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ADT JOURNAL: CHAPTER 44
Kearny, Nebraska to Silver City, Iowa
This chapter was written and sent on the internet from the Malvern, Iowa High School Library.
April 30, Thursday
51.7 miles, 11.3 mph average, 4 hours 32 minutes, 525 miles total
May 1, Friday
As if that wasn't bad enough, we were abruptly awakened at 6 am by the park sprinkler system. And, to our dismay, our tent was directly on top of one of the sprinker heads. Not only did our tent and gear get drenched, but Laurie got a good soaking trying to disassemble things. Oh well, it did make for an early start!
Then, things took a turn for the better. We finally got a mild tailwind which boosted our morale and our average miles per hour by 3 mph over any previous day in Nebraska. Also, this would be our first day in Nebraska totally on paved roads no gravel.
We stopped for coffee in a friendly cafe in Giltner. In Aurora, we picked up a mail drop and took care of some business. We rolled steadily eastward, ate lunch in Hampton, and arrived in York by 2 pm. We had been invited to meet with Jim Krejci, head of York's Parks & Recreation Dept. Jim and some other York citizens are responsible for getting the ADT re-routed into the city of York. York is trail friendly and in the forefront as it has had a bike trail for the past 22 years. Jim had arranged an interview for us with the local paper. In addition, the city Chamber of Commerce paid for a nice hotel room and we enjoyed a great dinner with Jim and his wife, Ann. All's well that ends well!
We also had a chance to visit our first bike shop in 580 miles. Bill got his wheels checked and trued while we dried out our wet tent in the hot afternoon sun. Our bikes have performed flawlessly and only one flat so far due to a thorn.
55 miles, 14.2 mph average, 3 hours 51 minutes, 582 miles total
May 2, Saturday
73.4 miles, 10.9 mph average, 6 hours 40 minutes, 656 miles total
May 3, Sunday
Today was short and easy with a tailwind pushing us into Lincoln, the prosperous booming capital of Nebraska. We stopped at the Plains Indian Cultural Center which was not a museum as we thought, but more of a community center for all Indians. We were pleased to see a huge carved statue of an Indian by Peter Toth, a man from Bill's hometown in Ohio. He is in process of carving a major Indian statue in every state in the country.
On into Lincoln we rode and we stopped at the outdoor track of the University of Nebraska, where the finish line of the Lincoln Marathon was located. 2300 runners had started at 7 am and many were just finishing as we arrived. It was a festive event with lots going on.
We continued our ride on excellent trails threading our way through the city. At 40th Street, we left the trail and rode to the house of Ross and Caryl Greathouse. Ross serves on the ADT Society board with us, and he is the founder of the Nebraska Trails Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that collects funds and promotes trails within the state. Many of Nebraska's rail trails would not exist without Ross' excellent work. We had a great afternoon touring the city and going out to dinner.
28.5 miles, 13.9 mph average, 2 hours 9 minutes, 684 miles total
May 4, Monday
We were impressed by the number and quality of trails and parks in Lincoln, and the whole state of Nebraska. With sunny, warm weather and more tailwinds, our spirits are high and we have opted to forego another planned day off, putting us a day ahead of schedule.
57.4 miles, 12.8 mph average, 4 hours 27 minutes, 741 miles total
May 5, Tuesday
Once in downtown Omaha, we were on some pretty busy streets when a bicycle policeman came up to us. He ended up pedalling with us for a few miles as he showed us scenic sites and a route to pick up the paved and traffic free levee road to our bridge over the Missouri, which brought us to Iowa. The sign said "IOWA, We Will Make You Smile!" Once in Council Bluffs, where Lewis and Clark had a big meeting with the Sioux and Otoe Indians back in 1805, we started down the Wabash Trace, a rail trail. Tonight we are camped in another city park in Silver City. This town, population 291, was very cordial to us, with a city councilman volunteering to have the water turned on at the park so we could use the bathrooms. We have noticed as we travel that each small town has its own persona. Some go out of their way to help a stranger while others are more suspicious and hesitant to make exceptions for camping, etc. We wonder what sets the tone for these differences. We notice we have broken the 800 mile mark today. Only 1000 miles to go!
63.9 miles, 10.8 mph average, 5 hours 54 minutes, 805 miles total
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