Our journey from Gering to North Platte, NE sent us over a varied landscape from farm and ranch land through rolling hills and plains before our arrival, 177 miles later at the campground along the South Platte River. Right after leaving we passed by Chimney Rock National Historic Site
which was a significant landmark to the westward bound settlers on their trip over the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails. We had been to the visitor center a few years ago so didn't stop this trip. Doris was able to get a pretty good picture of it as we passed though. We also got back into the Central Time Zone not long before arriving in North Platte.
We are staying at the I-80 Lakeside Campground
just off I-80 - imagine that! We have a very long, very narrow site with 50 amp full hookups, great Verizon and a clear shot to the satellites. The only thing we did here was go to the Golden Spike Tower
near the Bailey Rail Yard which is the largest rail yard in the world. North Platte is perfectly situated in the country since it is at the half-way point for a lot of train shipments between the eastern and western parts of the country. Just as a geologic side note, North Platte is also where the North and South Platte Rivers join together to become the Platte River flowing into the Missouri River just below Omaha at La Platte, NE. The westward bound settlers traveled along a good portion of the North Platte River and its valley from here up into Wyoming.
We head for the small town of Oakley, KS tomorrow for a one-night stay.