My wife has always accompanied me on
the Tour Nebraska events but this year she was unable to travel due to
some health problems. I didn't really plan on going but she
insisted that I go and take my Grandson, Josh.
He kind of hinted around last year that he thought it would be neat to
go on the tour. So I decided it would be good for him and I to
spend a little "male-bonding" time together.
The tour this year was organized a
little differently than in the past. All the other tours I've
gone on have always been two day events, Saturday and Sunday.
Of course not everyone drove the tour on both days, but everyone signed
up for both days, whether they actually drove them or not. This
year the tour organizers decided to give everyone a choice of what days
they wanted to drive - Saturday only, Sunday only, or both
Saturday and Sunday. This way, the organizers had a much better
handle on how many people to plan for on each day. In the past it
was pretty much a guess, as a lot of people bugged out after the first
Even though Josh was eager to go, I
thought 2 full days of driving might be a little more than an active, 11
year old could handle, even with the Game Boy, CD player, and DVD player
he brought along. So, I signed up to go on the Saturday drive
As it turned out, after our tour on
Saturday he was disappointed that we weren't going to drive the Sunday
tour also. And other than the trip to and from Lincoln (the home
base for the tour) I don't think he ever broke out any of his electronic
"time-killers" while we were on the tour. We took in the scenery,
talked and general had a swell time. If he goes with me next year,
I'll sign us up for both days.
This year's tour covered the southeast portion of Nebraska and a tiny part of
Kansas and covered just a little over 300 miles.
To give you a flavor of the trip, use your mouse to follow
our route, marked in green. Start at Lincoln
head east. When you come across a link in the road, click on it
to take a little side trip, where you'll find a little information about
the various stops along the way.