Monarchs of the Great Plains


| 8/13/2008 9:19:58 AM


Tags: driving, trip, travel, highway, wind, turbine, energy,

My major concession to higher gas prices has been to set the cruise control to 70. Yes, I know, but it’s slower for me – just ask anyone.The new monarch of the plains - a behemoth of a wind turbine.

Anyway, I’ve managed to squeeze out a few extra mpg for my Geo Prizm – nothing major, but every little bit helps, right? The slowdown, however, has had another positive effect – I’m paying more attention to the scenery. It seems a bit easier to glance to the left or the right, to really see the countryside I’m traveling through, when my car is moving a bit slower than the rest of the traffic.

This was very noticeable on my last two trips west. The homeplace is about 3 1/2 hours from where I currently live, and it’s a relatively easy drive on the interstate. So I head west in the late afternoon, and before the sun becomes too much of a problem, I keep one eye on the road and the other on the view.

Hank Will_1
8/13/2008 8:03:06 PM

Hey Jean -- I also think the wind farms that are sprouting up all over Kansas are pretty fantastic. It's really difficult for me to understand why anyone would prefer a coal-fired plant located anywhere in the state over these majestic giants. I know wind is only part of the solution, but it is one we need to get our minds around.





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