We made it all the way through Kansas today and it was a very interesting experience to say the least. The state is flat, the culture is weird, and the people are wide.
The highways have high speed limits with limited traffic so we made good time. We made it through the entire state in one day and are now resting this side of Missouri. We won't be able to make distances like that the rest of the trip but it was certainly good to have a good start.
You can definitely see the difference between Kansas and the rest of the country. Every rest stop had a giant convenience store dedicated to hunter gear. It was like being back in Wisconsin without all the cheese. The stares of people are more obvious; although they try and be subtle about it, they stare a little longer at me and the wheelchair before turning away. I guess they don't see many kids in wheelchairs these days.
Something I thought was funny: when I asked for a sprite with lunch, they asked if Mountain Dew was okay. Apparently all they had Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper. They know they're costumers well.
The people are wider than they are in Colorado. I guess this is to be expected since Colorado is so health conscious but it still is shocking to see 300 pound people everywhere. One man at lunch had a full person worth hanging off each side of his chair. A lady at dinner had to walk with a walker because she was too heavy to walk on her own. Unaware of the irony, she very loudly ordered the mashed potatoes with extra gravy, giving instructions that they were to be smothered in it.
There are many other things that are hard to put into words but Kansas is just... different.