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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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Jul 1, 2017 - I-80 Lakeside Campground in North Platte, Nebraska

On our way out of Rocky Mountain National Park, we drove by Sheep Lakes one last time, but there were no bighorn sheep or other wildlife in the area. We continued out the Fall River Entrance and stopped for diesel in Estes Park. We took US-34 west down through the Big Thompson River Canyon to Loveland and left the mountains and forests behind. We had already dropped 3,000 feet in elevation. We stopped at the Walmart In Loveland to do some grocery shopping and then ate lunch in the parking lot before continuing east on US-34 across the...

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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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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

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