It took us little longer to get everything packed up and into the RV than we originally thought. Our plan was to hit the road by about 1 PM but leaving just before 3 didn’t put us too far behind. With right around 700 miles to go my travel buddy and I settled in for the long drive. For those of you that travel with small-ish pets, this little basket was a god send. Normally, traveling with Lucy involves constant jumping from seat to seat (her..not me) and me trying to get her out from under my feet or under the break. I got this from Amazon for about $20 with free Prime shipping and it attaches to the seat and has a place to secure her so she has to stay put. After a few minutes whining, she finally settled in and went to sleep.
The drive was pretty uneventful for the most part which was fine with me. It was long and we drove along Hwy 30 for the first half, but since we didn’t have to worry about the people racing along the interstate next to use it allowed me to take some time to enjoy the Midwest scenery. I love these railroad bridges and there were quite a few along the way. This is the one that crosses the Missouri River.
I had a mixture of emotions and fears as we drove away from what had been our home for 24 years. I was so looking forward to seeing Brooke and spending some time with her in Colorado, but as happy as I was to be seeing her soon I was also that sad knowing that Sadie will be living in Ames, IA. I worried about Sam as he left his friends and would be starting a whole new life on his own (with the help of his big sister) As much as I know that Colorado life will suit him with better snowboarding, mountains and boulders waiting to be climbed, and just the general atmosphere of the place, I know he’s going to miss his friends and might feel a little alone for awhile before he settles in and starts working and meeting people. It takes a lot of courage to move away from the only place he’s known and I really commend him and Brooke for that. When I was cutting hair and working in a college town, it allowed me to meet people from so many different countries. One of the conversations I had more than once was how people from other countries come here and many of them see more of our country in a couple of weeks or months than a lot of Americans do in their entire life. That stuck with me all of these years and I didn’t want to be one of those people who only get so see a small fraction of this country that is ours. I don’t want that for my kids either. Its always been important to us is that our kids never lose that sense of curiosity and adventure and not be afraid to move away from what might be considered “normal” if it means finding a way of life that is just for them.
When it started getting late, we ended up staying in Kearney, NE at a Roadway Inn. I have to mention that as we have traveled the last few years we have been surprised that some of the best and cleanest places to stay have become hotels like Super 8 and Roadway Inn. We’ve had some of the worst stays in some of what would be considered higher end hotel chains. Here is the last view as we drove through Nebraska looking for our spot for the night. Who said there are only cornfields in the Midwest?
After a decent night’s rest and some free breakfast, we hit the road again anxious to get to our campground. We drove the interstate the rest of the way finally stopping at Boyd Lake in State Park in Loveland, Co. We were then faced with the task of unloading all of the kids stuff from the RV to the truck and then taking to Brooke’s place in Fort Collins. We were looking forward to getting our space set up and the RV organized so we could finally stop moving for a bit.