We’ve mostly spent our time in Southern California and the west in this journey of 30 drives in 30 days, but here’s one that’s way off the beaten track. In fact, it’s one of the most middle of nowhere places east of the Rockies and north of Texas and Oklahoma (two states that specialize in having the middle of nowhere). It’s a drive along US 160 in south-central Kansas, about two hours west of Wichita, a jumping off point to nowhere.

For a few years I was privileged to help out folks after they’d been hit by a disaster as an on-call worker for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. One of my assignments was to work some counties on the west end of an ice storm that had affected an area from northern Oklahoma to Missouri. That took me to Medicine Lodge, Kan., a small farming town about two hours southwest of Wichita. From there, I headed west on US 160, headed toward US 183 north to Greensberg.

I didn’t know it, but I was driving through the Gypsum Hills along the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway. I’ll leave the description and directions to the Kansas Tourism website, but I can tell you this is a spectacular drive.

By the way, while I was driving around the small towns, I photographed many of the old train stations; some of the pictures are posted here.


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