June 1, 2018, Sedalia, MO- I exited Limon, around 8AM, as the goal was to get across Kansas and to Sedalia as quickly as possible, as I had read what sounded like an invitation to a premier musical festival, Dutch treat of course, but interesting, nonetheless. Just so we’re clear, I do not regard Kansas, or any place other than the ocean- as flyover country.
Here are a couple of reasons, one in particular, why I chose to stop in Limon last night. Yes, they share our mascot!
I headed out with a bit of the continental breakfast under my belt, and had a fairly easy drive- though I stopped several places en route, to reinforce the duct tape that is keeping a loose panel on my car in place. Jerry rigging is not my favourite way of keeping things together, but it’ll not be until tomorrow before I can properly apply the JB Weld that’ll secure the piece for good- and then only weather permitting. The wind across Kansas was especially vigourous today. Otherwise, I stopped only in Colby for a hot dog and kept well on track. Even Kansas City, at 6 P.M., was not a problem.
I arrived in Sedalia around 8 P.M., and found what was apparently the last single bed room in town. Not surprising was this, given the International cast laid upon the Ragtime Festival, honouring Scott Joplin, a key promulgator of ragtime, who lived in Sedalia for several years and taught piano there. One of Sedalia’s major thoroughfares is named in his honour.
I went downtown for about an hour, and learned that the person who invited me here was unable to join the festivities, tonight or tomorrow. It took a fair amount of mental processing to figure that one out, but I did get some enjoyment out of the bit of ragtime that was being performed in a large brew pub- despite my not being one to go sit in a bar with people who have no interest in me as a person.
Sedalia is a lovely town, though, as we will see tomorrow. In the meantime, here are a few scenes of downtown, by night.