Day 4 • Topeka, KS to Amarillo, TX KS, OK, TX

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day..  I know it’s from Oklahoma, but it applies to Kansas.  The morning light shining on the sunflowers and the rolls of hay made this morning’s drive the best !

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Not many cars on this road, and hardly a truck in sight.  I’m a sucker for all those big rolls of hay in a nice green field. One big sculpture.

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I feel the same about some of those rows of trees off in the distance.

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First stop was Wichita.

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No one else around at those chargers,

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and even the shopping centers were closed at that hour.

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There was a designer nails store open so I figured I’d get a manicure, but I peeked inside..  dark and dirty and grim.  I decided against it..  Instead I walked to get an iced coffee.

 

 

More nice landscape and more big giant sky.   The Perry, OK Superchargers are by a gas station, truck stop, dingy Subway.

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Not much to do there so I didn’t stay long.  Oklahoma City was just over an hour away and I’d never been to those Superchargers since they just opened recently.   I drove in to an outlet mall parking lot to find a black car charging.  As I pulled in and plugged in a woman in camouflaged fatigue got out of the car.  We talked for a while.  She’s just back from Iraq, has had the car for two and a half years, same as mine.  She loves her car, and drives 80 miles to the base from her house, so she has 50,000 miles on her car !  (I just reached 35,000).  It was a pleasure talking to Monique (Dr. Monique Hassan) while I charged.  OKC.Monique.02601She drove home, and I went to look in the Columbia store.  Not as good as the one by the superchargers in MD, but a nice way to spend a short time waiting for the car to charge, in air conditioned comfort.  It’s about 95 degrees out there..

At Oklahoma City I turned west, skipping one supercharger an hour away to get to Shamrock, TX.  I knew those chargers, and was hoping the restaurant in the 1930’s gas station/Chamber of commerce would be open.

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No such luck.  I’m not sure it is ever open..

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I wanted to have a full charge here just in case I had the energy to make it to Tucumcari.  It’s over 200 miles, so I wasn’t sure if I could make it before the sun went down.. or I got too tired to drive..   So I went to Vern’s for dinner while the car was charging.

 

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Yes, the waitress called me “hon”.   The food was OK.  Not as good as the signs….

Off into the sun on I-40 headed to Amarillo.

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Lots of huge wind turbines,

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and lots of trucks…

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I’m taking some of these photos with my phone (iPhone 6),  but others with a new Sony mirrorless camera that is growing on me.   It’s the new A7 RII with a 24-70mm Zeiss lens.  Smaller than my Canon 5D III with image files that are comparable !   for the photo geeks out there..

I checked into a Holiday Inn Express with a few Tesla wall chargers.  When I arrived, there was a nice silver Tesla from California already plugged in.  I pulled in next to that car and plugged in.

 

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Next stop, New Mexico !

 

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