Up to Our Ears in Corn - Pun Intended
26 Oct 2009
|TODAY'S TITLE COURTESY OF BILL
We spent the night at the Rosebud Casino, so close to the Nebraska/South Dakota border you could read the "Welcome to Nebraska" sign. They must have built so close to the state line as Nebraska does not allow casinos. We thought the parking lot would be relatively quiet, but I think every single cattle truck in the midwest must have stopped next to us to use the restroom or try the machines. And most of them, unfortunately, were full of cows who weren't too happy to be going to the slaughter house. I had to listen to the moos and bellows all night, not to mention watching one drive poke at them really hard with a long pole. I wish I could be more like our accountant, Jeanne, who says that cows were put on this earth to feed us and that is their niche. My animal activist/PETA side kicks in and I have a hard time believing that. Especially when you see them in mud pens with no grass to run around in.
We zigzagged our way south to Lincoln as we had picked up some Sinclair shops. It is a good way to see some of the state off the interstate and make some gas money at the same time. On the way to Lincoln was actually passed a road sign saying "Welcome to the Middle of Nowhere"...no kidding. We didn't realize Lincoln was such a big city, 250,000 people and the home of the University of Nebraska of course.
We had some retail shops to do so we were able to unhook and drive around Lincoln a bit. They have retail areas EVERYWHERE...each neighborhood seems to have a mall or seven.
We picked up a CiCi's Pizza take out audit. I have never heard of them but they seem to be rather common down here. Buffets and take out. The pizza was ok, nothing to rave about. We are staying tonight at a truckstop on the Cornhusker Highway and heading to Kansas tomorrow.
Nebraska driving oddities
1. Many streets with no left hand turns.
2. Parallel parking not only on the side of the road but in the middle median area.
3. Nebraska Pro Life must have millionaire donors as there are billboards every half mile it seems.
4. All roads that are marked "county highway" are NOT paved, and wouldn't you know the GPS would route us on some?