La Junta, CO to Dodge City, KS

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Inside Old Fort Bent @ La Junta, CO

5/22/06

 

La Junta, CO to Dodge City, KS

 

Busy day.  We started right off the bat visiting Bent’s Old Fort National Park
(we just love getting to use our Golden Age Passport card, pays to get old :-} ) just outside La Junta.  It was built on the north bank of the Arkansas River, which was the boundary between the US and Mexico at the time.  A good overview movie starts the tour giving you some history of the fort and the Santa Fe Trail.   Although the fort is not the oridgual structure, having been rebuilt in 1976 for the bi centennial, it defiantly gives you the feel of what life must have been like for the people living there when it was built in 1833.

Two hours later we are on the road to make some miles.

Cantaloupe fields outside La Junta
  I even drove 63 miles today.  Two-lane road with lots of strong side winds and cattle haulers made it somewhat exciting for me.  I am feeling more comfortable with the feel of the RT after that.  Kansas has lots of wheat fields but mainly we were surprised at how many cattle feed lots there are.  We stayed at the Gunsmoke Camp Ground at Dodge City.  Great park, laundry night again for us.  Hot day and evening too thus we had to try their Blue Bunny ice cream cones.  YUM.  We found that Dodge City is supported by two slaughterhouse companies which possibly process 11,000 cattle a day if Dave heard right.  That sure would explain all of the feedlots and cattle haulers we saw.

 

Gas at Lamar, Co  $2.799   17.96 mpg

 

 

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Inside Old Fort Bent @ La Junta, CO
Inside Old Fort Bent @ La Junta, CO
Cantaloupe fields outside La Junta
Cantaloupe fields outside La Junta
Old Fort Bent @ La Juta, CO
Old Fort Bent @ La Juta, CO
Dodge City
photo by: Hummingbird