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We arrived in Bates City at almost straight-up noon, and we ate on the premises of KAT Excavation. Our meal was waiting for us: Brisket, pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, slaw, and baked beans. Not to mention several kinds of home-made pies.
Luffland Industries, where we got a tour of a local company that seems to be growing and thriving. They manufacture many farm-related items.
After this, Cliff and I left the rest of the cruisers and turned our faces toward home. Everyone else was going back to Mayview, but they hadn't ridden a tractor all the way from Wellington to Mayview to begin with. Most of them had hauled their tractors there on trailers. Cliff and I had about all the tractor riding we wanted.
Here's a funny side note: I wear my Fitbit most every day to count my steps. Yesterday we didn't even go on our usual daily walk, but because the tractor is a little bumpy, the Fitbit told me I had walked six and one-half miles. I sincerely doubt that I even walked two.
The first tractor cruise I went on seemed to last forever. I had no idea you could spend that much time traveling on the back roads on a tractor. Honestly, I thought it would never end. However, once I realized that's how things worked, I learned to take my Ipad, post pictures on Facebook as we went, and enjoy traveling through the countryside at the same speed my horse Blue and I used to travel. Good times.