Day 18 – Wichita to Cabot

Friday, June 21, 2013

I left Wichita at 7 am and headed east. The flat terrain gradually gave way to rolling hills and larger trees.

There were several small dead critters on the road including armadillos and truck tires. I have see lots of dead animals on the road before but never armadillos.

I also noticed that many of the farmers were harvesting their Spring wheat and I saw two wild turkeys in one of the fields…2 more than I saw during the entire turkey hunting season back home!

I arrived in Joplin Missouri, around lunchtime and grabbed a quick bite to eat before heading south towards Little Rock, Arkansas.

The temperature climbed quickly and it had reached 32 C ( 90 F ), so it was best to keep moving although I was still very warm at 75 mph.

The Ozark mountains are are not as high as some mountains but they are still impressive. I never tire of riding through the mountains. The are mostly covered with large trees and the areas that have no trees are covered with lush grass.

I reached Cabot, Arkansas at 4:30 pm and stopped at my friends, Don at Carey Woods’ house for a visit. Don gave me the option of salmon, pork tenderloin or chicken for supper. That’s better than most restaurants. I chose the salmon and Don prepared it for us on his BBQ smoker, together with tossed salad, steamed vegetables, corn and strawberry shortcake for desert. It was absolutely delicious. Don and I make a good team. He likes to cook and I like to eat!

After supper, we spent a relaxing evening, comparing our latest trips and catching up on the latest news, until late into the evening. When I did go to bed, I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

Day 17 – Wichita

Thursday, June 20, 2013

No travelling today. I spent the day in meetings at the Oxy plant in Wichita, to review the safety of large storage vessels for flammable materials, in this case, horizontal tanks ( aka bullets ) containing Methyl Chloride.
The people were very nice and the review went well.

I am impressed with Wichita. The people were all very friendly. The terrain is still relatively flat but there are more trees than West Kansas. There are no tall buildings blocking the view of the landscape and the homes and office buildings all were well maintained and manicured.

We had a wonderful meal at a very nice restaurant and we went to bed early because Don & Ron needed to catch the 6 am flight back to Buffalo ( via Atlanta ) and I wanted to get an early start for my 7 hr ride to Cabot Arkansas.