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highways Personal

Car work

Back in December, I bought a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country. Yesterday, I took it in to Gregg Tire for mainenance. $320 later, I had the transmission and power sterring flushed, and, of course, an Oil Change. The Power Steering was creaking whenever I turned the wheel, and the fluid levels may have been a little low before going in. It sounds a lot better now, and I don’t expect any other major maintenance on her for a while.

Here’s a pic of my van, in case you haven’t seen it before. Now all I need is a name.

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highways

I-70 mess

Earlier this month, part of I-70 in Elllis county was closed after a truck load sliced through part of the deck.

Ryan in Colorado has pictures at his site

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highways weather

Dang, It’s Cold

While refilling my supposedly empty washer fluid basin, I found that it wasn’t quite as empty. I had the bug-cleaning formula of Prestone, and the recent cold snap caused the mixture to freeze solid!!!

Meanwhile, I’m stupid enough to go train watching after over half a foot of snow fell on Wendsday. I did wait until the counties got the roads bladed….

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highways Politics

SLT Column Posted

With the South Lawrence Trafficway back in the news, I have posted this column.

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highways local politics

New SLT stuff

Two new articles have been published on the front of the local section regarding the South Lawrence Trafficway

Quality of new, restored wetlands center of debate — questioning of if any mitigated wetlands will be good enough

KDOT could file lawsuit over trafficway — KDOT is prepared to call the “wetland supporters” on wheather they have enough evidence to prove that the EIS is fatally flawed.

I’ve been considering writing up an opinion colum for some time. I may consider implementing it soon.

I believe that a south of the river “avoidance” route, which the “wetland supporters” are claiming would be good for the wetlands, would acutally be worse for the wetlands than the preferred 32nd Street route, meaning that it’s not a true avoidance route.

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highways

Egged Again

Back in December my car got hit by the Harvard Road Egg Squad. early this morning, they were at it again. This time, however, I think I got most of the egg cleaned off without problem. The last hit caused some damage to the already slghtly weak paint that I have had to touch up a couple times.

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highways

100,000

The car hit 100,000 miles as I hit 6th and Iowa coming home from Kennedy Glass after replacing the Spark Plugs, wires, and the air filter.

I noticed a falloff in fuel mileage, and wanted to be proactive to prevent any problems. The spark plugs were visibly worn to the point where the excessive gap was visible. The air filter had not been replaced since I bought her.

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highways

New tags

Back in March, I went to the Treasurer’s office and applied for the new personalized “Vanity” tags. I paid the fee and went on my way.

Today, I went to the courthouse to renew my tags and pick up the new plates. My car now carries my “handle” of ‘ROUTE56’

Here’s a shot of the front plate. In Kansas, vanity plates are presented in pairs, even though only the rear plate is technically required. I’m holding on to it until I can mount it where it belongs 🙂
pic of the front plate

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highways

returning home

At Colby, Kansas tonight

Parts of old US 24 are still maintained by the Colorado Department of Transportation, including a short segment east of Burlington apparatntly to access a CDOT maintaince facility. It’s hard to tell what part of the frontage road is state maintained, as the pavement is consistant, if a little rough, all the way to the border. In addition, westbound traffic on old 24 encounters a “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” sign.

There’s an old rodeside park on old 24 between Burlington and the border. All that’s there is a fire pit, which has a plaque dedicated to the Blue Star Memorial Highway

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highways Personal

vacation notes

two days on the road…. we’ve made it to the Quality Suites at Evergreen Parkway on the west side of Denver.

When fueling up in Wakeeney, the Phillips 66 station offered 89 Octane gas as regular, and 90 for midgrade. Ethanol fuel, anyone.

At Goodland, several members of a car colector club happened to be travelling back to Denver. The group dove around in classic Fords and Mercurys.