|Hot-air balloon Casper, Wyoming.|
Eventually there arrives a point in time when you have to change direction; for Wyatt and I that point arrived in Casper, Wyoming. From this point on we would be traveling east towards home and today we would ride an easy 568 miles across Nebraska on U.S. Highway 20.Back in 2008 I rode U.S. 20 east from Valentine, Nebraska to Iowa; today was my opportunity to ride the other half of Nebraska on U.S. 20 from the Wyoming/Nebraska state line to the South Dakota/Iowa/Nebraska state lines.
|US 20, east bound, Sioux County, Nebraska.|
We ate up the miles and soon it was time for lunch and fuel. The asphalt trail brought us to the town of Valentine. My GrandPa Sandy lived here when he was a kid and he told me that he did not miss the cold Nebraska winters! I can't tell you what the name of the joint was that we ate at (The Bunkhouse?) but it worked and the desserts looked so good that I had a slice of pie! A crew of custom cutters were parked outside and boy are they big! Alexander Supertramp did that for a bit before going up to Alaska...
|Custom cutter crew in Valentine, Nebraska.|
Wyatt and I rolled over to a gas station to fuel up. The normally mundane octane watering of our steeds was made a little more interesting by some other bike riders doing the same chore. There was some hoochy-mama HD approved lady that wanted to be 'seen' by all...hey whatever but I just assume look at a cool bike and not some show-off. See seemed to be annoyed that I wasn't going out of my way to talk to her or that my tongue wasn't hanging out of my mouth. Hey, we all have our own style! What I was more interested in was the gal next to me on her personalized steed! She told me that she was from the area and just likes to ride! Go figure! A Harley owner who likes to ride! LOL She obliged me with a picture and she went on her way!
|She gets it!|
Wyatt and I got our act together and headed east out of Valentine. The heat of the day was increasing with every mile we ticked off. It was hot! Very hot! About 125 miles later I was thinking of ways to cool off. Car wash! Wyatt and I spotted a local convience store in O'Neill and stopped for cold drinks and this was a chance for me to find out where the closest car wash was! The clerk pointed me in the direction we were traveling and told me that there was a car wash just outside of town-Sweet! I'm sure Wyatt did not know what to think but I figured if I soaked myself that I would cool off quicker as the wind evaporated off of me as we rambled on down the line. So, I paid up and like some crazyman I sprayed myself until I was soaked-the only real downside to this method was that my boots never really did dry out and my feet became hot and wet! Oh, well!
|KOA Kabin, North Sioux City, South Dakota.|