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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Day 2: Lansing, MI to Greenwood Nebraska

This day was planned to be the longest travel day of our trip. In the end it got a little longer than planned.

The first detour started at 4:15am when we missed the on ramp (or as our British GPS navigator says "slip road") to the I69 South.   It takes a loooooooooooong time to do a U-turn in this rig. In the end we did in about 20 min and 10 km later, driving through some poor neigbourhood with a loud obnoxious diesel motorhome.

About 1100km later, at the end of the day, we aimed for a city run campground in Papillon, Nebraska, but the last spot was taken about an hour before we showed up.  They directed us the KOA about 20 km west and when we showed up there they were all full.  The grouchy old lady at the KOA reception says, "You know this is Nebraska and you need to reserve your camping because you know...it's very busy."  Bless her, she ended up  suggesting Pine Grove RV in Greenwood and after some encouragement called them for us, and barked into the phone that some people were coming with a 38 foot RV.  It was another 20 km further west and we got the LAST camping spot.

The good news: We got a camping spot for the night !
The next good news: We're 40km closer to Denver than planned.
Lessons Learned:  Reserve your campsite in Nebraska !

Overall this was an awesome travel day. We listened to music ranging from Rolling Stones to Beastie Boys. Jessica, Sophia and I played "Spot It" and read a lot and girls also watched movies.

Tom and I  started the day in the dark, driving from 4:15am to about 7am before the girls woke up. It was nice to sip our delicious coffees and have some time to talk to each other.  There are some great conversations that happen in the dark.

Also, if you travel with me you'll eat very , very well ! I love taking care of this family. We had bagels and cereal for breakfast, followed by apples, pear and apple struedel for morning snack, then had sandwiches and veggies for lunch with some potato chips, later ice cream sandwiches and then turkey burgers and chocolately chip vanilla ice cream cones.  This last part was eaten on our picnic table surrounded by farmers field and blue summer sky.

It was a lovely evening here in Greenwood.  The evening was a little brisk. Pine Grove is a very well maintained campground with a unique playground and icy pool that only the crazy Canadian kids seemed to go in at night.   There was a flying saucer merry go round that Tom pushed the kids on that ended up with Sophia flying off into the grass, but she was OK in the end. Except for Jessica trying to slow it down and ended up kicking her in the head.  Kids are resilient though and she was fine by the time she got into the pool.

We saw wind turbine blades going down the high way. Also crop dusters, likely spraying chemicals from Monsanto that their genetically modified crops are immune to.   Tom is a great driver and got us safely here for the night.

Stats as of Day 2:

July 26, 2013-
Pickering Mileage:  14285km, 1:43pm EST departure
US Sarnia Border: 5:00pm EST - 5:30pm EST, Mileage 14,285km
Flying J Truck Stop, Lansing , MI:   8:20pm EST, 14,802km

July 27, 2013-
Lansing, MI:  4:15am EST departure
Entering Indianna:    6:55EST /   5:55 CT  15,051km (entering Central Time Zone)
Entering Illinois:  6:40AM CT
Entering Iowa:  9:43AM CT  [crossed Mississipi River]
Gas Stop:  Grinell, Iowa  1:00pm CT  15,583km   [Kum & Go]
Entering Nebraska:   3:45pm CT  [crossed Missouri River]
Pine Grove RV Park & Campgroun, Greenwood, Nebraska:  5:20pm CT



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