Apr 13, 2010

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

It didn't take a whole lot of effort or diesel fuel to drive north today. We were literally blown out of Kansas by near-gale force winds, much the same, sans the twister, as the duo of Dorothy and Toto many years ago.

But this time, the wind was directly at our back, a rare but greatly appreciated tailwind. Side winds are the worst for the bus-house -- those big flat sides catching the full brunt of the wind and forcing you out of your narrow lane and off the road.. A direct head wind doesn't usually blow you around too bad, but the noise from the high winds added to the speed the bus-house is already traveling can be deafening. If we're traveling down the road at 60 mph and we have a 30 mph head wind, the speed of the air over the nose and sides will be 90 mph. But when that same 30 mph wind is a tailwind, like today, and you're traveling along at 60 mph, the speed of the air over the cabin is only 30 mph -- making for much less noise. Traveling with the wind today was quiet, peaceful, and relaxed, almost library-like.

And unlike Dorothy, we didn't land in Oz. We're in Nebraska City (which is, as you might expect, in Nebraska). But come to think of it, I have seen more short people around here than we saw in Topeka. Hmmm. I wonder...  No, it couldn't be!

We're staying at Victorian Acres, an RV Park, for a few days... maybe until Sunday. Our objective is to see the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, just 50 miles to the west. We also hoping to connect up with my nephew Ben and his bride Sarah -- remember Ben and Sarah from the Florida wedding in February? Well, he's going to grad school in Lincoln and I'm sure they could help us find some good local craft beer.

In a few minutes we're going to run out and find pizza for dinner tonight. It's been a long time since we've had pizza and it sounds so good.

... not in Kansas anymore.
Thom

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