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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

POST 1306; APRIL 30, 2014; PRATT, KANSAS

Best laid plans, etc. etc.

Fully intended to over night in GREENSBURG again.

Instead, iced up the food box; gassed up SPIA-2.  Drove to GREENSBURG outskirts, parked SPIA-2 and fighting srtong wind, put in one more 2-hour walk towards the village of CULLISON, some 20 miles distant.
Took no pics.  The prairie is beautiful, but offers few options for photography.

Then drove to CULLISON; drove the dusty streets (no paving in town), finding only private property, drove back to US 54, parking under the branches of a copse of trees as the Sun fell behind the trees.  

A calm peaceful night !

At 6:30 am local, was walking West toward GREENSBURG, returning to SPIA-2 three hours later.
Served up some RAISIN BRAN with yogurts (2).  Then drove the 8 miles to the City of PRATT, Kansas...a very nice well appointed small city.  Parked SPIA-2; then, walked another 3 hours, returning to SPIA-2 just at 12:00 NOON.

Dropped in at VERIZON, who arranged a new Cell Phone Battery which I will pick up in WICHITA, Kansas on Monday, May 05.

Am again at PIZZA HUT to do today's blog update.  PIZZA HUT has the best WI FI facilities.

SPIA-2, the morning after parking over night in CULLISON, Kansas.

Like this pic for it' depth and contrasts. 

A challenge with only 1/2 view screen in the camera.

Morning started out clear and sunny.  Within 45 minutes, a COLD front moved in with rising winds - estimate at 35 mph.  I nearly froze.  The Sun heated it up enough to break the cloud cover into puffy CUMULUS clouds. 

The wind is continuing to diminish, but blowing out of the North West, is quite cold.

Ever Present Grain Storage Silos...this one belonging to CULLISON, Kansas.

Entering PRATT. Kansas.

PRATT version of a RIVER !

DOT (Department Of Transportation) Highway Maintenance Material Storage Area.

WIND MILL BLADE.  96 feet long, if I recall correctly.  I show the BUTT END, showing the ring of mounting bolts which the blade uses for attaching to the Generator Hub.  Three such blades are installed on each windmill.

SHERIFF JEFF told me the City of GREENSBURG has planned hundreds of these windmills to the West of town, to further their "GREEN" program to create a city of planned "recycle" development.

WIND MILL Blade being transported on US 54.

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Plan to over night at PRATT WALMART.  In the morning, will walk 4 + hours toward WICHITA, Kansas, some 70 miles distant.

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