Gra Nomad Wanderings

Monday, May 29, 2006

100th BLOG

What a great way to celebrate the 100th POST - telling you about our fabulous time in Kansas and Missouri.

We returned the Ford Focus to Hertz in Wichita (actually Derby) where Ron and Chari hang out. It served us well for the 2 weeks while we travelled 3,000 miles (4750 km). That's further than across Australia or across USA!

Ken & Corrine Ervin came across to pick us up and take us back to Parsons, Kansas and then to Branson, Missouri. Wow! That Branson is something else! Heaps of shows - lots of 'em country music - and NO SLOT MACHINES! NO GAMBLING! Can you imagine that? Where Las Vegas is flat, Branson is extremely hilly. We saw Shoji Tabuchi, Goldwing Express, Broadway - The Star Spangled Celebration including Merrill Osmond, The World Famous Platters and the and the Duttons! Here's a bit of trivia - the Platters recorded nearly 400 songs, sold over 89 million records, received 230 awards and are recorded in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. We also enjoyed the beautiful unit at at Surrey Resort complete with indoor and outdoor pools and spas as well as a spa in our bedroom! That Robin sure looked after us. On the way home to Parsons (a three hour drive) we called at Ozark and ate at Lamberts Restaurant which is famous for its food and especially for the way they throw you a hot roll when you want one. We ate well! Darn, I didn't take my camera in there!
Back here in Parsons KA, we started practising for Katy Days. This is held on Memorial Day weekend. KATY stands for Missouri Kansas and Texas Railroad. On Saturday we joined heaps of others in the Iron Horse Duathlon, a 5 km run, a 20 mile bike ride and then another 5 km run. Well, as you know, we Keasts don’t run! Isn’t that right Jeremy? We had a good ride, doing the 34 km in 1:14:45 giving us an average of 27.7 kph! Let me assure you, that is quite impressive. Just don’t tell Evan or Blaxland! Hey, we were the fastest tandem in the event! Hence our medals.

We are celebrating knowing Ken and Corrine for 20 years this year! What a great couple. They claim to be in their 80's but that's hard to believe when you see how they operate. They were one of the Servas families we stayed with when we wandered round USA with our 3 young kids back in '86. This is our 3rd visit to Parsons and they've made it out to Oz once. Guess it's their turn to come visit! To Ken and Corrine and their family, to Peggy & their caring church folk at Wesley, to Wayne the eye doctor who organized the cycling, to the friendly people of Parsons.... thanks for your KANSAS hospitality.

Plans are to stick around Parsons for a few more days till Ken takes us over to Wichita on 1st June where we'll spend a week or so with Ron and Chari before flying out of Kansas City for Vancouver - 13 June (yes, just before we get run out of the country by Dept of Immigration.) Hope Brother Bill’s ready for us by then on Vancouver Island.

Did we tell you we're gonna be grandparents? Deb and Brendan are expecting (Sydney Aust. That's where they live, not the name they've chosen!) Bub due in October.... guess we'll still be in Europe at that time. Really keen to get back to Oz and see the family (had to put that in just in case immigration officials are reading this blog!)

Next post will be from Wichita (Derby).

Thanks for those people who've been having a read now and then. Do drop a comment occasionally. It's sure beaut to know who's out there having a read both in Oz and here in USA.

Well that’s it for the 100th blog….. seeya.


At 9:15 AM, Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

Congratulations on your 100th post.

Gra Nomad is a blog that has sparkled from the beginning. You've always got something interesting to say and being able to follow your travels is fantastic. Keep it up.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Jack Yan said...

Wonderful: congratulations on 100! I loved reading about Branson, Mo. for real; prior to this, my only reference was from The Simpsons: ‘Las Vegas if Ned Flanders were running it’.

At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Deb and Brendan, that's exciting!

We're driving up to Derby, WA for nearly three weeks from tomorrow. Hoping to catch some Barramundi.

We'll be out of touch.

Love Bob & Sis

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Keasty said...

Thanks Rodney. You were my first role model I guess. You must be a good teacher!
Thanks Jack... good to hear from you. Yes, Branson was quite something. Glad I didn't have the bike to cycle all those hills! Plenty of shows we didn't see that we'd have liked to catch.
Thanks Bob & Sis. Love ya.

At 3:51 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Sounds like you all had a wonderful time! Branson is in a beautiful part of the country. Wow, a spa in your room??? I would think I had died and gone to heaven. That’s so cool you won the tandem award! Must have been some ride. Congrats on the grandbaby news, as well! I bet his first gift will be a bike, what do you think?

At 11:54 AM, Blogger Raggedy said...

Congratulations on your 100th post.

Congratulations on your upcomming Grandchild.

I enjoyed visiting with you. Thanks for stopping by my place.

Have a wonderful evening!

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At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Orrs said...

Congratulations on becoming grandparents, you are really old now!!!.
No it's great and you will be great at spoiling that bub it may even keep you in Australia a bit more.
All is well here, coming up to the Queens birthday long weekend so that means lots of birthdays in June and half the year gone.
Look after yourselves and God Bless and love to you both

At 1:32 PM, Blogger kathi said...

Congrats on your 100th. I guess I must've missed mine, lol.
I'm glad y'all are enjoying yourself so much. Sounds like a wonderful time. Blessings on you both.

At 12:51 AM, Blogger Johnnie Avocado said...

I love the bike.....

At 5:11 AM, Blogger Rita said...

More congrats on your 100th. I'm so glad you're having a great time here. I'm still popping in to read up on your adventures. Blessings to you all.


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