Nebraska Arrival

The mules and I have arrived in Nebraska!

Brick and Cracker’s Nebraska arrival. Here, taking the final steps across the Missouri River in to Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

We started the day outside Tabor, Iowa and worked our way through the rolling Iowa country over to the Missouri River. There we got a first hand look at the after-effects of the flooding that has plagued the mid-West all spring and in to summer.

Flooded out

Right now I’m settling the mules in to their overnight quarters at the Plattsmouth ball field. Thanks City Hall and Sheriff’s department for letting us spend the night here. Also a crazy big thanks to everyone in the neighborhood that showed up with everything from grain, carrots and water for the mules to a pork chop dinner for me.

The welcoming committee. Well, part of the welcoming commitee. Thanks to everyone that showed up welcome Brick and Cracker and me. What a lovely Plattsmouth and Nebraska welcome!

Here are a few pics I thought you’d enjoy of the day. Lots more coming on the mules’ next day off (probably the day after tomorrow).

The Day (July 11, 2019) in Photos

5:45am: heading out from the shelter at Pinky’s Glen park outside Tabor Iowa. Big thanks to Doug Blackburn, Marcus and Chelsea for directions, grain and topping up my flask!
My maps: I didn’t have the maps I needed for Iowa. Here, a hodge-podge of maps I clobbered together to get from Missouri to Nebraska via Iowa.
The bridge from Iowa to Plattsmouth, Nebraska is a toll bridge. I wondered how much I had to pay until Sherrill showed up and gave me…
…a toll pass. Thanks Sherrill!

You may have heard of the flooding that’s affected the Mid-West. We rode right through it. This is the second time this area has flooded. The water has gone way back. The damage remains.
A landscape littered with disinfectant bottles, bones and baby doll heads. I found the arm to this doll a few hundred yards up the road.
The mules on a barely trafficked road. Water on both sides.
The bridge that connects Iowa to Plattsmouth, Nebraska. This sucker is old, rusty and narrow.
Very narrow. For the most part, traffic we encountered was very co-operative except for…
…the driver of this Infinity License Plate 217833 who couldn’t wait and had to pass in a no passing lane. Note the oncoming car. If you’re the driver of this Infinity, you need to have a hard look at yourself. Also….
…this GMC Sierra license CEG 134.
Approaching the toll booth. Look! The Welcome to Nebraska sign just past the booth.
Brick and Cracker have already decided they love Nebraska. Here, getting carrot treats from one of the attendants.
The good life
And more good life.
And even more good life. Thanks for supper Mark and Stephanie!

8 Responses to Nebraska Arrival

  • I have often thought that every person who drives should have to stand right beside a busy hi-way for four hours. It might change the way they drive. At least make them think about common courtesy. And maybe even think about how dangerous traffic is.
    Also wanted to say your mules are beautiful!

  • Bernie, Brick, and Cracker. I wanted to say hello and tell you what a pleasure it is to watch your progression. Be safe. We look forward to your safe return back home neighbor!

  • The balance, for every inconsiderate driver there is some one handing you a plate of food or feed for the mules…some can’t think past “self” and some think of others first. I think the scale for you on this trip has been weighted toward the kindness in people and not selfishness. Your are a lucky man B, to have made all those friends. This mule journey has become the joint success of many kind individuals.

  • Hey Bernie, I’m glad to see you are enjoying eastern Nebraska. I would work in this area a lot and have many good friends there. Have some great travels my friend. If you are travelling up the Platte River, after US 30 rejoins the Platte, it follows some of the busiest train tracks in the country. Also, stock up on mosquito repellent. Take care my friend, Bob

    • 10-4 on the mosquitoes. Sheesh! For the first time in my travels, I broke down and bought fly spray.
      I do look forward to the trains. Last time I crossed this area in my wagon for the “Lost Sea Expedition” I caught up with a great guy in Seneca, Gene Hanson. He wrote a great guide on how to cook on locomotive manifolds. Our kind of guy! That link:
      I’ll be thinking of you out there my friend.

    • Bob Skelding, so nice to see you are still alive and kicking! I have wondered about you and the Belgians. Is Doc still your young one? Did you get him a compatriot? If so, another Percheron? I hesitate to ask about Bob and Bill, just in case of sadness. As you can tell, I followed your adventures, and it was from you I learned about Bernie. Just hope you are doing well. Regards, Linda

  • We are so glad to have had the pleasure of chatting with you and being part of your journey. Have done some reading up on you and your life, and you’re truly fascinating, we feel blessed to have been part of you adventures. Please know if you’re ever in our neck of the woods, we’ll have the water ready . We are fans, can’t wait to see all of your adventures moving forward.

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