Day 3

Trip Start Jul 26, 2006
Trip End Aug 2006

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

We were back on the road again by 8am this morning anxious to see what lay ahead. We drove through Nebraska on I 80 and found lots and lots and lots and .... of corn fields and bean fields. We've never seen so many corn fields. Now I know where all those cans or corn and bottles of corn oil come from. I suppose Nebraskians would be just as surprised to see all the grass and hay fields and hops back at home.

We made a stop in Kearney Nebraska for lunch and a quick run into the AAA store. I was bound to leave something at home and sure enough I couldn't find my Missouri book. I love AAA TripTik, wouldn't make any long trip without one. They show you which exits you can still get back onto the freeway if you have to get off and which exits have food, gas, or lodging. From their web site you can find out where the construction is scheduled. It's also easy to plan spur of the moment detours from the TripTik to see the scenery and not have to worry about getting lost, which is nice when you get tired of going down the same freeway for miles and miles and miles. The TripTik shows you estimated miles along the way, which is nice when it starts getting late and you're thinking about how much further you want to go before stopping. Their TourBook has a list of motels/hotels/etc with ratings and amenities and approximate pricing along with phone numbers. It's been a great help to be able to call ahead when we're a few hours out and make reservations. On weekends it's a must, and you also find out what events are going on in that city and that the prices are hiked up or all the rooms are full.

We continued onto Ashland Nebraska where we stopped off to visit the Strategic Air & Space Museum. It was a rush to get there, they were closing at 5pm and it was 4:30pm when we pulled into the parking lot. Surprisingly they let us in for free. The registers were closed and they were nice enough to tell us where to go to see the most planes with the little time we had left. We had enough time to see the planes and walk around and stretch our legs. Unlike other air museums we have been to, inside this one you are able to walk under and around all of the planes that are on display. At other museums we had to stay behind the roped off area and look from a distance. Here you could get up as close as you wanted to the planes. They also had a small restaurant area - naturally it was closing up - but if we'd been there earlier in the day we could've eaten lunch and watched workers rehabbing a plane on the other side of a floor to ceiling glass window.

After leaving the Museum we decided to take a scenic route to I29 in Iowa and bypass Omaha & Council Bluffs. We headed south on Hwy 66 East to Louisville Nebraska where we stopped at a little store for ice cream. The part of Louisville we went through, which appeared to be the outskirts of the city, was a real cute little town with quaint little houses and shaded lots. From here we continued onto Plattsmouth Nebraska. Plattsmouth looked just like Louisville, small and quaint and homey, just like what you would expect for an old small town. From here we picked up Hwy 35 where we got to go across a narrow part of the Missouri River on a small toll bridge. Hubby really got a kick out of traveling all the way from Oregon to backwoods Nebraska to cross a toll bridge. The bridge was an old rusty truss type, at least it wasn't creaky. It appears to be used a lot for a shortcut to get back and forth to I29 between Nebraska and Iowa.

We entered I29 at exit 32 in Iowa and headed south. Thoroughly refreshed from our small detour and ready to hit the Interstate. Wasn't far down the Interstate before we crossed the border into Missouri. We pushed on, wanting to get to St.Joseph for the night. By 8:30 that evening we had arrived at our destination.

Our plan is to check out the local yard sales in the morning before getting back on the road again.
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