The sky was grey and I have to say I did think of tornadoes but it was just a regular cloudy morning and that was quite a blessing because as soon as the clouds burned off it was like walking through a hot tub with your clothes on.
Due to my experience the day before I had a new plan. Stop at every gas station I saw no matter how little gas I needed. This plan lasted about 20 min. It turns out that this part of Kansas while not booming is distinctly more populated than the part of Eastern Colorado that I had been driving through and my gas gauge was still all the way at full when I passed the next gas station. Despite the apparent abundance of gas stations I never let the tank get lower than 3/4 full and this turned out to be a good thing. Not as you may be thinking because of the gas but because of the bulletin boards that were in many of the gas stations. I put Gaelic cards on every bulletin board I saw. Again maybe they will be the one thing that leads to someone else learning Gaelic.
took more pictures of abandoned buildings, mostly from the car while driving. The joy and freedom of the open road lasted through most of the morning slowly being replaced by a desire to get where I was going.
At lunch time I pulled off on a small side road. It turned out to be called Xavier, I thought that was a bit auspicious (because of my going to university at St Francis Xavier). The farmer who owned the land came by as I was finishing my lunch and we had a nice chat. He told me that the wheat was shorter than normal due to lack of rain and all about his family and heritage (Irish, Danish and Swedish) and his family. He said he'd show me around but he had things to do but that I was welcome to take pictures and if I went back across the highway there was a tall hill that from which I could get some better views. :) he went on his way and I took a few pictures and then got back on the road.
Finally I pulled in to my brother's house, grateful to have arrived and very happy to see my sister-in-law, niece and nephew. Fortunately I had brought my collection of plastic animals that I use in teaching Gaelic and was an instant hit with my niece. We were putting the animals into the barn when my brother got home.
When my nephew was born I was living in Scotland, I bought him a tartan blanket from the same store in Edinburgh that my grandparents had got me a tartan blanket when I was born. I also got him some Gaelic board books. He is 13 now and on this visit I am going to record the Gaelic for those books finally.
here are some pictures from yesterday