Thursday, May 31, 2007

Land of OZ

That's right Dorothy we are in Kansas. Liberal Kansas to be exact. It was a short 40 mile ride in from Guymon Oklahoma this morning. We all slept in and went for a late breakfast. Jumped on your bikes for a short 2 hour ride into Liberal. The wind was with us so we just whistled in.

Liberal is the home of the Oz museum. So we went over to Oz and visited with Dorthy. The museum for the town is incorporated into the Oz museum. Then after the museum you get to go on the Oz tour. This young woman comes out dressed as Dorothy in the blue gingham dress with braids and ruby slippers. She takes you though a house which is done up as in the movie and then into the Oz museum. It is this large building that as you walk though it you see the scenes from the movie. I think that the word Cheesy pretty much sums it up. However the group of us had just a hoot sitting on the Land of OZ swings and poising in the Munchkins cut out posters.

Later Jim's brother-in-law Bob and Jean drove from Garden City and took us on a city tour, and then we went out for supper. It was great. We had a ton of laughs and a really good meal. The city is just 2 miles inside Kansas and is a town of about 20,000 people. We drove past the air museum unfortunately it was closed. They have a collection of about 100 aircraft. The main employer in the town is the big meat packing plant where they slaughter about 5000 cattle a day.

Right now we are under a tornado watch which is the lowest level of alert. However I must say that the sky is really black and there is some really big lightning strikes and rolling thunder out there.

Today's picture is of Jim and I with Dorothy. I don't think that needs any explanation. The second picture is on this old building across the street from the museum. I liked the idea that Toto eats Purina.

Tomorrow we ride 83 miles into Dodge City. The wild west, where you can see Boot Hill, OK corral. Our hotel is on Wyatt Earp Blvd. (I kid you not) Sounds like a total blast.

Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for all the great comments and kind words.



Ken C. said...

Slept in, late breakfast, 40 miles, two hour ride, wind at your back; sounds like a day off!! Hope the wind stays at your back. I understand that Kansas can be really windy. Really enjoying the blog. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Terry,

Just started reading your blog from the start and it's a great read so far. I'm impressed. Sounds like you'd cope pretty well riding across Australia. However, Paris to Istanbul sounds great too. I considered doing it this year but couldn't escape work. Instead I'm going with a group of friends to Nepal in October to go on a trek that will go near Everest base camp. It means I should do some more walking instead of riding in the next few months. Cheers, Susan from Adelaide, Australia.