From The Heartland
North Platte, NE (Cornhusker Country)
Holiday RV Park
September 10, 2011
High Temperature: 86 degrees
A Travel Day:
We woke to another beautiful sunrise this morning. Beth had prepared a great breakfast casserole which we really enjoyed. After she twisted my arm, I managed to consume a second helping. Then she insisted that I take some leftovers with us. Well, okay if you insist. Thanks Beth.
After our farewells, we finally departed the residence of our gracious hosts and headed south on Hwy 19. At Vermillion, we headed west on Hwy 50 to Yankton and crossed the new bridge over the Missouri River into Nebraska and south on US Hwy 81.
The road conditions today were very good. The weather was nearly perfect for traveling....no wind and very little traffic. We were making very good time.
I had intentions of stopping at a Rest Area on I-80 but we found the parking lot filled to capacity, so we continued on to Kearney where we had also planned to stop to tour the Archway Museum that stretches over both lanes of I-80....the only such museum in America. The museum is very unique and tells the great story of pioneers traveling west and progresses over time to include the pony express, the railroad, highway, telegraph, etc. We didn't stay long but it certainly was worth the stop.
We pulled into the Holiday RV Park just off I-80 at 3:45 PM. We covered a distance of 365 miles in 7.25 hrs. It was a long day but I really didn't mind the drive. The travel along the Platte River is scenic enough and for me, it was a peaceful drive. Nancy admitted that she was tired and ready for break.
We will be staying here three nights. The campground is okay. The hookups are okay; we have Cable TV and some shade. Over the next couple of days we will take in what local attractions we can.