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Sep 11, 2012 - Pony Express/Great Platte River Road Archway

The Pony Express was the original fast mail service. It carried messages by horseback riders in staged relays to stations (with fresh horses and riders) across the prairies, plains, deserts, and mountains of the Western United States. During its 18 months of operation, it reduced the time for messages to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to about ten days. The design and engineering challenge of the "Great Platte River Road Archway" was determining how to erect a 1,500 ton structure that would cross 308 feet of the heavily...

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Sep 10, 2012 - Golden Spike Tower/Orphan Train

After a good nights rest we went with our friends John and Bonnie Rupprecht to visit the Golden Spike Tower. Here you have a Panoramic View of Union Pacific's Bailey Yard which greets railfans from two Observation Desks on the Golden Spike Tower. The eight story fully enclosed viewing platform offers a 360-degree viewing of Bailey Yard and the Platte River valley. The seventh floor is open-air. The Guinness Book of World Records Certifies that Baileys Yard as the worlds largest railroad yard, with a mind boggling array of more then 315...

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Sep 10, 2012 - Home of William F. Cody/RUNZA

Home of William F. Cody "Buffalo Bill". Although we did not get to tour the inside of the house I thought the fact that we found it and got to see where it is located was worth making note of for this journal. One day we hope to see the inside. RUNZA have you ever heard of it? We had not, but found out it is quite a delicacy in Nebraska. It is not found anywhere else. You will see the story of it on one of the attached photos.

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Aug 13, 2012 - Interesting town

We left the campground around 11:00 and drove for about 85 miles. Stopped at the Pony Express Station in Gothenburg Ne. Then drove on to North Platte where the Buffalo Bill Ranch is. We drove by there but decided we wouldn't stop. We went over to the Golden Spike Tower where you go up 8 stories and watch them switch the trains. It is the largest train yard in the U.S, The campground we are in has a real nice lake that you can fish in but it is a catch and release. It has mostly workers in it.

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Don't wake me up

Aug 8, 2012 - North Platte, Nebraska

After leaving HWH in Moscow, Iowa yesterday we drove to Des Moines, Iowa and arrived there around 1400. Our friends in Ames drove to the campground and we visited for a while and then we went to dinner and they treated us to a great Mexican dinner. After dinner we returned to the motorhome and had some ice cream for dessert and visited again for an hour or so when our friends left and returned to their home in Ames. We got an early start today and left Des Moines at 0630. It was raining very slightly and unfortunately for the...

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Jul 29, 2012 - July 28 Des Moines to North Platte

I began hearing two new words yesterday, "RestStop" and "RoadWork". We prefer RestStop. Last night after we checked into our Motel 6 in North Platte, we explored. We found Waggin Trails Dog Park, and I met Ruger there. He and I challenged each other to races around the park and we wrestled after we each took a dip in the wading pool. It was hot. I think Brenda said it was 101. So we got ice cream. This morning, I've been waiting patiently for Brenda to get her mobile internet to work. As you can see, she was successful, but now we are out...

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henrysroadtrip

Jul 28, 2012 - daday 2

Well It's been 2 days, six states. two time zones and 1300 miles but tomorrow we begin to reap the benefits of all our driving. We need to drive about 5 hours to arrive at the county fair outside Des moines Iowa. We are staying at a R.V. site in North Platte. The internet is extremly shaky and I can't upload my photos onto face book so look for those tomorrow. We arrived at our site about 8:00 p.m. local as we crossed into central time about 60 miles b4 our park. I grilled steak and Laura sauted mushrooms so we all ate good. Going to knock...

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2012 road trip

Jul 20, 2012 - North Platte, Nebraska

Today was one of those grueling driving from point A to B days. We took the “scenic” route across SE Nebraska. As you can see from the pix I posted, there wasn’t much scenic about it. Oh well, one can’t get back across the US without a day or two in the Midwest. It was 104 when we arrived in North Platte, NE for the night. We miss the mountains already!

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Jul 9, 2012 - Minden, NE to North Platte, Nebraska

Minden, NE We stayed in the Pioneer Village RV Park which is next to the Pioneer Village Museum. We toured the museum and the Archway Monument. The Pioneer Village Museum is a large collection of historical artifacts from the early days of the US. There is all kinds of farm machinery, household items, cars, buggies, airplanes, trains, radios, buildings, etc. You could spend days looking at everything. The Archway Monument spans I-80. Inside is a museum that has displays commemorating all of the various trails and roads that became I-80....

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Hither 'N' Yon 2012

Jul 1, 2012 - Jill's Entry: On the Road Again

The tricky part of a cross-country journey is that ultimately, you have to put in the miles, long miles, across flat fields that seem to go on forever. This was one of those days, We left Williamsburg by 9:00am. Ten hours of driving broken up only by a lovely visit with Mary and Mark Andrews in Omaha. Mary is one of the kindest people I have ever known and one of the most spiritually centered too. She knows what she believes and has always lived absolutely by those values. When we worked together near Monterey, she cooked for men with AIDS...

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Jun 25, 2012 - Cheyenne, Wy. to North Platte, Ne.

Monday June 25th. We started the day at the Terry Bison RV park we stayed at last night after a teriffic rain, hail, and lightning storm last night. We took the train ride at the RV park which takes you by horses, llammas, camels, and chickens out into one of bison pastures. The train conductor stopped the train in the middle of the bison herd and they all came running knowing we had food for them. We could put the food pellets in there mouth or on their curved tounge that is designed to rip grass clumps from the ground. This was really...

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Jun 24, 2012 - North Platte NE - Lake Maloney SRA

Spent several days at Lake Maloney SRA in North Platte. Our camper backed up to the lake, so we got to watch the ducks, boats and other watercraft on the lake. Took a tour of Buffalo Bill's ranch and visited the local winery, Feather River Winery. Took side trips to Lewellen and Paxton to visit the wineries there and get our passports stamped

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