Next leg of the journey took us north through Kansas and into Nebraska. We turned west at York, NE which is just east of Grand Island. We made a quick fuel stop there in a small station and discovered a most unusual sight. The Leader wanted a snack break and requested a Coke so while he pumped I went inside. Here it is:
Finally a drink machine that lets you make your own choice. They have it all. Listen up Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Pat’s Pizza in New England and all the others that try to imply that a Pepsi is a Coke. Not a good thing for a diehard Coke drinker like the Leader. We drove on west on I-80 heading to North Platte for the night. Long day of driving but we were making progress. Still hot and windy! North Platte is a railroad town and home to the largest railroad yard in the west known as Bailey Yard. This is actually part of the Transcontinental Railroad approved by Congress in 1862 but it was not completed until several years later. Buffalo Bill’s Ranch State Park is just west and his original house is located here. As we drove west it was easy to see how tough times were for the early settlers as the terrain is rough and water scarce. We crossed several forks of the Platte River which was a major stop for them. My ancestors actually settled in Omaha in the late 1800s then traveled to Wyoming using much this same route (minus the interstate) so we could appreciate their struggles.
On July 20th our stop for the night was not a five star, but not a lot of choices here. We rolled into Holiday RV Park off I-80 and checked in. Had a pull thru with a grassy area next to it and a big Sycamore tree for shade. Turned on the AC units and then walked up the road to eat a steak dinner at Whiskey Creek Steakhouse.
Very good corn-fed Nebraska steak!