♪ ♪ “Up with the sun, gone with the wind” ♫ (Bob Seger, Travelin’ Man) That was pretty much how each day went, up early and windy riding days. The genesis for this trip came from a Cycle World article on Must Ride Roads in America. The first one they did was the route from Mexican Hat, Utah to Torrey, Utah. I built the entire trip around that ride and a chance to see family and friends in Arizona. I also planned the trip around avoiding interstate highway as much as possible. Day 1. Rolla, MO to Liberal, KS. I was antsy and woke up early so I got on the bike and left at 0430. I figured it’s only 179 miles of I-44 and I’ve seen it many times before so why not ride it in the dark and get a jump on the days mileage. The route across Kansas would be Hwy 160 that took me through Coffeyville so I had the Eagles “Doolin’ Dalton” running through my head for a while. Don’t let anyone tell you Kansas is flat and boring. Well, maybe I-70 is, but southern Kansas has enough scenery to keep you happy. While fairly straight, the road between Medicine Lodge and Coldwater is the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway that runs through rolling hills, mesas, and buttes. Late afternoon found me in Liberal, KS and the hotel clerk said there was the Mid-America Air Museum to see, as well as Dorothy’s House which was just around the corner from the hotel. After unloading the bike I went to walk on the Yellow Brick Road and then over to the museum. I found out at the museum that Gen Larry D. Welch, former Air Force Chief of Staff, graduated from Liberal High School. I was in the Air Force at the same time Gen Welch was our top dog.