Day 6: June 14, 2011
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It seems entirely believable that Kansas possesses the longest piece of straight two-land pavement on Earth.

Once again, came through with a side trip. It was a century old sod house about a dozen miles south. Fittingly, the dirt house was accessed by dirt roads. About ten miles south on one dirt road then east a couple of miles on a narrower dirt road then south just a bit on another dirt road. RoadsideAmerica calls it a bed & breakfast. I've got my doubts about that but apparently the place can be rented. There is an authentic Historic Registry plaque but the hand carved wooden one seems more appropriate. There are a few small out buildings and a couple of old tractors. A sign on the door offers some valuable information. I'd passed a couple of pickup trucks, a Subaru Outback, and even a semi-truck on the road that connects with US 36 but nothing on the others. When I got back to the intersection, the only fresh tracks were mine.

Apparently I saw nothing I thought worth photographing through eastern Colorado and the outskirts of Denver and Boulder. The first Colorado picture is of the entrance to Rocky Mountains National Park then one inside the park as I drove on toward my goal. That's it, I guess, in the third photo. As Dale Sanderson explains on his End of US Highway 36 page, there is no actual end sign. He does document several related signs nearby. In my photo, that is US 34 going off to the right and straight ahead. Since the only place US 36 can end is at US 34, I'm guessing it must end right about where that traffic island is.

With my mission accomplished, I headed to the Moraine Campground and picked out a site. Old folks get into National Parks free (with a lifetime $10 pass) and get campsites for half price. My home is secure and I'm ready for the forces of nature up to and including mild breezes and light sprinkling.

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