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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

BIG KANSAS ROAD TRIP - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



Since this is a new event, there have been questions about how it works. Some of the questions we can answer, and others we can’t since nothing like this has ever been done before! You are part of a historic and adventurous experiment. Thank you for taking part in the fun!


Question #1: HOW WILL THIS WORK?

Just jump in your car and start exploring. Really. That’s it. Caravan with friends or head out on your own. There is no organized tour. You’ll bump into other Kansas explorers throughout the three counties.


Question #2: HOW WILL I KNOW WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO SEE?


When we pitched this new event to the the three counties, we told them all they had to do was just be the best they could be at being themselves. They didn’t have to invent any kind of activity or spend a lot of money hosting visitors. What has evolved has been amazing. A menu of activities has evolved and expanded since the list was first published in the "official” program guide but new ones have been added to a Day Program (available at Information Centers) and this website.


  • Look on the right side of the website - bigkansasroadtrip.com - for a column of menu items to choose from including EVENTS, ATTRACTIONS, BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS. 
  • Also on the right side and near the bottom of the home page - bigkansasroadtrip.com - is the digital version of the program guide.
  • It might be tough, but pick out the things you would like to see and do and start plotting your course on a map.
  • Look for the BKRT logo on yard signs throughout the towns and countryside so you’ll know that location is participating in the BKRT.


Question #3: DOES EVERYONE CARAVAN FROM PLACE TO PLACE?


The BKRT is not a caravan. There are no tour busses planned. The idea is to go on your own, wherever you want, whenever you want. 


Question #4: WHAT IF I GET LOST?


We understand that it can be easy to get lost on the back roads of our state. If this happens, flag down a car, go to a farmstead, or call the following numbers:


  • Stacy Barnes: 620.770.6119
  • Big Well/Visitor Center: 620.723.4102
  • WenDee Rowe (Kansas Sampler Foundation cell): 620.937.2101


Question #5: ARE THERE INFORMATION CENTERS WHERE I CAN ASK QUESTIONS AND PICK UP A PROGRAM?


Information centers will be set up at each county.


Barber County -

  • Kiowa: Land Rush Statue, 4th and Main.
  • Medicine Lodge: Look for the Red Caboose at U.S. 160 and Main Street.


Comanche County - 

  • Coldwater: Heritage Park at New York and Main Streets.
  • Protection: Country Stop: 465 U.S. Hwy. 160 & 183. 

 Kiowa County -

  • Greensburg: The Big Well, 315 S. Sycamore.
  • Haviland:  Haviland Heritage Foundation Museum, Heart of America Science Resource Center, 312 E. Highway 54.

Question #5: HOW WILL I KNOW WHERE TO EAT?

Because we are unsure of how many people will be traveling to the three counties, we are encouraging visitors to call ahead and ask about food and seating availability. If there are lots of folks in the area and the waits are long, please be patient and understanding. There are also grocery and convenience stores that offer meal items.


While we encourage everyone to eat at a locally owned restaurant, we know it might be busy or they might be out of food, so look on the website at the bottom of each page or on the main restaurant listing for franchises in the area.


Questions #6: IS THERE A LIST OF PUBLIC RESTROOMS?


Great question! Glad you asked. We have a list of restrooms on the website at this link: http://kansassampler.org/bigkansasroadtrip/page.php?id=620.  And TWO places will have refreshments. Now, how’s that for hospitality?