Monday, May 4, 2009

May 4, 2009 Henderson to North Platte, NE

The trip from Henderson to North Platte, NE was a study in contrasts - starting with flat agricultural land with few trees and morphing into slight hills with some trees and great herds of cattle that contained more cattle than I have ever seen alongside the highway. We drove under the Great Platte River Road Archway Memorial, a huge wooden arch that spans I-80 near Kearney, NE. Next trip, we will have to stop and learn the history of this arch. The first portion of the trip seemed like miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles. We have seen an unusual design of a utility pole in several areas of this trip. This design seems to have been created by an inebriated engineer. When we finally saw hills in the distance, they seemed like a far off mountain range after so many miles of flat, treeless land. We have been slowly rising in altitude to the 2800 feet where we are now. That should go much higher in Wyoming and South Dakota. Of course, we ran into some rain today but the day ended up sunny and mid 60s. Tomorrow we become tourists in the home town of "Buffalo Bill" Cody.

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