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Old 07-01-2014, 05:58 PM   #1
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pics and a few reflections on our big trip

Do you ever struggle with posting a travelogue? Ya know, it's alot of work to do it right, page after page of anecdotes, the right pictures in the right places to keep everyone interested. Well, I've always had a bit of commitment problem. Meaning I never wanted to start one because I fear a loss of my own enthusiasm.

And how to convey the magnificence of this great country and the things you've seen after 3,442 miles and two weeks in a 16-foot Airstream? Once you've seen it with your own eyes, photos seem so lame and insignificant.

Anyways, if you'll indulge me the start of this travelogue and see how far it gets, perhaps express some interest and keep it pointed in the right direction, it'll be great. If not, that's fine too. Nothing could diminish the memories my wife and I shared during this our longest trip together in 27 years of marriage.

So here’s a feeble attempt to post a few pics and maybe a word here and there. See what ya think.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:03 PM   #2
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Started from TN and I wanted to get the first boring 1000 miles done quickly. All the scenery is so darned familiar. If we could make it to Grand Island, NE at the end of the second day, we’d spend a blissful third day on Nebraska’s Rt 2, the scenic Sandhills Journey. At a pace to stop and smell the roses, see things like Carhenge and the remnants of towns like Mason City and Hecla, which doesn’t even exist anymore.

We started on a Saturday morning (6/14), wanting to make it through biggo St. Louis on a non-workday. The only drama was flying off the edge of our freshly updated GPS, right into the Mississippi when the signs directed us onto the sparkling new I-70 bridge. So new it wasn’t even on the map. It opened in February.

Cottonwoods RV park in Columbia, MO is a decent place to stop. We made it 470 miles that first day and the weather had fortunately turned dry and crisp.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:05 PM   #3
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Day two was unremarkable, at least now it seems so, going on three weeks after the fact. We got to Broken Bow, NE located on scenic Rt 2. Found Tomahawk park on Google earth, not much said on the city website. Good looking park, but call ahead. The superintendent told me workers are starting to locate there due to a nearby wind farm. And I don’t know why, the whole town smelled like a pig farm. Kept wondering if our RV neighbors hadn’t been sanitary with their sewer hookups. But we survived, ran the A/C instead of windows more than we’d prefer, and our clothing never smelled like slop afterwards.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:22 PM   #4
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So here we go with the end of day 2, which dips into day 3 and our first real day of of expansive, limitless, “vacation” scenery. Incidentally, we’d stopped in Mason City right before Broken Bow. Hardly a blip on the map anymore, but a good place to enjoy some peace and quiet...when the train wasn’t running through.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:28 PM   #5
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Plenty of picnic-worthy pull-offs on Nebraska's Rt 2, and very little traffic. Here's Hecla.
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:03 PM   #6
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Coal train somewhere east of Alliance, NE. Expand the image if you can. It made us feel really small, in a good way.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:08 PM   #7
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good start, keep them coming.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:06 AM   #8
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Carhenge, Alliance, NE.
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Skooter,

We've often thought about doing a journal like you're doing. Looks like every day so far was beautiful, with blue skies and puffy white clouds.

Keep posting, we'll keep reading.

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Old 07-02-2014, 08:24 AM   #10
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And the air kept getting drier, a welcome reprieve from the muggy southeast. Even the rain was drier! Sounds odd, yes. But the same rain intensity on radar yielded far less rain hitting the ground than expected, perhaps due in part to absence of low level moisture.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:43 AM   #11
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Carhenge is an easy 50(?) miles or so to Chadron State Park, our destination this day. There are shorter routes to the Black Hills region but they involve interstate and I saw Rt 2 recommended by another member in a Black Hills thread a few months ago. We're so glad we took it. Chadron SP needed more than a single overnight, but the Badlands, Devil's Tower, Rushmore await...so much to see, so little time.

And now I can't get my photo-laden laptop onto my employer's network...oh well, more pics this evening.
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Thanks for the photos. Jim
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Great trip report!
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SKOOTER,
Enjoyed viewing your pictures today and look forward to seeing more. I have contemplated making a trip like yours to the northwest and value your comments. By the way, when you get back home you might check the Nashville Music City Airstream unit web site out. A number of our club members who take trips like yours are from your area. We would invite you to check us out and join our WBCCI unit.
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