Denver , CO to Shawnee, OK off the beaten path
Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
241Trip End Mar 15, 2007
With apologies to cornhuskers everywhere, I avoided Kansas and went through south eastern Colorado. The road conditions are quite variable. Some are just slabs of concrete (bump, bump, bump), others not bad and still others with heaves in the road, potholes and dips which force the steering and wheels badly. It made for interesting and shaky driving; however, I wondered if it was my car that was causing some of the problem.
For the most part the roads were flat also with some interesting rock formations cropping up every now and again
After Lamar I wound my way down SR 285 to highway 3 and Boise City. By this time I was climbing up to high plains area, past red, red soil and extraordinary landscapes in parts and then coming down into the winding North Canadian (wonder why it is named that) river valley. Continuing along highway 270 the weather reports said severe weather and thunderstorms in Dewey County heading into Kingfisher County which was - eeeekkkk - right where I was.
An additional problem was that at some point in the day my "check engine light" came on in the car. A bit of a worry as I was overdue a servicing and had been noticing for some time (since California) that my steering was a bit bumpy, seem to be pulling and the wheels seemed to be correcting for each other like driving on ice. Either the steering and alignment need to be checked or the roads were not in good shape. Could be as easily one as the other I'd say.
Just about that point I was pulled over by the Highway Patrol for speeding