Thursday, June 12, 2014

Eastward Ho! (Day Fourteen)

by Pa Rock
Wagon Master

Drove almost six hundred miles along the Interstate 80 Trail heading east today - and finally pitching our camp at a Motel 6 in Kearney, Nebraska.  If this beautiful weather continues to prevail and the oxen don't get ill or go on strike, we should be in Kansas City sometime tomorrow afternoon - and then home on Saturday!

Our motel tonight is right across the street from the Ft. Kearney Museum, a long building that resembles a remodeled army barracks and is situated on a large wooded acreage.  There are some peacocks in the woods yelling about something - or perhaps yelling about nothing at all, as peacocks sometimes do.  They have gotten me to thinking about how much I would really like to have a few peacocks at the farm.  Guess I will have to attend some animal swap meets when I get home!

There isn't much to report from the road tonight.  Everything is green, providing the team with plenty to munch on along the way.  Saw quite a bit of southern Wyoming and central Nebraska today, and have been blessed with clear skies ever since the downpour that we suffered in South Dakota on the first day out of Kansas City.

I thought of Matthew Shepard as we drove through Laramie, Wyoming, this morning.  It is hard to imagine that peaceful little community being the scene of such an awful hate crime.  Rest peacefully, Matthew.  Fifteen years on and you are still remembered and missed.

The trail is winding down.

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