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Sep 7, 2019 - Maloney Reservoir State Recreation Area (Kansas Point Campground)

We camped at here at Lake Maloney from Monday, September 3 through Saturday, September 7. This turned out to be one of the best campsites that we have had so far this year. The campground is situated on a small peninsula and out site was the farthest out to the tip of land. We had a huge area of mowed lawn with a great view of one of the lakes coves. No one was camped near us and the campground host was very friendly chatting with us several times. We had an opportunity to do some kayaking. One time around the cove looking at all the...

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Sep 6, 2019 - Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill Cody chose North Platte Nebraska to build his home and ranch. Here he entertained dignitaries from around the world. We toured his home and the barn. The photos posted sort of explain themselves. After our visit here we drove to a park in North Platte named after him called Cody Park. That posting is listed as well.

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Sep 5, 2019 - Cody Park & the UP Challenger Train

Cody Park is located in North Platte Nebraska named after Buffalo Bill Cody whose home and ranch is nearby. The park has a free exhibit by the Union Pacific Railroad who is a major employer in North Platte. The exhibit displays the "Challenger Locomotive and some additional rail cars, A diesel locomotive, and a train station museum. The neat thing is that you could climb aboard and walk all over the engines and cars. Additionally, the park has a campground (we didn't stay here} and some live animal exhibits, picnic and sport fields....

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Sep 4, 2019 - Union Pacific Bailey Yard

Bailey Yard is the world's largest railroad classification yard, a complex series of tracks for storing, sorting, or loading and unloading railroad cars and locomotives. this location has repair shops for the engines and rail cars as well. It is operated by the Union Pacific Railroad. The tourist feature of this yard is the Golden Spike Tower with an open-air and another enclosed observation area for viewing the sprawling rail yard below. \The tower has several exhibits about train history but the one that caught our attention was the one...

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Aug 27, 2019 - North Platte

We left Greenwood, Nebraska this morning around 0830 and we arrived in North Platte at 1230. The distance was 247 miles. Traffic was light and there were no traffic jams nor construction projects that slowed us down. There were at least six construction sites but the state slows traffic from 75 to 65 mph which is the speed we drive so for us there were no delays. Ross set the cruise control to 65 upon entering the I-80 Interstate upon leaving Greenwood and never changed it until we reached North Platte. The campground, Holiday RV Park, is a...

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Jun 7, 2019 - Trains, Trains and more Trains

We spent a night at the Golden Spike Tower, which is located at the largest rail yard in the world. This Harvest Host site was a very easy in and out, and since we got there early afternoon, we were able to check out the gift shop and do the tour. Pretty incredible place when you hear the statistics. They process nearly 14000 rail cars every day. The Humps (small hills in the tracks) to "launch the cars" down the hill were very cool. Once the car is released, the track switches control which cars go down which track to build the outgoing...

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Trip Journal


Summer 2019

Sep 22, 2017 - Superior to North Platte

Got a late start today. The water heater had a slow leak at the plastic drain plug. I decided to fix it and promptly broke it. Now it really leaks! Glug Glug! Three trips to the hardware store and two hours later we finally get under way. A 20-35 mph crosswind made for a less than relaxing drive. Temps of 96 degrees required the generator and both roof air conditioners. We stopped fr a while at the Kearney Cabellas and considered staying fr the night. Nixed that idea and drove on to North Platte and parked at Walmart. The slowed as we...

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Aug 30, 2017 - A Long Day on the Trail

Wednesday was a long day on the Trail - and we traveled in the comfort of our Subaru. We covered 169 miles. Early in the day we visited The Archway, an excellent museum that chronicles the many ways people have crossed our continent. The Archway stretches over the modern highway, Route 80. This road is very familiar to us from its eastern terminus, Bergen County New Jersey. Marilyn grew up 100 yards from 80 in Denville, and we lived 100 yards from it in Saddle Brook. Here the traffic flows at a legal 75 mph under the Archway. The Museum...

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Aug 3, 2017 - North Platte NE

The eastbound trek on I-80 from Cheyenne to North Platte was painless and for some odd reason the house got almost 9 miles per gallon. Huh? That’s unheard of. I know it wasn’t a tailwind because well, that never happens. But whatever the cause, I’ll take it. We got set up and after a fast food Mexican lunch we headed about 20 minutes northwest to the Golden Spike Tower http://goldenspiketower.com/ an 8 story tower that gives you a birds-eye view of the Bailey Yard, the largest rail yard in the world. As a 24/7 operation, up to 150 trains a...

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May 30, 2017 - Locomotives and a Cowboy's Home

Today we visited Bailey Yard, the largest railroad yard in the world (certified by the Guiness Book of Records). It has a mind boggling array of 310 miles of track, accommodating up to 150 trains a day - where east meets west on the Union Pacific line and where 10,000 cars are handled each day. We took the elevator to the 8th floor of the Golden Spike Tower which gives a panoramic view of the enormous operation. So what do they actually do there, you may ask! Well they have a repair shop where they repair the diesel engines, and they have...

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May 29, 2017 - Miles and Miles of Green and Not Much Else

So far our jello plan is holding its shape! We left PA Sunday the 21st and crossed four states, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa in four days, and stayed overnight in IN, IL, and IA. We stopped in the tiny burg of Greenwood, Nebraska between Omaha and Lincoln, for five nights. We needed to stay in one place long enough to have a package from Amazon delivered. I can’t say much about the scenery along the way, it’s not spectacular but I really believe all states are beautiful in their own way. Everything is very green because the Midwest...

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May 27, 2017 - North Platte NE - Holiday RV Park

May 27 We left Wamego and headed toward North Platte, NE. We stopped in Marysville, KS which was the first home station on the Pony Express route after it left St Joseph, MO. After a brief tour around the town and a coffee, Bill left to get to a H-D store in NE for his next shirt, before the store closed. Meredith stayed with Jackie and Harry. We toured the Pony Express Museum then found a bite to eat for lunch. After lunch we also headed to North Platte where we stayed at the Holiday RV Park. Sunday morning was a beauty. Our intrepid...

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