I wished to visit Cosmosphere in Hutchinson to approximately 280 km away from Topeka. Consequently I left as of early dawn. After a frugal lunch I began the visit at noon to leave five hours later without having all considering. Lonely Planet which is not with a panegyric close affirms: “America's Best Space Museum”. I had visited on the 1/25/2012 John F. Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL, which is remarkable. But I must concede that Cosmosphere presents the space conquest as of its German origins in 1930 with Wernher von Braun. The photos of the gallery thus relates to this aspect and the track race between the USA and the UDSSR but overlooks the technological change. To click on the photograph to visualize the gallery
On Tuesday, August 4 I visited an old village characteristic of the end of the 19th century reconstituted with houses of time, transplanted and restored with their interior. All these reconstituted villages are museums in open-air. It is located on the banks of the Arkansas River close to Wichita, KS, which was also a cowtown around the years 1870-90. It was a dark and rainy day. In middle of afternoon I continued my road to Pratt on the Hwy #400 where I found a Walmart and its carpark. The temperature becomes more bearable at the altitude of 500 meters. The landscapes are characteristic of the Great Plains of the west American, flatness crossed by a rectilinear hwy.
Le mercredi 5 août j’entrais dans Dodge City vers 10h00. L’entrée est caractéristique des villes de la Great Plains, d’immenses silos à grains, des quartiers dépeuplés et délabrés, la railway omniprésente supportant des convois de plusieurs kilomètres tractés par quatre montueuses motrices diesel vrombissantes et hurlantes à chaque passage à niveau non gardé. Par contre le centre-ville est exigu et bien entretenu. Le Old Dodge City est quasi inexistant l’immeuble le plus ancien date de 1879, les autres furent édifiés au début du 20e siècle. Muni du walking tour du Visitor Centre je le parcourais en deux heures me concentrant sur le trail of Fame. Les trottoirs son parsemés de médaillons des notables de la ville dont Wyatt Earp et Doc Holliday. Je déjeunais frugalement dans le camion avant de reprendre la route pour Lamar, CO, où, Oh bonheur, je trouvais un bivouac au bord du mythique Arkansas River.
On Wednesday, August 5 I entered Dodge City around 10:00. The entry is characteristic of the cities of Great Plains, immense grain silos, depopulated and dilapidated districts, the omnipresent railway supporting of convoys of several kilometers tractor drawn by four huge motor coaches diesel humming and howling at each level crossing. On the other hand the downtown area is exiguous and well maintained. Old Dodge City is quasi non-existent the oldest building goes back to 1879, the others were built at the beginning of the 20th century. Provided with the walking tour by Visitor Center I traversed it in two hours concentrating me on the Trail of Fame. Pavements its strewn with medallions of notable of the city of which Wyatt Earp and "Doc" Holliday. I lunched frugally in my truck before taking again the road for Lamar, CO, where, Oh happiness, I found a bivouac at the edge of mythical Arkansas River. To click on the photo below to visualize the photo gallery.
|Bivouac at the edge of Arkansas River|
On Thursday, August 6 on the way towards Howard I visited Royal Gorges Bridge in Canon City with two spectacular attractions, Cloudscraper by ZipRider and Skycoaster whose photos are given by the gallery below. After lunching I traversed the road along Arkansas River to go to Pleasant Valley RV Park where I had appointment with Olivia & Fred of whom I had become acquainted on May 30th, 2012 at the time of my first journey into the USA. The camp-site is located at 2029 m of altitude (GPS), I remained four days there to have rest and acclimatize me to altitude! To click on the photo below to visualize the photo gallery
|Bivouac at the edge of Arkansas River again|
|Olivia & Fred|
Olivia & Fred proposed to me to walk on Friday, August 7. I accepted well readily. We left in the morning to attend rafting the Arkansas River in white water which is the most popular in the USA. Its traverses approximately 20 miles with difficulties From Class I to Class V. We saw the rafters at Hecla Junction. It was a charming spectacle. Further on an activity is proposed to the young people to be driven in space. Olivia & Fred invited me to lunch in Salida. It was a day very enriching by the comments by my hosts. To click on the photo below to visualize the photo gallery
On Saturday, August 8 I accompanied Olivia
& Fred to the Farmer Market in Salida then in other stores of which
Gunshop for my pleasure. We returned to the campground by a
road going along the Arkansas River.
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|Pleasant Valley||At Gunshop|
|At the Farmer Market|
By the means of Fred I became acquainted with a camper-driver, who could make me mosquito nets for the doors of the cabin. I gave him the occlusions by Nouvel' Air as model. Thus the ventilation of my vehicle was improved to refresh the cell during the night. On Sunday morning I was invited to a drink offered by an inhabitant of Pleasant Valley. Of course I was interviewed by the participants.
|Making mosquito nets|
|The hostess of the reception on Sunday morning|