Salina, KS - 8/1
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We were on our way by 8:30 am the next morning.  We stopped at an IHOP for breakfast before reaching I-70, north of Elizabeth.  That was our only stop until nearly 5:00 pm in Hayes, KS for a bite to eat and a break.

Neither of us can explain what happened but we didn't make good time.  We had about 450 miles to go today and by 5:00 pm, we still had about 175 miles to go.  I was going 70 mph on I-70.  It was straight freeway and there were no holdups other than some minor construction here and there.  I guess we spent a lot of time between IHOP and the roads getting on the Interstate.  I really don't know.

Kansas looks just like eastern Colorado.  Lots of wheat which looks like dry fields.  I thought Kansas is part of the Great Plains and as such, would be very flat.  But it's not.  Although there's a lot of flat area, there is also a lot of rolling hills.  It's not nearly as flat as the Valley in California.

Kansas was hot.  Very hot!!!  The thermometer in the truck read between 104 and 108 degrees once we entered the state and up until we stopped for the night in Salina (sal-LI-na) at a KOA campground, a good 50 miles or so short of our planned destination.

Watching the news that night, the entire state was over 100 degrees.  The coolest was 101.  The hottest, 108 in Hayes, where we stopped at 5:00 pm.  Denise had gone into the Long John Silvers to get the goods while I walked the dogs, started the generator, and ran the A/C in the trailer.  We tried to eat in the trailer but the A/C just couldn't cool it.  The air coming out of the vents was still warm.  Dripping wet with sweat, we moved back to the truck and ran the A/C there while we finished our meal.

Before going to bed around 11:00 pm, I walked the dogs one last time.  The A/C had run continuously since our arrival and now I knew why.  It was probably still 95 degrees or so at this time.  The A/C continued to run all night.

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