Sunday, October 2, 2011

On The Road Again! YAY!!

We planned on leaving Friday afternoon after we got the water pipes all blown out and everything put away and the "Cabin" cleaned, winterized and closed up. But WHEW!!!  That was a JOB! We didn't get finished until almost 3pm and both of us were dog tired.  We had a meeting and made a corporate decision that we would get a good nights rest and put in a full day of driving Saturday.
Boy, I slept like a LOG and woke up ready to roll.  It was a beautiful morning and made us extra sad to leave such a gorgeous place.  By 7:30AM, we were rolling out of Custer heading South.  The weather stayed nice all day.  We had a great travel day and made our destination to the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney, Nebraska.  We arrived as usual right on time for Happy Hour at 4pm. However, we crossed over into the Central Time Zone and lost an hour. Pat had called the Archway and found out their closing time was 4pm. 

We really planned on staying the night at Cabela's and visiting the Archway first thing this morning but the folks at the Archway told us we were welcome to spend the night in their parking lot.  Cabela's has dozens of trains going all night long and they all love to blow those whistles.  We jumped at the idea of being welcomed to use the Archways big parking lot and being right there to view the Archway first thing this morning .
The Archway is beautiful and extends across Interstate 80 right close to the center of Nebraska. Ms Pat and I remember when they began to build it. We wondered what in the world it was. We have driven under it many times but never took the time to stop and see it...We decided this is the time!
I really wish I had taken the tour before I wrote this Blog so I could show you more about this fabulous structure. It is quite interesting how they built it and what all it is made of.  The special steel and chemicals used on the sides of it designate the Nebraska Sunset.. It is beautiful!. You definitely need to check out their Monument Website and here's a link to Wikipedia that has a little more info.   Don't pass it up if you're ever crossing the state. Many of our friends have marveled at the longest escalator in the state inside that takes you by all the marvelous displays..

Standing out in front of the entrance is this big beautiful BUFFALO!!

The Entrance

It's much bigger that it looks from the Interstate as you fly under it. If you have stopped and toured the Archway, please leave me a comment and tell me what you thought of it.
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Here we are all tucked away back in the far side of the parking lot all by ourselves. I really enjoy this Motorhome set up. It's so convenient and easy....just pull in, hit a button and it levels itself and nothing touches the ground. Touch another button and the TV Dome finds a satellite. One more button and the slide, or slides are out.......another button starts the generator if the power meter says you're batteries are low.   Didn't have to start the generator until this morning and that was mainly for the heat pump to take the chill off and, of course, the coffee pot.  What a great way to travel!!! 

We enjoyed the evening except for watching Wisconsin beat the socks off our University of Nebraska. Shucks, that sure shot their winning season!  As soon as we tour the Monument this morning, we will head for Lincoln and spend a few days with our dear daughter-in-law, Ann. After our visit in Lincoln, we will continue on to our next destination, Little Rock, AR. 

It was a GREAT WEEK!!!!

Thanks for stopping by and may the Good Lord take a likin' to ya!

Mike

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12 comments:

Jim and Sandie said...

Doesn't it feel good to have the wheels moving again? I know it's sad to leave your beautiful cabin but just think "snow" and it won't be quite so bad. Haven't made it to Nebraska yet but that arch is really beautiful.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

The Archway looks very interesting we will have to check it out.

Have a safe trip..

Jerry and Suzy said...

Sounds like you have a splendid trip lined up, Mike and Pat. We've been past that archway only once, didn't make a stop, should have. And you can o'nite in their lot. Special! We were very well satisfied with our time in Nebraska, know why you love that state!

Sue and Doug said...

the Archway looks very interesting..love your description of Motorhome travel!..perfect!!

David Cross said...

Lynn and I stopped and toured the arch in 2009. We were really impressed. It is a must stop in my book. Very informative, well done and uses technology very well to tell the story of travel across this great nation.

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH said...

Hey Mike I really like those two new Goose Neck lamps you mounted on the roof near the back of your coach. Will you be able to make it under the Archway with them??

Sherry and Charley Dilworth said...

So glad you got off to such a good start on your travels!! Sounds like you are planning lots of fun. We know that Custer will miss you!!

Be safe!!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Last time we crossed Nebraska we stayed on old US 30 so Sam could watch every Union Pacific train go by.Hope you guys have a great winter in Arizona. Be safe in your travels, Sam Donna..

Grammy aka Aunt Mellen, Mary Ellen said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now. I am Janna's cousin. I live in Sheridan, AR about 40 miles from Little Rock. I would love to meet both of you. I feel like I know you from the blogs. Please send me an email and let me know if it would be possible. mellenewing@yahoo.com

Marty and Roz said...

I'm certain it was difficult to tear yourself away from your beautiful Custer home, but I feel around January or so you will get to feeling better about it.

Roz and I came through Nebraska last summer and almost made the mistake of driving on through this Arch, stopping at almost the last minute. That place is a real "piece of work" to say the least. Extremely informative in a high tech sort of way. Was too early in the day for an overnight there, but it did look like a very good place.

Safe travels...

Rene' and Jeanette Genereux said...

Fun and safe travels to your next destination.

Rene' and Jeanette Genereux said...

Fun and safe travels to your next destination.