Springfield, Colorado to Clarendon, Texas
Miles Driven Today:
232 miles
Total Miles of Trip:  
5,886 miles
Hours on the Road:  
8:00 hours
Started At:  
10:00 am
Stopped for the Day:  
6:00 pm
   As you can see from the picture above, we are back home in Texas.  Not all the way home yet, but it feels good to be back in our home state.  
    Ben had noticed some looseness in the steering linkage yesterday so, before we set out on our long drive today, he tightened up whatever it is that you tighten up.  He thought it drove much better today so he was glad he had taken the time to do it.  However, by the time he made the repairs and we had breakfast and loaded the car, it was right at 10:00am.  
   It was cold this morning so I started off wearing my jacket and sweatshirt but as the morning went on, kept pulling off the heavier clothes.  I was dozing in the car when I suddenly felt something sting my knee up inside my jeans.  It stung me three times before Ben could get the car off the road and I jumped out of the car trying to get the bee out of my jeans.  Finally, I just dropped my britches and he flew away, as glad to get away as I was to let him.  Fortunately, traffic was light at that moment so I
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Not Home yet but we’ve made it to Texas from Alaska
Day 55 -Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Getting to Anchorage
Looking back by Nancy: Life on the road.
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wasn’t too exposed but a girl has to do what a girl has to do.  Since the stings went away quickly, I’m not sure what it was but spent the rest of the drive reacting to every little itchy feeling to be sure it wasn’t a bee.
   We drove across the last few miles of Eastern Colorado, the Panhandle of Oklahoma, and entered Texas on Hwy 287, just a little above Stratford in the Texas Panhandle.  Most of the land in all three places was very flat, with a lot of cattle or irrigated crops.  There were plenty of feedlots, chicken houses, and pig farms which does not make it ideal to be in an open car.  And, of course, oil wells.
   Hwy 287 goes right through Amarillo, a confusing and very busy city with several major highways converging in the center so we circled out around Amarillo until we could rejoin highway 287 southeast of the city.  As we approached Clarendon, our destination for tonight, we could see a dark storm cloud with lightning straight ahead.  We stopped at a rest stop for a few minutes to see which direction the clouds were moving and finally called the motel to see if the storm had passed over.  Reassured that it was only sprinkling, we headed on into town.  It was a long day (232 miles) but with good, flat roads and nothing much to see, we did fine.  We have a longer day tomorrow and we are finally feeling the heat we’ve been promised.  I even changed into shorts after my encounter with the bee!
Looking back by Ben: The car and driving.
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Ben is adjusting the steering linkage this morning to eliminate
Cattle and oil wells.   Does this say “Texas” or what?
This curious cow wondered what year our car is and where we get
Storm coming in across the flatland, directly over Clarendon wh
We were 17 miles out and parked and watched the storm clouds pa