Day 4 – May 13

Up and out early this morning, heading from western Iowa to Denver. I was absolutely thrilled to find some real country music on the radio at 7:30 a.m.! Caught the original Carter Family, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, the Browns Ferry Four, and several others on KWMT out of Fort Dodge, Iowa, a commercial AM station. Thanks to DJ Ross Campbell. You got my day off to a great start!

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Not much to look at through most of Nebraska except to examine the subtleties of the flat and monochromatic scenery. I thought this road sign was unique – turns out Sapp Brothers is a chain in Nebraska.

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Over the course of the day we saw a coyote, a pheasant, several wild turkeys and a few odd hawks. I was disappointed not to see any prairie dogs, however. I had to explain to George that they are not really dogs…

The travel highlight of the day was a stop at Ole’s Big Game Lounge in Paxton, Nebraska. This unusual restaurant is a taxidermist’s playground, displaying the trophies of a local big game hunter. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is as close as I will ever come to an African elephant, moose, giraffe, polar bear, or caribou.

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Had a wonderful meal and a memorable visit with friends Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore in Denver. They made me forget the 1,500 miles we have driven since Thursday. I am glad we got to play some music. Tomorrow, the Rocky Mountains!

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