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( October 8th, 1980 to November 8th, 1980 )

The route for Kansas
passed through or near:
  • Syracuse
  • Garden City
  • Dodge City
  • Pratt
  • Kingman
  • Belle Plaine
  • Elk City
  • Coffeeville
  • Route information
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Stan Adamson was the Kansas Coordinator for HikaNation.

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storeRefueling
October 13, 1980 -- Day 185


Q: Does Kansas have any trees or hills??
A: Yes, 3 of each, and we are taking side trips to see one of each.


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dinnerDinner at Caleb's Lake
October 14, 1980 -- Day 186

For the most part, we traveled on dirt roads through Kansas, located about a 1/2 to 1 mile, south or north, from the main highways. Carrying a lot of food in the backpack was now eliminated due to frequent stores ( see previous photo) near our route, making for more varied and enjoyable meals.


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historical markerDodge City Historical Marker
October 15, 1980 -- Day 187




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stagecoach2Dodge City
October 16, 1980 -- Day 188

Street view of the stagecoach building mural.


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stagecoachStagecoach
October 16, 1980 -- Day 188




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front streetFront Street, Dodge City
October 16, 1980 -- Day 188

Our camp was located in front of the main tourist attractions of Dodge City: Front Street and Boot Hill.


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frontstreet2Another Front Street view
October 16, 1980 -- Day 188




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gunfight Gunfight
October 16, 1980 -- Day 188




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homecomingHomecoming Parade
October 16, 1980 -- Day 188

Dodge City High School Homecoming festivities.

Homecoming Hike
by Greg Smith



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bonfireHomecoming bonfire
October 16, 1980 -- Day 188

mmm...fire...good...warm


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lunchLunch
October 17, 1980 -- Day 189




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windbreakA welcome windbreak
October 18, 1980 -- Day 190

In addtion to corn and wheat, hay was plentiful in Kansas. Even though temperatures were nippy, lunch breaks were windless and warm to due windbreaks such as this.


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corncampMilo Field
October 20, 1980 -- Day 192

Somewhere before Pratt, the challenge of this campsite was to pitch a tent without a corn stalk sticking through your tent and into your back.


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cunninghamCunningham, Kansas
October 23, 1980 -- Day 195

a very cold day


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bleakandcoldBleak and cold
October 28, 1980 -- Day 200

13 miles west of Belle Plaine, Ks, temperatures dropped to single digits at night.


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pancakesBelle Plaine "Coleman" breakfast
October 29, 1980 -- Day 201

mmmmm....pancakes and bacon and ....

Experience Is The Key Word
by Joann Anderson, The Belle Plaine News



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wrappedJiamie Pyles, the youngest participant
October 29, 1980 -- Day 201




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halloweenHalloween
October 31, 1980 -- Day 203




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davishayDixon's hay meadow/campsite
November 2, 1980 -- Day 205




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fallcolorsFall colors
November 3, 1980 -- Day 206

A few fall colors remaining, and a few hikers in the middle of the road.


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condemnedCondemned bridge crossing
November 4, 1980 -- Day 207

One of the more exciting things to traverse in Kansas----a minor balancing act on exposed steel girders.


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tv -- pm magazineTV -- PM Magazine
November 4, 1980 -- Day 207

A television crew visitied the Oak Ridge Campground for interviews and footage.


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tvrexRex being interviewed
November 4, 1980 -- Day 207




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nahanNathan
November 4, 1980 -- Day 207

The son of our Kansas state coordinator, Stan Adamson.


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laketrailElk City Lake Trail
November 5, 1980 -- Day 208

One, and maybe the only hiking trail in our Kansas travels.

Crossing the nation one step at a time
by Chris Riggs, Independence Sunday Reporter



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laketrail2Another Elk City Lake Trail view
November 5, 1980 -- Day 208

Although it was less than a one day hike on this trail, we were finally able to hike off of the dirt and paved roads of Kansas.


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aftersunsetAfter sunset
November 6, 1980 -- Day 209

Elk City Lake Campground


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lastdayLast day for one
November 8, 1980 -- Day 211

Willie, at the Kansas/Oklahoma border---he had hike the entire Continental Divide earlier this year, joined HikaNation afterwards, and was leaving for home today.


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kansas--oklahoma borderKansas -- Oklahoma border crossing
November 8, 1980 -- Day 211

A rock cairn and a paper "Welcome" sign marked the entry into Oklahoma.


...on to Oklahoma


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