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  1. #161
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    DPR,

    Traffic probably was heavy, but there really are not a lot of people out that way. And everyone in the USA is beach bound for the weekend. You are about as far from a beach as possible in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    Traffic on the roads despite Memorial long weekend was still excellent, I'll keep fingers crossed it stays that way. I'll change plans to avoid overnighting in Indy to avoid the race you warned me about.
    If you stick to your original plan it should not be a problem, as most race fans clear out to head home Monday night. If you are a race fan, and have time for the race track museum, it's worth the stop.
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    We only drove for about 7 hours today so we're only as far east as Topeka Kansas. I took bugger all photos today as there was no-where to stop for photography and the countryside all looked the same. The country was more interesting than the Hay plains back home but that is not saying much. The basic difference is this is a uniform green with low undulating hills whereas the Hay plains is several shades of brown and dead flat. The drive on the dead straight US divided road for hours at the best part of 80 mph 130km/hr) traffic speed was a bit brain cell numbing though. Australia's more dangerous but infinitely more exciting undivided gently curving roads which are only spray seals instead of bitumen or concrete like these do keep a driver more awake though for fear of a nasty head on collision.

    We had a pretty strong side wind all day which made the SUV swerve a bit and meant i had a to concentrate a bit. It makes me realise how blessed we've been for weather so far.

    My wife took a few happy snaps of the oil derricks in the farm fields beside the road as they're novel to us.

    The Fick Museum was shut for Memorial long weekend but we got to the Sternberg (at Hay's Kansas I think) and it was a gem, if you're going nearby don't miss it.

    Edit photos added 28/5/13 (photo of Buffalao Bill from a separate town about 100 miles distant from the museum, he's obviously well renowned and important to this town too but I didn't find out why.
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    For the benefit of US viewers.
    The Hay plains going north at 4.15 on a Friday afternoon showing the innovative Australian traffic speed limitation devices installed along the road. These ons are called Daisy



    and 100 or so miles later at 9.30 on a Saturday morning



    and eventually when you start to get near Cobar at the northern end at around 1.30 pm on Saturday the scenery gets marginally less boring. Along this stretch the speed reduction devices are called either Billy or Skippy and will either hop or jump randomly out of the bush on either side of the road.

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    Thanks Rich, reminds me of the drive from Phoenix to San Bernardino, only subtract the grass... and add a lane each way.
    As you know DPR is about to face similar boredom as he heads across the Great Plains (Eastern Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Western Illinois). Wheat and corn fields as far as the eye can see... "amber waves of grain", for 8-10 hours.

    Oh, and thunder storms, but hopefully no tornadoes.
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    Yep, Tornado alley, Esp Kansas, Mo.and Oklahoma.( too far north for that state) He doesn't need to run into what hit Moore, that's for sure. Pretty flat country. That's why I like NY. We have some nice rolling hills and river valleys.
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    We continued the drive on I70 East and reached Indianapolis. The road today was much more interesting with trees along most of it and rolling hills elsewhere.

    We started the day with incredible thunder storms that went for about 2 hrs absolutely teeming down which kept me about 15mph below the speed limit and then continued for another 2 hours as drizzle where we were back up to the speed limit.

    I think we managed about 10hrs of road time plus stops so I should be thankful the kids entertained themselves that long with their new Nintendo DSi's (half the Aussie price at Walmart) and running tv shows the rest of time.

    We have rain predicted for tomorrow which could literally put a damper on our air force museum visit. I hope it's not as intense as we had today.

    We stopped at a lovely weatherboard baptist church and graveyard in Kansas on a rainy hilltop where a couple locals were sitting under a Marquis celebrating Memorial day. They put flowers out on all the graves and flags on the veterans graves, they said they recycle left over flowers from past years and put them on any unkept graves. I unfortunately didn't take a photo as it felt like it would be touristy and disrespectful but it was a beautiful scene. It was cold and windswept so my daughter and I didn't talk to them long.

    Edit photos uploaded for today and past 3 days. Kiwi thanks for fleshing out the Hays plain analogy. The 1st photo is to show this countries love of incarceration, how would you like to rot in jail for throwing away a cigarette butt, food for thought though I'll admit I don't know if it's ever been applied.
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    DPR,

    Those fines are not employed enough , but once in a while someone goes to jail for starting a big fire.

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    Somebody put the second to last pic up as a mirror image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgosden View Post
    DPR,

    Those fines are not employed enough , but once in a while someone goes to jail for starting a big fire.
    This time of year in CA, a cigarette butt thrown from a vehicle can do a lot of damage.
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