American Locations 46

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Colorado, & Nebraska

When we ended our stay with family, we climbed back into our motor home and headed north on I-225. We then went west on I-71 to the Havana St. exit. We took that north to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. This is a former weapons testing grounds that has been converted into a nature preserve.

We drove all through this vast tract, and also hiked some. Once we’d had enough, we left the preserve and drove west on E. 56th Street to I-270. We drove a short distance northwest to I-76. We left the Denver area driving northeast out Colorado into Nebraska, where I-76 joins I-80. We continued east on I-80. The land was flat with a lot of feed lots. We passed many lakes. Driving was made difficult by a strong wind. It was warm and turning cool. The ground was saturated by recent rains.

We got off I-80 at North Platte, which is where the North Platte and South Platte Rivers join to form the Platte River, and found a private campground.

The next day we continued east on I-80. It followed the Platte River, which was wide and peaceful. We stopped at Kearney to see the Arch Monument, which spans the Interstate.

We spent a pleasant hour or so strolling through the dioramas. Then we continued east on I-80.

Next Destination – Carlock, Iowa, & Kickapoo State Park, Illinois

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