September 17, 2006.
Today was our longest day so far, 358 miles. We also got our earliest-ever
start, 8:10 a.m., and I have no reason for that. Except for maybe we
were just wanting to get somewhere WARM.
Yesterday was so miserable (weatherwise; in the 30's all day and very
cloudy and windry) that we just set up the rig, put up the satellite
dishes, and surfed the Internet and caught up on e-mail. It was a "clean
out the refrigerator" night and left-overs never tasted better!
The dogs, for some reason, had cabin fever and needed to be walked in
spite of the wind and cold. Dave took them, wearing the winter-jacket
he bought at Three Dog Down in Poulson, MT (www.threedogdown.com), an
AWESOME store. We bought all kinds of stuff: coats, a comforter, bed
sheets, a little sheepskin rug for in front of the fireplace.... they
have stuff you will find no where else for the price. No wonder the
sign that greets you at the door is "Sorry, we're open."
We assumed the nav queen (nav system) would route us through Denver
via I-25 and then east on I-70. Surprisingly she directed us to go east
on I-80 in Cheyenne. Doesn't matter to us; we're just enjoying the new
At the Welcome Center Dave picked up a magazine that listed campgrounds
and this is how we ended up at a Cabela's (Outdoor World's competitor)
campground in Sidney, Nebraska. I guess they figure you are very likely
to go shopping, which we did. The temperature at 6:15 p.m. is a very
comfortable 60 degrees, though the wind is blowing very stiffly out
of the west at 30-35 knots. Pulling the rig, the tailwind enables us
to average 13 mph.
Fuel - $114.78. Campsite: $24.08. Lunch (Subway) $13.50. Total: $152.36
We saw the sun almost all day today; what a joy. Driving east along
I-80 in Nebraska is sort of like driving along I-70 in Kansas, but it's
greener and much prettier. Many more trees.
We had our earliest departure yet: 8:10 a.m. It was 46 degrees when
we left Sidney, NE and when we stopped for the night (Geneva, NE, along
Nebraska Rt. 81, heading south to Kansas) it was a balmy 58. The wind
is still blowing stiffly out of the west, but Victor had shed his sweater
in favor of his St. Louis Cardinals jersey, so even he is getting warmer.
We're averaging 13.5 miles per gallon.
As most of you know, we are HUGE Cardinal fans and (as usual, tee hee)
they are poised for post-season play. I really, really hope that we
can see a game at the new Busch stadium before the end of the regular
Tomorrow's destination is Harrah's, just north of Topeka, KS where Dave's
mom lives. We'll be there for a few days. There probably won't be a
whole lot of news to report. When there is, we'll send it.
Let us hear what's new with YOU!!!
Take care. By the way, attached are two photos: one of the snow we were
driving thru on Saturday; the other of our dogs, Jim and Victor
Cardinals Fans - Victor and Jim