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October 05, 2009

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Chris, it is *not* illegal to make photographs of a refinery from a public road. As long as you are not on private property, photographs can be made of any structure in the United States as long as it is not a classified facility.

Check this out: http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm

Sorry you witnessed the typical ignorance of my former home state. I hope you are just as impressed by the hospitality of my new home when you reach Missouri. Hope you enjoy the rest day in Branson. Do as the locals do: Eat!

Wow. I can't even begin to imagine. It's a photo I would've taken as well. Simply because the refinery is a marvel of engineering, and very artistic in it's own right. In fact, I wouldn't have given a second thought to pulling my vehicle off the road to snap a photo. Kudos to you for keeping a cool head, and hope you at least got a good meal from one of the places they recommended!
Take care and have a great ride tomorrow!

Hysterical account of the events Chris. Glad the po-po didn’t haul you in or grossly violate your rights – guess they are OK. Of course if they hauled you in you could broken out into a slightly altered version of β€œIt's a Scandal! It's an Outrage!”

Similar experience with the CDC when a friend - Public Health grad super excited to see the CDC in person - wanted to snap a picture of the outside of the building from the road.

Not sure how you have the energy to write witty accounts of your journey after serious miles in the saddle, but glad you are dedicated to taking us along for the ride. Thanks Chris! Be Safe!

It is through moments like what you experienced that I realize I don't belong in this part of the country. There is a fear and paranoia that is downright creepy in some parts of our country. Also you will find it is some of the harshest landscape. Imagine the Dust Bowl? I have great admiration for what you are doing. You are showing the same qualities of those you say are your heroes. Hope the weather is not too bad today. Hope you find more giving and open people on the rest of your journey. We are out here. Promise. Ride on Chris. Your journey prompts me to get with it and move on!

Well, for gosh sakes don't dare stop by the Gold Vault at Ft Know if you come thru Ky. You think the refinery crew was serious...try the US Federal Mint Police...they know when you stop before you even get the camera out...

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