May 25, 2016: We are now into the plains area. We’re seeing more free- range cattle ( thank God) and the fields are dotted with some wild flowers and blowing grasses. The true high desert of Az., NM and the panhandle of Tx are fading behind us. We did stop for a photo of a giant statue of Tex- the local Cowboys must not appreciate his large stature– they have used they pistols or whatever to remove some of his cowboy”parts”– poor boy!! We rode through Stratford Tx just short of the OK border and stopped at the DQ (dairy queens are everywhere) . Some folks had shakes, or chicken sandwiches or a pit stop only. Outside is amazing, the heartbeat of America is all around you. Look at the photo and I hope I captured the feel- a multi- building grainery, a train stacked 2 high with shipping crates and running on longer than you can see . That and a truck lane which we travel safely along, with trucks traveling at 75 mph filled with cattle or freight going who knows where! The truckers are amazing drivers- if safe for them, they give us wide births often a full lane and honk approval. Even the trains are starting to rip their whistles as they pass– we are in the very heart of America- smelling the cows , pigs farm dust and hearing it all!! Ate lunch at a local place with all kinds of college banners hanging- but no Villanova one to be seen. I’m getting one sent when I get home- the Pub on the bricks in downtown Guymon!! Many of the old main streets have brick roads– some showing clearly that they have been previously been covered w asphalt and now scrapped back to brick! No yellow bricks anywhere to be seen! The Brits are flabbergasted by the open spaces and keep asking- are we in the real America yet– I’m laughing to myself and w them saying– I don’t know for sure either– but if this isn’t it I can’t wait to see”it”.