Wow, what a week just ended. I finished up working in the schools and hit the road. It was a bit crazy and also melancholy leaving the school district I had worked at for 15 years, as much as it was to leave on Saturday, after living 30 years in Minnesota. I am sure I will be back some time, but for now, I am on the road and will end up in New England in the short term, but time to see America from a perspective different than when I was in my 20’s.
On Saturday, I started my Wandering Puffin Hard Rockin’ tour of America and first went to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I wanted to count my visit and I am not a gambler, so it was a short stay, walking around to get a feel for the place and hitting the Rock Shop for some bling. Then I hit the road to drive through the heartland and ended up in Topeka, Kansas, where there is actually an Evil Knievel Museum, for the night, about 535 miles. That is a lot considering I had not been a road warrior here in the US for over 30 years, back in my 20’s, so it was a bit of challenge, but I handled it well. I also started doing Facebook Live reports every so often, so look for them as I share interesting facts and experiences along the way.
In addition to those places, along the way, I saw the grave site of the Dalton gang or at least some, the birthplace of Jim Thorpe and the home of Will Rogers. This as I traveled from Kansas to Oklahoma and spent a little time on Old Route 66, or what is left in Oklahoma on my way to stopover in Amarillo, Texas, which today’s drive went even further, over 600 miles and somehow, I did it. It was fun to hit the backroads and the byways and weather was ominous at times, and it did rain a bit, I went on the interstates, but that is not my style. I only did it since it was easier to deal with and perceived safer. I enjoy seeing the country by the back roads, as Charles Kuralt did and Jack Kerouc did. But when I was within 100 miles of Amarillo, it started to rain, and a funny thing, when I did this back in the 80’s, a storm came rumbling through on the same road as I was approaching Amarillo.
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