NEBRASKA...the state that doesn't end!!

Trip Start Aug 09, 2005
Trip End Aug 10, 2005

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Well, I was feeling like we were really making time...until we got into this state. Will had warned me that the drive through Nebraska was the longest part of the trip. However, being the optimist that I am viewed it as being the last state we had to cross before arriving at our new home. And what a state it is!! I think Nebraska is probably the widest of all the 50 states. I say this because we literally drove across the whole southern part of the state, east to west. I feel very close to the citizens of this state. I think we were there long enough to have mail delivered!! However, during this long, long, long drive we did see some very interesting things. You'll notice by the number of pictures in this entry. Among them were many, many more irrigation systems. It was actually driving through Nebraska when a radio promotion explained the irrigation system to you thought I looked it up. It really is a simple concept...and for all your irrigation needs be sure to look up Rinky systems. Anyway, we also passed a couple of really interesting museums. One was a museum for old military vehicles...that was really neat. The other is inside an archway, of sorts, that expands from one side of the interstate to the other. It was a western museum of some sort. It had teepees and old wagons outside for decoration. The further west we traveled the more historical things we began to see. Along the way there was an exit you can take and visit an authentic Pony Express stop. The building is still there. No, we didn't stop. Little did I know we still had a long way to go. Another interesting attraction is Buffalo Bill's Ranch. It is the actual ranch that belonged to Buffalo Bill Cody, now open for tourists. Speaking of ranch should see the hay!! There are hay piles everywhere...they look so fun!! When they do square bale the hay it's in bales that are about 3 feet by 3 feet by 9 feet. They're HUGE!! They have them bound with wire and have to pick them up with heavy equipment. Our horses would be thrilled!!

This state is where the scenery really began to change. It went from farming land with little hills, to flat land where you could see for miles, to the rocky areas that blend into Wyoming. This was our hardest part of the trip. We were on the western side when Flash had a seizure one us. We had to stop and our attempts to find a vet failed so we ended up staying at a rest stop for about 30 minutes. This gave him time to shake it off, move around a little and meet 2 fellow Bassett travelers and their cat companion (moving to Phenix, AZ). Needless to say, when we hit the road again the mood wasn't so cheerful. We were both worried about him. He had been fine and in a matter of seconds was very sick. We kept watch on him and moved on. Will kept saying he just wished we were closer. Just when I was starting to relax...(play dreadful music)...storm ahead. I just kept watching thinking,"that can't be rain!!" It wasn't, it was a monsoon!! We could see the rain in front of us like a wall coming our way. We stopped long enough for Will to close the car windows a little so the cats and car wouldn't be soaked. The wind was awful!! I felt sorry for the cows standing around and had visions from the movie Twister flash through my mind. Will assured me that they are used to the weather. I know, but still...those poor things!! Anyway, the storm was fairly short but not for lack of trying. It's so flat you can see for miles out here but during that storm, we could barely see the vehicle beside us. The weather cleared a bit by the time we got to Sidney, Nebraska (home of Cabella's sporting goods). Will had to stop for gas but first pulled behind the gas station to a Dollar General. He wanted to get some can food for Flash and see if he would eat some. While he filled up, Flash and I took a walk. He seemed fine again by this point. By the time we were finished Will had food ready and Flash ate like a pig!! All seems back to normal. And we were off again.
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