Tilting at Windmills

June 1st 2017: An unexpectedly great day today: we had quite a drive to get back down into Oklahoma after our detour to the Salt mine and Barbed Wire Museum up in Kansas and expected only to really shift camps and get back on track today.

However, passing through the tiny town of Shattuck (population 1359) we passed an eye catching sight.  Literally dozens of windmills standing next to the road looking for all the world like Don Quixote’ s giants.  A swift about turn and we were parked outside the Shattuck Windmill Museum.   Established in 1996, there are in fact a total of 51 windmills on the site, all if them donated from the local area and each detailing its make, design and provenance.

Sheriff Johnny Chaffin

The second and probably even better encounter of the day was with retired state trooper and now local Shattuck Sherrif, Johnny Chaffin,  who we got chatting to over lunch in the local Pizza Hut almost opposite the windmills.

He was interested to know where we were from and all about the shipping of the motorhome. He then quietly popped back out to his vehicle and returned with an Oklahoma police sew on badge (I am holding it in the photo) to give us as a souvenir.  Just to clarify, it was an earlier, non-current version of their badge. He didn’t know that we are actually avid collectors of these patches and Annie has been sewing them on to a picnic blanket we have for the last 30 years or so.  What a great souvenir!

Our first real brush with US Law Enforcement. What a fine fellow and what a friendly place which lives up to its town website claim:

Shattuck is well known for its hospitality, and the downtown district is testament to this fact – Friendly faces greet residents and visitors alike, amid the hustle and bustle of Main Street. 

Tonight we are holed up at Bobcat Creek RV Park in Sayre Oklahoma.  Tomorrow has lots in store and more GIANTS on 66 no doubt.

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