A few days ago, on our way from Las Vegas to Chicago, we drove across the state of Kansas.
This was the first time either of us had been to Kansas, and probably will be the last. It was a long and boring drive, punctuated only by lots of corn fields.
About 600 miles, and with stops for fuel and a meal, we took about 9 hours.
We had hoped to end in Topeka, but could not find any accommodation there. There was a sporting competition at the time, and all rooms were booked. Thus we drove on to Kansas City, and found a hotel there.