|Camp at Chatham SP, IA|
Monday morning, I cleaned out the dog water pail and noticed my fresh water was a bit murky. So I took advantage of the water and emptied my tank, rinsed it and filled it with fresh water. Cleaned up the dishes and pet bowls to tidy up the van. I threw a stick for my dog to catch while waiting for the tank to fill. It was getting warm so I wanted to be on our way.
Garmin kept trying to send me to Missouri but that was too far south for this heat wave. I headed for IA 2 to head across that state. It was a pretty drive with hills and forests in among the farms. The southeastern portion is Amish country again. I saw a couple of buggies with just a man driving it and both times he waved at me. I've never seen that in the Ohio and Pennsylvania Amish country. They aren't unfriendly there but they keep to themselves. The land made its slow rise as we left the Mississippi and headed west. It was open country with only very small towns for the most part. Crossed the Missouri river and headed west across Nebraska towards Lincoln. At Lincoln, I decided to abandon the US highways and just go on I80 along the Platt river. As flat as NE is, I thought a bit of the flat Platt river valley would be a touch more interesting. Near dark, we ended up near Kerny, NE where there's a Ft. Kearny State Historical Park with a camp. $5 entry fee, $12 to camp, +$6 for electric. I took it. It was hot and I was tired. They had several nice ponds but wouldn't let me swim the dog. Oh well.
|These 2 hate each other, and yet in the van, they do this.|
|Ft Kearny, NE camp|
Tuesday morning, I made coffee, did some dishes, tidied up and headed west. Stopped for more ice, drove on, hit the S Platt and down along it. Getting flatter. I started feeling sleepy at the dull landscape and the heat so I stopped and got a little food. That perked me up. I saw on the Garmin a reservoir a bit off to the left so I looked for the signs and it was Sutherland Reservoir. I pulled up to the campground along the lake and down to the water area where a couple others were dry camping. Parked the van in the shade for the cats and let the dog out. She fairly bounded down to the water. The beach was big and sandy and there was only a person with a child a ways out in the water so I moved aways from them, asked the dog to find me a stick and we spent a good hour with her swimming for the sticks. She really needed some good exercise and this was perfect. When she finally refused to go after a stick (her signal that she's tired), I walked back to the van. She followed, then went off a ways to poop.
|Sutherland Reservoir, NE|
I opened the van door and Nissa, my old girl cat hopped out. So I took her on a little walk. Sylvester, the male cat perched himself on the entry and thought about it but didn't leave the van. Meanwhile, the dog ran back to the lake and asked for me to come back and play fetch some more. She took a load off and was ready to go again. But I wanted to get going. So after a bit, I called her and we loaded up and headed southwest and west along the S Platt. Took I76, then US34 into Greeley and got to my sister's at about 5pm.
|I want to swim some more|
|Sylvester: Hmmm, should I or shouldn't I? Nah|
The dog slept heavily and was still a bit subdued when I got to my sister's house and her dog. The two dogs really like each other but we had to separate them because they wanted to do the rough puppy playing that she can't do much of yet.