Category Archives: Kansas

Dodge City and Lamar

Ivan and I packed everything up on April 2, 2010.  We said goodbye and thanks to Ryan.  Ryan’s a friendly guy, but kind of quiet.

I started driving around 11:30 am.  We saw more religious signs again.  It was a warm day with blue skies. 

We listened to lots of music during the trip – Animals and Wish You Were Here albums by Pink Floyd, The Streets, Madness, The Beatles, Bjork and Smashing Pumpkins.

As a child, my family took lots of road trips and we loved to listen to music.  I remember when there was 8 tracks and audio tapes.  My mom loved The Beatles.  We listened to many songs like Olivia Newton- John, and movie/tv theme songs.  So, as we travel around the USA listening to The Beatles, I’m reminded of the road trips with my family.  It makes me think of Stuckey’s, trips to Disneyland and begging my dad to stop at In N’ Out Burger since we didn’t have one in Las Vegas.

We stopped at Dodge City. 

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There’s a place called Boot Hill that has a museum.  During the summer time, they have gun fights and have a can can show.  We wish we could have seen that.  We’ll have to visit again sometime.

We went to Casey’s Cowtown for lunch.  Ivan and I shared the special which was a salmon with mustard sauce and a Santa Fe Chicken.  The food was really good.

We walked around Dodge City, but there’s not much there.

We started driving again.  I heard a rock hit the window but didn’t think anything of it – since it happens every now and then. 

We stopped in Garden City.  Ivan noticed that there was a crack in the windshield.  We thought that we should have it checked out in Denver (which would be in a 2 days).  I told Ivan to mark the end of the crack with a Sharpie.  We noticed that the crack was spreading. 

We stopped at a McDonald’s to use the free wi-fi.  Ivan looked up a place that repairs windshields.  We stopped at that place, but it was almost closing time.  The guy who worked there said that he didn’t have time to do it, but he recommended a place close that could do it.

So, we drove to Diamond C.  The guy said he could fix it in about 45 minutes to an hour.  It took him about 40 minutes to complete it.  It cost $65.  We were so relieved to get it fixed.  Thank goodness it wasn’t a Sunday when a lot businesses are closed in these small towns.

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We were back on the road and crossed into Colorado.  The time went back an hour since Colorado is in Mountain Standard Time zone. 

We made a stop at Wal-Mart.  We bought a few things.

I drove us to the motel.  We checked in to the Bruce Spruce Motel.  Ivan got some recommendations for bars and restaurants from the lady at the counter.  She owns the motel with her husband. 

We drove to the room.  It’s a nice room with a kitchenette and free wi-fi.  We chilled in the room for an hour.

We drove to one of the recommended restaurants.  We had dinner at Thai Spicy Basil Asian Grill.  We had nice shrimp shumai and a tom yum gai to start off with. Then, we shared a good green curry dish. 

Ivan and I checked out Desiree’s Nightclub.  But, there wasn’t much going on there.  The music playing was some kind of country.

Then, we drove to Opal’s Pub.  It wasn’t busy either.  So, we decided to head back to the motel.

We watched the movie Idiocracy and ate popcorn.  The movie was entertaining, but not the best movie I’ve seen.  Shortly after, we went to sleep.

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Hays

Ivan and I checked out of Harrah’s on April 1, 2010.  We’ve driven 5,080 miles on our road trip so far.  I started driving towards Hays, Kansas at 10:30 am.

We stopped in Lawrence, Kansas.  We walked around the shops. 

We went to Zen Zero for lunch.  Ivan and I shared momos for an appetizer.  Ivan god chicken pad thai.  It was the American version with tomatoes.  Pad Thai does NOT come with tomatoes.  I had a Japanese soba noodles dish with chicken.  Both noodles came with too many noodles and barely any chicken. 

Ivan started driving again at 12:30 pm.  It was an overcast day.  We listened to many bands like Pink Floyd, Kings of Leon, Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and No Doubt. 

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We saw a wind mill farm on our way to Hays.  I also saw religious signs on farms like Abortion Kills what GOD created.  We arrived in Hays, Kansas at 4:30 pm.  We met Ryan, the couchsurfer we’d be staying with for a night.  

Ivan and I both took a shower. 

Ryan drove us to dinner in his new car.  It still had that new car smell.  We went to Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewing Co.  Ivan and I shared the shrimp spring rolls for a starter.  We also shared two main courses: a chicken burrito that came with white beans for a side and the grilled pesto chicken breast. 

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I loved the chicken!  The white beans were so tasty since they were cooked in white wine.  The white beans tasted great in the rather plain chicken burrito.

We walked from the restaurant to Fort Hays State University.  It was a nice warm day out.  The sun had actually come out.  Ryan told us about the small town of Hays which has about 22,000 people living there.  He works at the university so he told us about the history and pointed out the buildings.  Some of the buildings are made out of limestone.   

We stopped to Coffee Rules for a drink.  Ivan and I each had a glass of Red Diamond Shiraz.  It was really great.  We chatted with Ryan.  It was a bit warm in the coffee place.

We walked back to the car and drove back to the house.  I saw lightning fill up the sky. 

We used the internet for awhile.  It started raining.  Ivan and I watched an episode of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em and then went to sleep. 

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