The Minivan Diaries: Day 3

Ten reasons why Colorado > Kansas:

  1. I don’t know how it’s possible, but Western Kansas has even less to look at than Eastern Kansas.
  2. This time of year (apparently harvest season–I can only imagine they are harvesting corn since that’s all we saw today while in Kansas) something gross called a chinch bug swarms and takes over every bit of the state.  They look like huge black beetle/roach hybrids.  They are EVERYWHERE.  Including INSIDE our hotel room.  Here, I’ll use the word “hotel” very loosely.  I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
  3. The vast majority of the exits off 70W through Kansas are not actually what most of the general public is used to…you know, with restaurants and gas stations and such.  They are just other roads to nowhere.  It really sucks when you’ve downed 2 liters of water and 32 ounces of Diet Coke, and keep seeing signs for these alleged “exits”.
  4. I don’t care that Bob Dole is from Kansas.  That’s what most of the billboards advertise though.  Not restrooms or restaurants AT THE NEXT EXIT.
  5. Speaking of restaurants, according to my favorite iPhone app (Chick-Fil-A Locater) the only living Chick-Fil-A in the entire state of Kansas is at a university (KSU?) in Wichita, which is NOT on 70W.
  6. When we left Kansas at 8:30 this morning it was 107 degrees, and felt every bit of that.  When we crossed the border into Colorado, I’m not kidding, it was 67 degrees.  A whole FORTY degrees cooler.  Enough said.
  7. Colorado has cell and internet reception through almost the entire state.  I could always squash my opponents in Words With Friends, no matter where I was.
  8. Colorado’s rest areas (we stopped at 2 today, by the way) are far superior to any other I’ve seen.  I mean one even had a general store and ice cream shop.  I’m still against rest areas, but if I had a gun to my head and had to choose one visit, it would be one in Colorado.
  9. You can legally drive 75 miles an hour on the interstate in Colorado.  Which by my standards, means at least 85 or 90.
  10. Last but not least, Colorado is home to some of my favorite people–including Dana and Jeff, who I get to see tomorrow YAY!!!!  Let the real adventure (sans minivan and kids) begin!
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