Go West Young Man!

Today we continued our route across Nebraska.  We passed through Kearney, NE which is the mid-way point between Boston and San Fransisco.  It is 1,733 miles in each direction.  Fort Kearney was a major supply stop for pioneers heading west along the Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, and for 49ers seeking gold in California.  It is near the Great Platte River Road which became the route for the Pony Express, the Transcontinental Railroad and eventually Interstate Rt. 80 which stretches from Teaneck, NJ to San Fransisco, CA.  While Ron worked outside in the fresh air with Roxie, Chrissy took the tour through the Archway Museum.

Sunrise in Lincoln, NE
Sunrise in Lincoln, NE
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The Archway across Rt. 80 in Kearney, NE.

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Nebraska Ron

 

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Thunderhead Brewing. Ron’s favorite beer was called, “The Crop Duster!” Perfect for him!

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Enjoying our flight from Thunderhead Brewing.

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Roxie is enjoying the view!

OMAHA!!!

Today we drove through Iowa and into Nebraska.  We passed through Omaha and are staying in the capital, Lincoln, Nebraska.  On the way we saw many interesting sites:

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No surprise they harness wind energy!
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Continuing the journey!
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The Kum & Go: gas station or massage parlor?
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Lunch at Smokey D’s BBQ, we both had to get the pulled pork!
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Ron, don’t get BBQ sauce on your work computer!

Crossing the Mighty Mississippi into Iowa

Crossing over the Mighty Mississippi River!

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We are now officially in the “west”.
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“Crab cheese puffs” better known as Crab Rangoon. It was yummy!
Thai in Iowa? Actually, the shrimp fried rice with pineapple, raisins and cashwes was delicious!
Thai in Iowa? Actually, the shrimp fried rice with pineapple, raisins and cashews was delicious!

 

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Mega video stores still exist… in Iowa.
VideoStoreLove
“I wanna go to a good video store so I can get a good movie!”
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Roxie loves the king sized bed!

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Walcott, Iowa: the World's Largest Truck Stop!
Walcott, Iowa: the World’s Largest Truck Stop!

Indiana, the Prairie State

According to Google, Indiana is nicknamed the “Prairie State, it’s marked by farmland, forests, rolling hills and wetlands.”  It could also be called the “flat as a pancake state.” At least we found a good alt rock station to listen to.

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In the Mid-West

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Wings and Work. (actually it was a chicken wrap and salad)
Is that Davy Crockett or Ron getting a coffee?

 

Hitting the road. March 5, 2016

Last day in NJ.  Thank you to Joe and the Puchalik’s for letting us stay in their house in Washington Township.  It was great to be so close to all our friends and family for the last four months.  Can’t believe we are REALLY doing this!  Here we go!!!

Packing it all in!
Packing it all in!

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Roxie just fits!
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Oh man, will this all really fit in the car???
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Wow, the doors actually closed. We were able to fit it all into the new Subaru Forester, a must-have in the PNW!