Trip Start Jul 11, 2008
14Trip End Jul 27, 2008
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South Dakota gets chilly in the morning! We left pretty early because we knew we had one of those long driving days ahead of us. And it was. We went across the entire state of South Dakota until we reached Sioux Falls and then went south down to Omaha. Along the way the scenery was mostly farmland and rolling hills. And straight roads as you can see in the picture.
We did do the must-do stop of Wall Drugs in Wall, South Dakota. Luckily, we are immune to most of that touristy stuff you can buy. The boys did each buy a bag of salt water taffy though. There were a few surprises along the road that I didn't get the camera out in time for, like in South Dakota along the highway there was a skeleton statue of a big dinosaur and in front of it was a skeleton statue of a man holding a leash like he was taking it for a walk. It was not an advertisement for any attraction coming up that I could tell, but it was just there. It was unexpected and funny. Once we started south we crossed over into Iowa and then into Nebraska. This makes it our 9th state. We know we are going to see 19 states, some of them twice, over the course of about 19 days. Nebraska reminds me of Western New York. It's very green. Somewhere along that route (29 South) there was a statuary type store that sold cement figures for your garden and such, just past it was a cornfield with 3 or 4 ceramic apes in it with their arms raised in different poses. I wish I had a picture of that. It was funny too.
I thought we had great directions from my friend Trace to get to her house, right down to turn at the cornhusker and look for the two guys wearing overalls sitting outside the gas station spitting tobacco practically.(ok, just joking on the two guys part) It turns out that she didn't know what direction we were coming from and so we ended up just relying on our GPS lady and she came through. We pulled in Rick and Trace's driveway about 7:30pm. That wasn't bad considering there was a time change as we were driving and passed over into Central time.
It was great to see our friends again. They moved about 3 and ½ years ago and although we have kept in touch, this is the first we've seen them. She has 3 boys and as you can imagine in 3 years they've grown a lot. Trace was very kind to have dinner waiting for us even though it was kind of late. Trace is a great cook and a homemade meal is especially appreciated after eating out for a few days on the road. My boys particularly loved her bar-b-que sauce on the brisket she made, which we are guessing was homemade from her garden tomatoes. Trace and Rick have a beautiful house in "farm country" out here in Nebraska. Some of the roads are dirt/gravel on the way here but the motorhome took it in stride.
After dinner an incredible thunder and lightning storm hit and lasted for hours. It rivaled any that I had seen in Western New York. The television went out and the power threatened a few times, but it always came back on.
It was great catching up with Rick and Trace and seeing their boys. Tomorrow we're kind of footloose and fancy free, as it's the first day we don't have a reservation somewhere for the night. That's because we can't decide how far we want to or can go. It depends on what time we leave tomorrow and whether we want to push on past Chicago or stop before. Plus, there are not a lot of campgrounds in the Chicago area. So, we'll see what happens. We expect to be in Buffalo either late Thursday or midday Friday. Tomorrow you hear from Adam again. Cheryl
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