Sunday, October 31, 2010
On Hatteberg's People, everybody needs a goal. Bill Bunyan of Dodge City found his. By eating a hamburger and a steak in every Kansas county, he learned more about the state and its people.
"In Kansas you have to do a little traveling, especially when you live out in the west, but you get used to it. If you want to go anywhere you have to drive."
And 105 hamburgers later, Bill reached his goal to eat a hamburger in every Kansas county.
"So, I thought what could I do in every county, all 105? So I figured you could get a hamburger and I figured right."
In his University of Kansas recreation room, as he pages through the many albums he created of his hamburger adventures, the former Dodge City coach, teacher and Kansas Explorer found that his goal of 105 hamburgers in 105 counties also gave him a history lesson.
"It was great traveling this state, I'm not a native of Kansas....born in Los Angeles. But, it was fun to eat the food and I do like a good hamburger and a good steak and it was great seeing our state and all it has to offer."
"I talked to them beforehand and told them I was coming and I asked them what was their best steak and they said, 'The Big Ed Fillet', so that's what I got."
So Bill made his goal. But it is hard to stop traveling.
"We really enjoy going for an overnighter or a day trip. We take off and see what there is to see."
"I've always liked those good 'ol steaks."
So Bill and his wife, Susan, still on the road. This time one of their favorite Dodge City haunts, Ham's Bar and Grill, where steak becomes a tasty memory.
"Ahh here we go."
He credits the Kansas Explorer's Club and his interest in Kansas to its founder Marci Penner. She's a writer and author of state Travel Books and a huge supporter of all things Kansas.
"That's what's so great about Marci's Explorer's Club, it promotes getting out and traveling in our state."
"Medium rare, that's the way I like 'em."
"That's going to be great."
So with his goals made and eaten, Bill plans to set even more goals. His plan is to continue traveling Kansas and learning the state's quirks and history--one bite at a time.
"That's what it is all about. Getting us out into our state and promoting it."