We planned a short day of travel today and it was a good thing. This morning Mark was catching a heavy crosswind from the southeast that made driving difficult. We stopped once to get gas and a little after that we stopped at a rest area so he could relax his grip. Fortunately, as soon as we left the rest area the highway turned southeast so the wind wasn’t hitting us broadside.
We didn’t have a long way left to go in South Dakota. The only thing of interest I caught before we left South Dakota was black billows of smoke out behind a farm building. I was curious as to what could make so much smoke in such a small area.
South Dakota hangs onto every bit of statehood it can along it’s eastern border, but after Sioux City we finally entered Iowa. We spent most of the day along I-29 on the Iowa side of the Iowa/Nebraska border. The borders are divided by the Missouri River. The most confusing part of the drive was where Omaha, Nebraska meets Council Bluffs, Iowa. At that crucial moment our GPS shut down, but I saved the day by looking at my trusty road atlas. Old tech still has its uses!
Ten miles from the southern border of Iowa, we finally crossed the river and stopped in Nebraska City, Nebraska for the night.
Actually our first stop was at Wallmart. My very educated mother had mentioned something about being able to repair chipped glass so we found several kits we can use on all the chips our windshields have. I also discovered that with my insurance I can get a free flu shot at Wallmart so I did. The pharmacist was so good I didn’t even bleed!
Mark thinks I’m silly for having us sleep in Nebraska tonight when we could have gotten farther down the road. There’s a method to my madness… Nebraska was the only western state, other than Hawaii, that we hadn’t at least spent one night in yet. As of tonight we will have slept in every continental state on the west side of the centerfold of my atlas!
We found a really lovely place to spend the night. It’s called Victorian Acres RV Park and Campground. Here are some pictures: