Monday, May 30
We left Fort Morgan at about 7:15 a.m. We had to wait for someone to come to the office so we could pay. When they didn’t show up, we decided to hit the road & phone in our credit card information for payment; that worked.
We completed our drive across Nebraska on the I-80, passing by Charlotte’s hometown of Kearney. Kearney is the “Sandhill Crane Capital of the World.” It is also the home of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. This University started out as Nebraska State Normal School, evolved to Nebraska State Teachers College, then Kearney State University and finally its present name. Kearney has a unique structure, The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. It opened in July 2000. It houses a historical experience that tells the story of Nebraska and the Platte River Valley, from the Oregon Trail days to the present. It spans more than 300 feet above the I-80.
We exited the I-80 near Omaha and then drove 180 miles across southern Iowa (fighting the wind all the way) on U.S. Highway 34. Hwy 34 was one of the original highways designated when the system was created in 1926. We drove 180 miles to Ottumwa, where Mary Ann lived in 1980-1982. We are camping in their City RV Park. It’s really nice & only $20/night, what a deal!
Today’s route was from Fort Morgan CO to Ottumwa IA, a “3 state day,” about 660 miles.
Some Pictures along the way…..