Our final leg (420 miles) was rapid and uneventful. It took a total of 6 hours & 15 minutes, including a lengthy stop for lunch and gas in Abilene, once a famous cowboy town). I-70 has a 75 mile per hour speed limit and few distractions (police). I-70 is known here as Kansas’ Main Street, since it traverses the entire lmiddle of the state from east to west. We found out that I-70 was the first of the US’ interstates to be begun, and that the segment across Kansas was the first to be completed. Probably this is because Dwight Eisenhower was born in Abilene and initiated the interstate system when he was President.
We are spending our last night at Country Club Plaza, the mall that I described and uploaded pictures of during our initial stay in Kansas City. We plan to eat again at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque, to end the trip with great barbeque just as we started the trip. The food was just as good this time, but the service was not — it’s amazing how much a server can affect the overall experience.
Watch out, Rhode Island, here we come!