After much planning and preparation we left on July 19, heading north out of the Dallas area. This time we chose a quieter route up I-75 and onto Hwy 82 west until we connected with I-35 north of Denton heading toward Oklahoma City. Much better route and less traffic! We drove through the Moore area and witnessed a lot of the destruction from the tornados. The citizens here are doing a great job of cleanup and rebuilding. Thank goodness Oklahoma has built several nice rest areas as we had planned to drive straight through and they were a pleasant break for the four of us. Our destination for the first night was Air Capital RV Park in Wichita, KS. What a good job they have done in planning this park. Nice drives, concrete, and green grass made it seem like an oasis! We had a large pull thru spot with 50 Amp so we could run both air conditioners; it was 103 when we parked!
Wichita is the largest city in Kansas with population over 380,000 and the Sedgwick county seat. The name Air Capital comes from the fact that beginning in the early 1920s airplane pioneers like Stearmen, Cessna, Beechcraft and Mooney were building their airplane manufacturing businesses here. This continued for years and eventually Boeing came to Wichita. Even now Cessna and Beechcraft remain here and over 50 businesses in the area are still related to the aircraft industry. Many oil exploration companies are located in this area and one of the largest, Koch Industries, has its home offices here. Wichita was selected as one of the top 10 big cities to live in by CNN and Money Magazine in 2006. Great town and perfect place for our stop over!