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Oct 15, 2016 - Bailey Rail Yard - North Platte, Nebraska

2016-10-15.Bailey Railyard, North Platte, Nebraska If you are traveling across Nebraska and are anywhere near North Platte, you should really stop at the Bailey Railyard, the largest railroad yard in the world!!!! For you ladies reading this, yes, I realize this is a “guy thing” but it is seriously impressive and not at all boring. This rail yard operates like an ever-changing, ever-moving ballet with locomotives hauling railroad cars up an east or west hump, cutting them loose to travel down the other side where they are diverted to the...

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Oct 9, 2016 - Logic Escapes Me!

Many years ago, little sis Kaymon said something to me that has stuck with me since. She stated, "for being someone who is so smart, you can be so stupid!". She was right. She stated this as we were trying to air up a flat tire. I couldn't figure out how to do it, so she had to do it for me. This trip is reminding me how easily logic seems to escape me. Since I've retired, I have heard so many tell me how jealous they are of what I'm doing. I agree with them...to an extent. I am totally out of my comfort zone! TOTALLY!! Handy, I'm not....

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Gypsy Journey

Sep 28, 2016 - North Platte, NE - I-80 Lakeside Campground

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...

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Sep 8, 2016 - What is in North Platte, NE

Got up and feeling OK this morning. I am going out and have breakfast at the Lincoln Highway Diner. The Lincoln Highway was the first highway to go coast to coast, New York to San Francisco, and was dedicated in 1913. This dinner was on the Lincoln Hwy which was changed in the 1930's to US-30. Nothing remarkable about the food, but it was filled with locals talking about local things. A good breakfast. Next was the Golden Spike Tower and Visitors Center. North Platt is home to the Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard the world's largest...

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To Maine and back

Sep 7, 2016 - Traveling to North Platte, NE

On the move again. Today we are heading to North Platte, Nebraska which will be 6 hours of driving plus stops. So with a longer drive time we are up early and getting on the road a little after 8 am. We will have one stop for a couple of hours about half way through. One of my good friends and my old golf partner from Colorado Springs has a son in Gibbons, NE and he asked if we could stop by and say hello. I had called him a few days before and arranged to meet with him for lunch. He is the head pastor for the Gibbons Baptist church. We met...

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To Maine and back

Sep 6, 2016 - Chasing our shadow

North Platte, NE Before leaving Nebraska, we decided to check out our home state in a unique way. We went for a hot air balloon ride. Since we met the crew before the sun was even up, this was quite a sacrifice on Jim's part. No matter what time of the day, however, we highly recommend balloon rides for everyone. It is so amazingly quiet up in the ozone. We sailed over areas familiar to us but they sure looked different from above than on the ground. We took off at sunrise and, much to Jim's delight, were able to spot 5 deer, a rabbit and...

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Up in Door

Jul 25, 2016 - Wyoming to Nebraska

We traveled east along I-80 today for 368 miles. We passed by the site of the Sand Creek Massacre and right there in Laramie,Wy. was an impressive memorial of the Lincoln Highway. We had recently seen a PBS program on the highway so this was pretty cool. Read the sign on this photo for a summary n We stopped for the night at the Lakeside campground in North Platte, NE. Its a Passport America campground, yay! The sites are grassy and pull-though. Ours,#46 is facing the lake. I took a long walk with Rosie around the lake and discovered two...

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Jun 1, 2016 - Quiet Solitude

Heading west from Grand Island, our first stop was in Kearney where we visited the Archway. Believe it or not, this is an arch over I-80 which depicts the story of the pioneers traveling west. Most of them followed the Lincoln Road which became part of the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, and the California Trail. I-80 basically follows the Lincoln Road through the Midwest and into the mountains. The Archway was interesting, more so as you knew you were over the Interstate, and they provided earphones with commentary about the trials the...

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Oct 4, 2015 - 'Buffalo Bill' Cody & Trains

Hello Everyone, Today we continued heading west amongst endless rolling corn fields… We reached our destination of North Platte, NE with just so happens to have several unusual distinctions! North Platte was the home of ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody who reputedly got his name after shooting 4,280 buffalo in 8 months! It is also the home of the Union Pacific train hub which is the largest in the country! They erected a tower over the central hub and allow you to go up and witness the endless trains moving every which way! To see all the fun, click on...

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Sep 18, 2015 - Radio Star

I am a radio star. At least, in my mind, I am. This morning, I was on Sirius XM Radio. For the past eight years, we have listened to the oldies '60's Channel, with Phlash Phelps in the mornings. This morning, I tried calling him once again and could not believe it when he actually picked up the call. We chatted for about ten minutes. I told him about our lifestyle and that we were traveling across Nebraska. I said we were seeing some Jim Cantore clouds overhead, and he laughed. And then, he actually put part of our conversation on the air....

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Aug 17, 2015 - North Platte NE

August 17 Many miles and miles of corn and soybean fields later, we arrived at the Buffalo Bill Campground in North Platte, part of the Nebraska State Recreation Area. Rustic, but we had 30 amp electric service. For those planning to stay here, they have a self-check-in system...first we've experienced. You get the paperwork from a box on a post, fill it out, drop your $19.00 in the envelope and return it to the box, putting a tear-off permit on your windshield. The Honor System is alive and well in Nebraska! We had enough time left this...

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Aug 3, 2015 - Stones, flowers, and some stinking pigs

Today was another beautiful day for travel. We started in Charles City, Iowa; then to West Bend to see the Grotto of Redemption, a magnificent piece of art work. I can't believe anyone would spend that many years working on any project. Look up the story on the net, it's worth a read. All you will see in the pictures is small pieces of stones from all over the world. The next stop was Lincoln, Nebraska to see the Sunken Gardens. I understand that it is done by volunteers. If so, that is very unusual for this day and age. These folks out...

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JC&Linda Clark

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