Thursday, July 12, 2012

Day 36

Day 36 – Thursday – July 12, 2012

0700 Get up.
0803 Leaving.  Dana has already left for work and Shannon leaves now.

0813 Three wild turkeys in the median, trying to cross the highway.

0849 75 mph speed limit – Welcome back to the wild west!  Yeehaw!

0902 York, NE.  Starbucks!!! With a drive thru!!! I totally lucked out on this random exit choice.  Gas, $3.35/gallon.  McDs beat out Burger King as the choice for food.

0950 Call Travis to make sure he’s not in Nebraska.  I’d hate to drive to Colorado then find out he was in Nebraska! 

0957 Cows

1010 Buffalo County

1014 Swimming cows

1020 Kearney.  Pioneer Village sign.  Maybe on a future visit?  We saw Ft. Kearney last year.

1021  BOO!  Construction again.

1025 What about this for next year- the bridge over Kearney and the Firefighters’ Museum.  So many choices…

1048 One lonely cow.  I wonder if he’s lost…  I hope he finds his friends soon.

1057 Stop at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles.  Our favorite parts: Ryan-the tank (Bradley personnel carrier), Bella-the helicopter, Felisa-all the vehicles we were allowed to get into, Sheila-the MASH display

12:10 p.m. Leaving the museum.  Bribe the kids with a cookie so we can drive a little farther.  Jo says there is an A&W in Platte.

12:23 p.m. More cows swimming

12:32 p.m. Platte River

12:33 p.m.  A bunch of cows huddled under the lone tree for shade.  I wonder which is hotter – being the cow in the middle of that group or standing in the sun?

1:05 p.m. Platte, Nebraska.  Stop at Arby’s since Jo lied about the A&W.  We pass Ft. Cody which says it is free to enter but we’ve already done our stop for the day.  Maybe another time…

1:22 p.m. Go through the Wendy’s drive-thru for Bella since she didn’t want anything from Arbys.

1:27 p.m. Starbucks Drive-thru.  I’m sure this is my last chance for Starbucks until we get to Colorado Springs.

1:45 p.m. What?!  I think I just saw a cow licking another cow!

1:55 p.m. Mountain Time Zone.  Good thing I was paying attention or I would’ve missed the sign.

12:56 p.m. Sprinkling a bit

12:58 p.m. Cool gate!  It was made of different metal wheels welded together.

1:17 p.m. Ogallala, NE.  Gas, $3.73/gallon. 90 degrees. There are signs for Boot Hill.  I wonder what that is.  While we’re stopped I re-tape my finger.  The old tape was falling off.  We also bought a special Nestle crunch Girl Scout cookie bar – peanut butter flavor.  Yum!

1:39 p.m. Brush fire along the highway.  The fire is out but it is recent because there are still a lot of fire trucks and firefighters at the scene.

1:43 p.m. Stinky feedlot cows.  Ick.

1:59 p.m. Colorado

2:08 p.m. Living Snow Fence – a grove of pine trees

2:14 p.m. More construction.  Ugh. This whole day has been one long construction zone.

2:52 p.m. We Buy Antlers billboard.  I wonder what they do with the antlers.

3:52 p.m. Last Chance.  Looks there was a fire through here. 

3:58 p.m. Construction.  This time we have to stop and wait for our turn to drive through.  We are truly in the middle of nowhere – nothing around for miles and no cell signal.  While we’re waiting, a big hay truck wants to turn into the ranch driveway in front of me so I have to back up.

4:02 p.m. Oh look!  They’re recycling the road.  How cool!  They just use their machine to scoop it up, chop it up, shoot it back out and then smoosh it again with the giant roller.

4:50 p.m. Limon.  Gas, $3.59/gallon.

4:58 p.m. Elbert County is on fire watch.

5:19 p.m. Simla, CO- elevation 6029 feet.  We’re going up!

5:23 p.m. El Paso County – getting closer.

5:27 p.m. Commercial for Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.  Is that going on this weekend? Maybe we should go.

5:36 p.m. I can see the mountain peeking out.  Is that clouds covering it or smoke?

5:48 p.m. The kids are playing a game of cloud calling.  I see this, I see that…

6:17 p.m. Arrive at Grandpa Ford’s house.

We decide to grill burgers and hot dogs for dinner but unfortunately take too long to decide so Grandpa has to grill in the rain.  The kids play Wii after dinner.


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