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Sep 16, 2015 - Halfway

Gothenburg, NE A full day of traveling and we are halfway! Halfway across the state, that is. Nebraska is about 455 miles long on the route we are taking and we are in the middle of the state. The country we have passed through is farm country. We motored through mile after mile of fields of corn, soy beans, and milo. It has its own kind of beauty but, after so many miles of the same thing, it is easy to see why visitors are less than impressed.

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On the road again

Jul 17, 2012 - Tracking the Pioneers' Trails

After a very hot evening it cooled off nicely during the night. It was a cool morning, but the heat was climbing quickly. We were out of the campsite by 8:00, which was a record for us. We had a nice breakfast in downtown Kearney, then headed over to the The Great Platte River Road Archway. What a treat, the folks were dressed in period clothing and took on the roles of the pioneers who had traveled on the California, Oregon, Mormon and Pony Express trails. This is the area where all the trials met so the pioneers could restock, before...

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Heading West

Jun 23, 2012 - Gothenburg NE - Lafayette Park

Travelled from McCook to Gothenburg, stopping at the winery in Farnam on the way. The city park/campground in Gothenburg was next to 2 lakes with bike paths all over. Roger and I took the opportunity to ride them all - even going on the narrow bridges. I tended to walk my bike on the bridges, but Roger is much braver and he rode over them. Bridget like the park, too, because of all the squirrels. She loves campsites with squirrels to chase after!

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Retired at Last!

May 29, 2012 - Budget buster

Gothenburg, NE Today we packed up, checked out, and loaded up the car. Then, when the car would not start, we unloaded the car, checked back in, and unpacked. The engine turned over but would not start. A couple of phone calls to the town's garages revealed that no one had time for us today. They were backed up because of the holiday weekend. Finally Jerry said he would take a look. He ended up pushing the car down the highway (very illegal) to his shop. He had to replace the fuel pump and filter to the tune of over $600. That was NOT in...

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May 28, 2012 - The C.O.W.

Gothenburg, NE. What is the COW trip? Jim has a penchant for naming things. This trip will include California, Oregon and Washington. Hence the name. This part of the adventure started when we left our west Omaha motel about 9:45 am. We arrived at Gothenburg for the night around 7 pm. The distance from Omaha to Gothenburg is 234 miles, again proving what fantastic travelers we are. Nebraska sponsors a contest called the Great Park Pursuit. The Game and Parks Commission chooses about 20 parks around the state and erects posts. Maps and...

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Oct 14, 2011 - On the road - almost!

Added to photos to yesterday's post. On the road – NOT!! The garage sent a car to pick us up. We arrived at the Ford garage last night, paid and went out to drive away. It wouldn’t start!! Can you say . . . not happy? They gave us a loaner (a Lincoln MK something) and we returned to Gothenburg. I spoke with the service manager this morning. He advised the problem was low batteries. It sure seemed to turn over with no problem last night but I know that diesels are sensitive to low voltage. They charged the batteries and ran some more tests,...

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Oct 13, 2011 - Another day in wait/Pony Express

We had a beautiful day here, sunny and it got into the low 70’s. We rode into town this morning on the bikes. There are 6 Pony Express stations remaining in the Country. Two of them are in Gothenburg and one is open to the public. The one we visited was built in 1854 on the Oregon Trail near Ft. McPherson. A cowboy, back in 1931, realized that this was something that should be saved and talked the owner into donating it to the Town instead of demolishing it. It was disassembled and relocated to a park in Town. The old gent volunteering...

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Oct 12, 2011 - The "trouble" update

We heard from the garage today. They should have the truck done tomorrow (this is our present truck – not the new one). Apparently an o-ring under the high pressure oil pump (diesel fuel supply pump) failed. Probably a 10 cent part (hope it wasn’t made in China – want to bet?). It won’t be inexpensive but we don’t have much of a choice. Just one of those bumps in the road! We hope to be back on the highway on Friday! I washed and waxed part of the trailer today and Ginger worked on inside cleaning. So, it wasn’t a wasted day. Talked to...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Trouble!!

Monday October 10 – Columbus Day Another fine day! We headed across the street to pick up a few rations – don’t want to run short! Then we hit the road. The weather was nice, the scenery good (corn, grains and cattle) and all was right with the World! We made a stop at Ogallala to see a cowboy museum – closed! So we had an early lunch, I picked up some more diesel additive and a screw I needed for the bike rack. Back on the road. We had driven about 85 miles when the truck started losing power. Fortunately we were coming up on an exit...

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Jul 19, 2010 - Travel Day

Today was a travel day. We have finished our visits until we get to Anchorage. Our travels today took us up I-135 and US-81 to I-80 in NE. We then traveled west to Gothenburg for the night. A lot of flat country, many corn and soybean fields. You can see for miles and we were not in the air. The intersection of US-81 and I-80 is at York, NE. The multi-colored water tower was interesting. As we traveled west on I-80, we passed under the Great Platte River Archway Museum. If we had known about this place, we may have stopped to see it. The...

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Cope's Trek

Mar 24, 2010 - Day Three-MO, IA, NE,

I had no idea that Nebraska was so big! We started the day today with a trip to the top of the arch in St. Louis. It turns out that it is no longer called The Gateway to the West. The new title is Jefferson's Memorial to Westward Expansion which has a very nice ring to it...not. We loved the museum chronicling the adventures of Lewis & Clark as they mapped & explored the new Louisiana Purchase. There is a video that was wonderful, and the trip to the top of the arch was not to be missed. It was a rainy day, but God parted enough of the...

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Journal of a Journey

Aug 24, 2009 - North Platte

Have you ever wondered if Buffalo Bill ended up in the chips? - Sunday, August 23 Buffalo Bill was famous all over the world, but this is the town that claimed him for much of his adult life. He wasn’t born here and he isn’t buried here, but North Platte is where he settled when his wife got tired of traveling. Here he built a warm and comfortable home on acreage he appropriately named Scout’s Rest Ranch. His traveling Wild West shows earned William Cody millions of dollars, but he entertained lavishly and he made many bad investments....

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