Still here

My stomach is feeling much better right now. That McDonald’s breakfast has finally gotten out of my system. I swear never again. No way.

I’m still at Buffalo Wild Wings, playing trivia, watching the Royals (they’re losing to the Red Sox 4-2 in the sixth) and the Steelers-Ravens NFL game (Baltimore up 17-6 in the third). It’s quiet here, but that won’t be the case a week from tonight, since Kansas State is hosting Auburn and there will be an NFL game on at the same time.

I figure I’m going to have to leave the hotel by 6:30 if I want to get to Morse-McCarthy Chevrolet at a good hour. They open at 7, and it will take 30-35 minutes for me to get from the Courtyard on Tiffany Springs to 9201 Metcalf. I’m probably not going to take US 36 straight across from St. Joseph to Smith Center, but I could if I had the time.

The drive on US 36 west from the Missouri River to either Smith Center or Phillipsburg can be grueling. Not much scenery, although there’s a McDonald’s in Hiawatha, a Hardee’s in Marysville, and a good Dairy Queen in Belleville which is owned by Alan Sheets, the principal at Republic County High School. Once you get west of US 81, however, you’d better be able to survive until Smith Center, because there is next to nothing in between, even Mankato, the seat of Jewell County.

Smith Center and Oakley should be a pretty good game. The Plainsmen will be playing their first official Mid-Continent League game against a school which defeated them four times in the playoffs between 2003 and 2009. The Redmen are nowhere near the juggernaut they were during those postseason meetings, but they aren’t chopped liver, either.

Speaking of Republic County and Belleville, that’s where Russell High plays tomorrow night. Frank Mercer is going to cover it. It’s a very long drive–137 miles-from Russell, but at least it’s all four-lane highway. On some days, I can make it from Russell to Belleville faster than I can from Russell to Smith Center. The speed limit on US 281 from Russell to Osborne is 60 miles per hour for the most part, save for the seven-mile concurrency with K-18 from Waldo to Luray where it’s 65. The road is also very narrow for the most part, and I cannot count the number of deer and coyotes which have skittered across the pavement through the years. Of course, there’s the one which sheared off part of the front end of the driver’s side of my car this past March 3.

I still am very apprehensive about driving 281 at night. I will detour to Phillipsburg and go down US 183 before I try my hand at 281 at night, at least right now. I realize I hit a deer on 183 many years ago, but it’s far safer than 281 or 283, which runs from Norton to WaKeeney. There was one night where I saw three different deer on 283, all between the Norton-Graham County line and I-70.

I don’t know how much longer I’m staying at Buffalo Wild Wings. I’m going to finish my sandwich and this round of trivia at least.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on September 11, 2014, in KSHSAA, Major League Baseball, National Football League, Personal and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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