. We are however almost out of dog food, so that will be our mission for tomorrow! Can you believe there are places where no PetCo or PetSmart exists for 50 miles? Yes, we’re there now – in the middle of nowhere Kansas, I mean, Liberal. Right!

P.S. If you have ever played World of Warcraft and been to Westfall, you’ve seen Kansas!

Resting for the Night in Concordia, Kansas

We did it. We really did it. We sold our house, 90% of our belongings, moved into a travel trailer, and migrated NORTH at the start of Fall to make everything legal. We are officially South Dakotans now – woot! My head still spins at the thought of how fast we pulled off this crazy plan. And of course, we work 7 days a week. That part definitely adds to the exhaustion, but everything we are doing is absolutely 100% worth it.

Because South Dakota is a friendly state for full-time RV’ers, we don’t even have to worry about registering our truck or RV right now. We can do that later in a few weeks, remotely. Yes, that’s right! Neither we, nor the vehicle(s), need to be present to complete that part of the moving process (this is yet another reason we choose South Dakota for our Domicile). South Dakota is awesome. It’s also very cold right now, so we left this morning and are spending the night in Concordia, Kansas.

Concordia Kansas

Tonight we are resting at a very tiny Campground at the Airport in Concordia. There are only a few spaces here, but they provide water and electric at a few of them – and it’s FREE (there is a donation box and donations are happily accepted). Oh, and there’s even a fenced in dog park!

If you’re nearby and want to check it out, you can map to the Super Walmart across the street (140 College Dr, Concordia, KS 66901) and you’ll find it. Because this campground is a simple, clean, and FREE place to stay, it’s a great resource if you’re passing through – especially if you need to restock anything since Walmart is here as well.

The temperature is dipping into freezing temperatures again tonight, even here, so in the morning we head out again and continue our southern migration. Cheerio!

Edited to add this beautiful sunset shot Dave captured just after we arrived this evening:
Concordia KS Sunset