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The Great Platte River Road Monument in Kearney    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 - Kearney NE

Photo of the Great Platte River Road Monument

The Monument spans I-80 with this remarkable structure. The exhibits are inside the arch, on two levels.

Those who have followed my stories over the years will know that I have a fascination for the western trails and tracks, starting with the Pony Express and the western migrations over the Oregon, California, Mormon, and other trails and followed by the Union Pacific Rail Road, the Lincoln Highway, US 30, and I-80. I have visited many locations associated with any of these and visited many museums and other venues that tell of those mighty efforts to travel across our broad country. Having lived for many years in Sweetwater County in Wyoming I was aware of all of these because they all passed or pass through that county. We are now staying in Kearney, Nebraska, located along the Platte River, another location associated with them all.

The day-and-a-half state - NE    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 - Kearney NE

Photo of OurHous on space 112

OurHous on space 112 in Kearney RV Park

Elaine can tell you - Nebraska is a big state. Actually, it is a very WIDE state. 500 miles or more, to be exact. And for us, that means about a day and a half traveling through Nebraska. Elaine says it isn't so bad to go the same distance through two or three or more smaller states; it's just that it seems so much longer when you do it all in ONE state. I enjoy Nebraska scenery, so it is not so bad for me. Besides, I am driving so I have a lot to keep me occupied for that long distance. But I do agree, it is long. Not as long as driving through Texas from west to east, and we have done that as well. The Texas path is over 800 miles long from El Paso to, say, Corpus Christi. In this case we will cross Nebraska with a one day break in between travel days.

Fierce storms; in Iowa    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 - Kellogg IA

Photo of wind-whipped trees

The trees in the background are whipped by the winds that drive the rain, taken through our windshield at our RV space

In last night's story I reported a storm heavy enough so that our satellite TV could not work. This morning while driving through western Illinois we encountered a heavy storm whipped by winds that forced us to slow from 63 to 50-55 mph. Visibility was limited, but fortunately traffic was light in that area at that time. Then this afternoon at the Kellogg RV Park in Kellogg Iowa we were hit by an even heavier and fiercer thunderstorm that lasted about an hour or so. It must have dropped more than an inch of rain. I don't see any damage around us, though. But during the worst of it our house was rocking due to the wind force, and we could see neighboring rigs being rocked about as well.

Into Illinois; changing satellites; route map updated    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Utica IL

Photo of OurHous on lot G-2

OurHous on lot G-2 at Hickory Hollow Campground, a nice park

We made the hop from Perrysburg OH to Utica IL today; a moderately long day but the travel went well. We were on Interstate highways all the way. The only "difficult" time was in the Gary IN-Cook County IL area, where there was several lane switches and route changes and lots and lots of traffic - especially big trucks. But I kept with the flow and watched the directions on the GPS, and even though we were detoured at one critical point we made it smoothly through. We stopped for lunch at a rest area along the Indiana Toll Road and we were dismayed at the amount of trash and poor maintenance in this and another rest area we stopped at. The pavement in the rest areas was badly worn and weathered, but the amount of trash scattered around the site was very noticeable. It was as if no one cared how the areas looked! Sad; and especially with the $26.70 toll we had to pay.

Tire down again; itinerary planning; DISH TV    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Perrysbutg OH

A busy day today! When I went out to check on the Equinox this morning I found that the left front tire had lost air again. But since it was only down to 19 psi instead of 9 psi as it was yesterday, I decided to drive to get it fixed. I went to Haas Service Station in the nearby village of Stony Ridge and they found a ¼-inch bolt embedded in the tread! They fixed it and I went on my way. But I decided I did not want to move on today, so we signed on for another night here. But the space we were on was spoken for tonight, so we had to move two spaces down. It is just as good and was easy to move. I  had not hooked up water or sewer, which made it easier.

Hot and humid in Toledo; tire down    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Perrysbutg OH

Photo  of OurHous on lot 503

OurHous on space 503 in East Toledo KOA

We were faced with very hot and humid weather today, as in 93° and 53% humidity or higher. Last night the temps were in the  low 70s, so we did not expect this today. In fact, I had planned to stay at an RV park in northeastern Indiana that only had 30-amp service, but as the afternoon went on and the temperatures rose I knew that would not work for us, since on 30-amp we could only run one A/C unit. Besides, going to that park would have meant being on the road until 4:30 PM or so, and I wanted to get stopped sooner than that. So during a mid-afternoon break I did a search and decided to stay at the KOA east of Toledo. This cut an hour or more off our travel day, and the park has 50-amp service. So here we are.