Driving through Nebraska

June 22, 2017: Nebraska – Day 2

Driving through Nebraska brought some very Nebraska-esque sites, like covered wagons. And then there was the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. Quite a surprise when you’re not expecting a giant archway over the interstate!

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By the time we made it to Lincoln, Nebraska we were ready for some real food. It’s hard to eat on the road when you try to eat healthy and even more so when you have food sensitivities. With an ulterior motive of renting an audiobook, we decided to make a stop at the old standby, Cracker Barrel.

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They had a full menu based on food sensitivities and allergens so I was able to order a gluten-free, corn-free meal with no problem.

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Do an unusually high percentage of antique car drivers prefer Cracker Barrel too? It’s possible.

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Finding some food made us both happy and ready to keep driving towards the day’s destination: Mark Twain State Park in Missouri.

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Chad enjoyed his first Cracker Barrel meal while I drove over the increasingly less flat roads of Nebraska and onward towards Iowa!

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We drove through a corner of Iowa and could feel the humidity rising.

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By this time I’d gotten news that Charlie was doing just fine and I could stop worrying about her. Before we knew it we were in Missouri and Chad was still working on his dessert.

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As the sun set we stopped to get gas, very obviously in Jesse James territory.

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Yes, this meant we’d be arriving in the dark, but since we had a cabin booked and didn’t have to set up a tent, we knew we’d be able to relax from our long day in the car soon.

Day 3 – Mark Twain State Park

Pony Express Station In Gothenburg Nebraska

June 22, 2017 – Gothenburg, Nebraska – Day 2

IMGP2859Our next destination was the Pony Express Station in the town of Gothenburg, Nebraska. It was nestled into a cute little neighborhood with historic craftsman houses. I enjoyed seeing different types of residential neighborhoods throughout our trip, and this was one of the cutest ones.

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We eventually found the Pony Express Station. It felt good to stretch our legs while we took a quick look around. Chad bought some souvenirs and I eavesdropped on fellow tourists. A middle aged couple were there with their son who was starting college soon. It made me remember when my parents drove me to NY for my first semester in college and we took a road trip of our own from NC to NY.

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One of the interesting things I learned about the Pony Express was that it was only operational for 18 months. Then the telegraph became more widespread making the pony express  obsolete. It seems strange that it became legendary in such a short time.

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What I haven’t yet told you is that we had a pretty tight driving schedule on our way out, trying to make it from Salt Lake to Nashville in just three days. On this particular day we woke up in Wyoming and would be finishing the day in Missouri. Chad was ready with ideas of places to stop and I tried to keep us on schedule. It turned out that there was a Sod House museum in the same town so we decided to have a quick look. It was closed but we had fun goofing around at the American Gothic face hole board.

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