10/15/2010: Day 22: Lincoln, NE to Home, a long drive
We started off from the Victorian Inn under the Lincoln Nebraska airport flight path at about 9:15. Almost immediately (just about an hour down State Rd 2) we stopped in at Arbor Day Farm, a sort of Nebraska Knotts Berry Farm. One of Nebraska's claims to fame is inventing and legislating Arbor Day. The only free section of this park and orchard is the gift shop and apple processing plant tour. But the tour was closed during the brief time we were there due to an injury on the floor. So we didn't stay longer than necessary to pick up some fresh cider and apple butter.
Then down I-29 through Nebraska City, a dozen miles of Iowa, and on down the Missouri side of the Missouri river to St. Joseph. Then across on US 36, a road just barely not an interstate, but much more interesting to drive. At Macon, MO ("makin' mo' what?") we reversed the highway number to take US 63 south.
We had considered going an hour north from there to visit the nephew at Truman University in Kirksville, but decided it would preclude getting home today. It's been a long trip.
So we zoomed south to Columbia and East on I-70 to I-64. Rush hour traffic was heavy, the other way.
We got off with little delay at our usual exit, to find that they've closed the Compton bridge! We were quite surprised, but found our way home, anyway. About 9 hours and 450 miles after starting the day.
Despite all premonitions, our house was intact. Although we do have some issues to go over with the painters.