Sorry for the long delay between posts. I ran into a snag when I found out Mapquest no longer lets you enter multiple destinations for a map. It has to be done point to point. I didn't want to swamp people with too many maps--then I got the brilliant idea of merging them with Photoshop. It's a bit fuzzy, but should do for the purpose of giving a general idea of our itinerary!261-490 miles
Lots of unusual sights to visit on this leg! In case you can't tell, we are wandering up near the Nebraska border in this stage.
From Norton, east on 36 to Phillipsburg, which has a railroad museum and is also the home of my friend Darlene!
Continuing east on 36, to US-281 and then a few miles north, we come to Lebanon, Kansas (kind of between the 'r' and 'g' of Phillipsburg). Just a bit outside of town there is a marker denoting the geographic center of the 48 contiguous US states. Gotta see THAT!
Going SE from Lebanon (281 to 181 to 24) we head for Cawker City. This is the home of ONE of the largest balls of twine in the world. (This link details the various arguments of the three contenders, in case you GOTTA know!)
They also have a church with an extremely old pipe organ, and a nice recreational lake area.
By doubling back a little (24 to 281 to 18), we will get to Lucas, Kansas, home of the Garden of Eden
, a huge eccentric art/political commentary project from the early part of last century. Another sight not to be missed!
From Lucas we will head back east on 18 until we get to US 81, and ride that highway until we get to Minneapolis. Minneapolis, Kansas. From there it's a short hop to the defunct town of Lamar, Kansas. I have decided to collect Lamars, or at least photos of them.