Day 14- Amarillo, TX to Wichita, Kansas

Trip Start Oct 06, 2009
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Trip End Oct 21, 2009


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

10/21/2009
Day 14
Amarillo, Texas to Wichita, Kansas
In the famous words of Pepe LePew, "Le Sigh". That should just about say it all.  Vacation is winding down, we are on the return trip home, and yup, you might have figured it out, it started raining last night.  Well, I guess I should say that we had 5 days this trip with no rain at all for 24 hours, the rest, and well, it rained.  There was a real pretty thunderstorm show with lightening last night.  We ate at the Big Texan (the place on of the competitions was held at in the"Great American Roadtrip); it's a Route 66 Icon along with some other places we stopped at.  For those who watched the Disney movie cars I will reference these locations in the Cars form as well.  Last night we went to “Cadillac Ranch”, aka (the idea for the angled mountains in the cars movie), today we stopped at the VW bug Ranch (5 bugs, no cars reference), we drove by the leaning water tower (The leaning tower of tires in the movie), and stopped at the U-Drop-Inn café and gas station which is now a chamber of commerce building and the café closed due to inability to remain open, (aka Ramones shop).  We attempted to go to Palo Duro canyon (The idea for the canyon, that and Havasu falls in Arizona at the Grand Canyon) and the ghost town of Jericho and the Jericho gap, but as the hazard of the Jericho gap with rain and mud, Route 66 was never paved here and travelers got stuck on a regular basis here thus, needless to say, why we didn’t go there. 

We also stopped at a place for a geocache, like one Colin and I got last year going to space camp, with a big cross.  It was really kind of interesting, in that, it had stages of the cross and the crucifixion, with a tomb with angels, showing him carrying the cross, and this gigantic cross that looks to be probably at least 4 stories high.

In Oklahoma, we stopped at the Oklahoma city bombing National Memorial, we walked around and looked at all the different things people had left on the fence in memory of loved ones, the empty chairs with the names of those killed in the bombing (both big chairs for the adults and little chairs for the children, all with names of each person killed in the bombing) and the reflection pool with the two entrances showing the times of the bombing (which lies where the street had been).

It has been cold and rainy today, pretty much has not stopped.  I type this as we drive to Wichita, KS and the rain is still coming down.  We are nearing the exit for Ponca City, OK, brings back some memories of the trip down here to see Erik 9 years ago.
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