August 20th, 2001



At least, now, I've seen to have got the computer the way I want it, and catched up with a lot of the stuff I were supposed to do..
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Waco. The most interesting part of the journey. Spent some time as a guest in a family. They were lovely, truly.
At least it made me experience life there, a bit closer. Both getting a better idea of how my online-frined lived, as well as how life in Texas is.

Hmm.. were able to chat with one I were supposed to photograph while I were in USA, and it turned out I could've done it. We've been talking about it, but then it turned out while I were in USA, she would be in Hawaii. I thought she was, and didn't include her in the plans. It wasn't until I were in Waco, I found out she hadn't gone to Hawaii, instead being home and lonely with endless time on her hands, but by that time, it was too late to include her. Darn!

Left Waco for Lubbock, TX. Driving through West Texas was really great. I don't know. I just liked it. In fact, I loved Texas a lot, in general. Warm, kinda laid back and very friendly people. The only part I didn't like, was the radio. Driving through Abilene, it was tons of radio-stations to listen to, of which 90 % played country, the other 10 percent being Christian. Not that much of a choise. Made it to Lubbock Sunday evening. And, of course, the Buddy Holly Center were closed Sundays and Mondays.. Darn. Tried to find my way around, but.. despite liking Lubbock, it was hell finding your way around it, and after some attempts at finding Buddy Holly Walk of Fame etc, I gave up and drove to Amarillo, where I spent the night. At least, they had a really great Classic Rock station in Lubbock.

Moved on to Clayton, New Mexico, which became the furtherst West I came. Then drove up along a scenic road in Rand McNally's, towards the Black Mesa area on the border between New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado. A slight detour, but.. I'm sure glad I made it, since it was the most beatiful place I saw in USA, and only second after Scotland.
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It became an abrubt ending in the last journal, since I had to run to my work.

Well.. Black Mesa. Oklahoma's Highest place. As I said.. a really great looking place. For some reason, about there, I kinda hooked up with Santa Fe Trail, and followed it. Not intentional, but.. There sure were tons of "Historical Marker" all along the way, almost all having a connection with Santa Fe Trail.
Through Oklahoma, really really flat, up to Colorful Colorado, where I were able to buy a "25" Marlboro. For some reason, the only place I ever saw them, were there. Also bought a 3 l Dr. Pepper. For some reason, Dr Pepper seems to have a problem getting somewhere in Sweden. It's been avaible for a long time, but has changed distributor a couple of times, and even if it's with a fairly big producer now, they refuse to sell it in larger bottles than 0.50 l. With Dr. Pepper and Marlboros, I started out through Kansas. Well.. Kansas. Flat, straight roads and silos. The fields were almost all, circular due to they placing one end of the irrigation firmly in the middle, and then moving it around in a circle, instead of moving it from edge to edge in a rectangle which is the usual. In Kansas, a long way, I were traveling down the longest straigh road I've ever been to. Along the way, about 5 miles apart, there were a huge white silo, or 2, and a small village around it. The churches of Kansas, I called it..
Dodge City. An important place along the Santa Fe Trail, of course, and they sure takes advantage of it, with Western Museum etc etc. Whatever, it was kinda amazing to be in West Texas, and then following Santa Fe Trail. To be where the "Wild West" were. Something that, for some reason, has became a world-wide myth, with Cowboys and Indians etc.. And now I'm not talking about sport.
Made it to Salina, which I'd used as a target. Came there in the evening, when it were dark, and lightning further west, was ripping through the night. On TV, in the motel, they had a running text with warnings about the severe thunderstorms.
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Bridges of Madison County

When I woke up in Salina, whatever rain and thunder there were, had passed. Except 5 drops of rain hitting my car outside of Clayton, NM. When it comes to downtowns, Salina, Kansas was among the most beautiful I saw in USA.

Well.. I moved on. Up to Nebraska and I-80 East. Omaha was kinda scary, with all Highways coming together and going out and tons of lanes, and the fastes traffic I experienced in USA.
Iowa. Another drastic change. Suddenly, all fields were terraces. Being that close, I had to take a detour down to Madison County and see one of the famous covered bridges. So, after some country roads and even some unpaved, I were at Roseman Bridge. The main bridge of the book, and the one used in the movie. It was.. nice. Very beautiful, but the most charming thing about it, was inside. Something you don't see that often, even if you actually see some of it in the movie. Yeah.. I had to check that out once I got home. The carved/scratched names inside. Whatever, being there, were really plesant. With the movie and the book being out some 6 - 7 years ago, it's not that much people there, even if it were 2 others car there, while I were there, so I guess it's a steady stream. Apperently not as much as at the height of all the fuzz around the book and movie, when at least 178 tour buses came there during the summer of '95 (compared to 9, two years earlier). The good thing is that, with the decline of tourists, the nearby torist-shop had a sale. Not exactly cheap, but.. compared to what it had been before, it was. Bought a T-shirt with the Bridge, and a book (The book of the Film "The Bridges of Madison County") for half it's original price. Now I think I would've bought it anyway, since I absolutely love that movie (haven't read the novel) and loves movies in general.

Forgot to ask why they built covered bridges, stupid of me. A thing, I guess, I hadn't thought about before. I was lucky. Had a tourist brochure about Madison County with me home, and they answered my question in it. The wood used for the bridges were extremely expensive. That way, they covered the bridge with cheaper wood, to protect the expensive wood from the weather.

While there, I went into Winterset (The main town of Madison County) and had a look at the house were John Wayne was born. Well.. I passed it on the street outside, at least. Only stopped to snap away a picture of it. Even if I love movies, I'm not crazy, and sure not about John Wayne. I guess he's an American "hero", more than anything else, and even if he's famous around the world, he's not that big. Especially in Europe, Clint Eastwood is THE star, in a way that's closer to what John Wayne is in USA.
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