NBG Jim's Nebraska Report: Silos, Cattle Trucks and Happy Horns

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  1. Hi Everyone: Today the sun is shining, the flies are biting and life is good (that is if you can go
    fast enough to get away from them). Hwy 30 is excellent in places, it is horrible in others, in
    general not a recommended route, but every time I say this the shoulder starts again. Problem is I
    never know when. Someone just told me that from now on there will be a shoulder except in a few
    short spots.

    Met Ron Dunham from Michigan who was walking to Seattle. He had a small rickshaw full of his
    possessions. He really liked my trike. He was amazed at all I had in my little bag. He walks 25
    miles a day, hoping to up it to 30.

    Yesterday I talked to a local about the huge grain elevators around here. Each of the silos holds
    about 50 or more truck loads of grain. I just passed a group of silos, there must have been 30 or
    40. On Holloween in Dennison a chunk of one silo, near the bottom, broke out. All the corn spilled
    out causing quite a stir for that small community.

    Today I saw hundreds of cattle trucks heading west. When I asked Bob Rausch, a local I stopped to
    visit with in his yard along the way, he said they were going to a slaughter house down the road.
    They butcher 2500 animals per shift and they run two shifts. Hopefully some of the truck traffic
    will drop off once I pass that plant. Bob had a pond, including reeds and all on his property. There
    was a big sign that said 'No Fishing'. He raises coy, and did not want anyone coming to eat them.

    He also told me small farms are gone. They just cannot compete. It is sad as the bike riding becomes
    boring in some large areas. Regardless of where you look there are either plowed fields for miles or
    rows of crops for miles. The cross wind I am experiencing today is due to this as the majority of
    wind rows are gone. They do not want to waste the space.

    Very few flowers to report on. Some small white ones with cones are rather unique.

    Hwy 30 is really the old overland route the pioneers took in the early 1800. In 1847 it became the
    Mormon trail and later yet it became the Military trail. Now it is a bike trail, ha ha.

    Limited my ride today to 50 miles so my body could rest up a bit. Will be camping in the city park
    in Columbus tonight. A local said he thought it should be okay. Too bad I did not get his name so
    when the police I can say it was his fault. Why aren't you riding Jim? I'm in jail for asking the
    wrong guy about the city rules -- heck, I needed the break anyway.

    I continually am amazed that very few cars seem irritated with me being on the Hwy, actually holding
    them up. Very rarely do I get a horn and often it comes with a thumbs up. That does mean something
    nice doesn't it?

    Off to find that tent site, wish me luck. Jim

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