Nebraska & Kansas

Sept.26th

We are in “Cornhuskers” territory, big game today and all you see is “red” shirts everywhere. How big is it? Most of the stores in the little town of York were closed – so much for our taking in the local scene. So we went to a movie instead. Nice relaxing day.

Sept 27th

We did not do much today – we watched the Fed-X Cup and were delighted to see Jordan win.  Tomorrow we are off to Salina/Abilene Kansas to see the Eisenhower Library.  We are really looking forward to this stop.

Sept. 28th

Well, so much for our trip to Abilene.  We experienced issues with our truck in Concordia, KS around 10:00 this morning and had to be towed to a Ford dealership that works on diesel engines.  We have been here all day and looks like we will spend the night as they are having trouble finding the problem.

The positive side is there are things to do here.  The welcome center has the “longest sculpted brick mural in USA”.  The bricks came from the Cloud Ceramic plant right here in Concordia.

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The town is also famous for taking part in the Orphans Train Movement that relocated abandoned children from across the US from 1854 to 1929. We are going to tour these sites tomorrow. If you wish to learn more, go to museum@cloudcountyks.org. Hopefully, we are on our way in a timely manner tomorrow.

Sept. 29th

We again spent the day in Concordia while our truck was being worked on.  The problem was the oil pump blew a fitting.  They say we will be ready to go tomorrow at which time we will head for Abilene to finally take in the Eisenhower Library.  The folks in Concordia have been very warm and accommodating as we spent the day learning about this part of Kansas’ history.  If we had to breakdown, we did it in a good place.

Sept.30th

We finally got our repaired truck back at 2:00, said goodbye to the new friends we met and took off for Abilene taking a less major road to enjoy more of the farmland scenery. Milo, is a major sorghum crop along with corn & soy grown here in Kansas. I have traveled Kansas many times on my way to Denver east to west but find this trip north to south more scenic. It also helps to get off the major highways. The little villages are quaint and picturesque.

We arrived in Abilene around 4:00 set up camp and met our neighbors who have been full time campers for 28 years.  They have been everywhere and were a great source of information for us.

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