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Couple Resting Up After Days On The Road

April 12, 1987

IOLA, Kan. (AP) _ An elderly couple who drove back and forth across Kansas and Colorado for three days after spending almost two weeks snowbound in their car by a blizzard spent Sunday resting.

Nellie Obendorf, 65, stayed with her sister in Iola, in southeast Kansas, while her husband, Orville, 71, was treated at a hospital in the central Kansas town of Hays for lingering effects of frostbitten feet that he suffered during the couple’s 13-day stay in snowdrifts.

″She’s just exhausted,″ Georgia Roberts said of her sister.

Obendorf was listed in stable condition at Hadley Regional Medical Center in Hays, said spokeswoman Cynthia Anschutz, adding that doctors said his stay could range from a few days to a few weeks.

The couple, from Nampa, Idaho, had been driving from Idaho to visit in Iola when they turned off a main highway and got stuck March 22 near Norton, in northwest Kansas, and their car was almost covered by two blizzards. They survived on Girl Scout cookies and diet soda before they were rescued April 4 by a farmer.

After being treated at Norton, they left the hospital Wednesday planning to travel on to Iola, about 300 miles to the southeast.

But they apparently decided to return home to Idaho, then made wrong turn after wrong turn until they had driven about 660 miles back and forth in Colorado and Kansas.

The couple, subject of an all-points bulletin in two states, turned up Friday night in Quinter in northwestern Kansas, 60 miles from where they started.

″I just kind of felt like I was driving in circles all day yesterday,″ Gove County Undersheriff Ron Achilles quoted Mrs. Obendorf as saying Saturday.

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