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The goal of visiting Omaha was going to the supposed best zoo in the world. We arrived there at 10:30am and left at 4:15pm, shortly before they closed at 5pm. It's great having the GPS to navigate us around, and we had no issues getting there or back to the hotel. Firstly I think the zoo could be in the running for the best in the world, once their extensive construction is complete. There was a lot of construction, which really distracted from the experience. Also the zoo ...
... the car and road. First thing we did upon getting the car was drive straight to Walmart to pick up a GPS unit. Really cheap at $99 and a good model. At Walmart we picked up a few other things - a Minion shirt Sam liked, some fresh strawberries and a few goodies for the road. We checked into the hotel, had a little sleep then dined in at Olive Garden. Sam got her favourite chicken marsala and I had a three pasta dish - very tasty. ...
... last night. The cloud cover was too low which only allowed occasional glimpses of light.
Gotta say a big THANK YOU to Cameron for lending me his 2 walkie talkies. They've been an easy way to communicate while we're driving. Can't imagine not having them along for the ride.
Camping tonight along the Missouri River in western Iowa.
Today's temps - 86 degrees. Total miles: 1575
Off to Pipestone National Historic Site in Minnesota....
... on the track. Drivers can only do a 12 hr shift and then have to change over so five minutes before the next town the crew, from the freight train, needed to change. Amtrak is great - relaxing and always plenty to see. Rolling countryside with heaps of corn as far as the eye can see. (It's coming Trevor!) We arrived in Chicago (Naperville) to a special welcome!
It's not every day that you have two wonderful experiences. But that was my lucky day in Omaha. I spoke at a wonderful ladies' luncheon at Ryan's Bistro, 176th and Center, featuring some of Omaha's best business and volunteer leaders. My mother, Gloria Dinsdale, wife Dawn, daughter Alison, and many others ...