6427 Miles: A Tour of America
By Gerard Forgnone
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Cheyenne, Wyoming to Gothenburg,
As I woke up in the Cheyenne, Wyoming KOA
Kampground, I found this outdoor cooking area.
The eggs and bacon I'd been carrying since San Diego
needed cookin', so I took advantage of the
This is an AWESOME feature!
Yum! Hot breakfast!
At Cheyenne, the old train station is now a
museum. It was raining, so I didn't get a good
outdoor shot of the place. Anyway, these are
some of the placards they had on display.
My brother Fred always talks about "Big Boy"
locomotives. Here's a pic of one. HUGE!
Here's model of a Big Boy. Awesome!
I was kind of disappointed that a large railroad
facility like Cheyenne didn't have any rolling stock
on display. Once a year, they have a
community-appreciation day, but that's it. I
was walking around, somewhat disappointed in not
seeing anything full-size, when I ran across this
information about the wooden model. If they
say "Holliday Park" without mentioning the town,
then it must be in THIS town, right? So, I
GPS'd Holliday Park, and it was just a few blocks
As I was leaving the museum, this was in the floor
of the former terminal. Awesome!
Former train terminal. Beautiful!
So, here's the information placard at Holliday Park
And Big Boy at Holliday Park! It's
Out of Wyoming and into Nebraska.
I didn't get any photos of this next event, but it
was a life-changing event, nonetheless. I
stopped at a WalMart in North Platte, Nebraska, and
saw a motorhome with California plates, getting
ready to set up for the night. I drove over
and talked to the driver, who was from
Riverside. He handed me a brochure from a
place further east called "Pioneer Village."
He said it was great. Hmm...never heard of
it. For a second, I thought, "How hokey can
Then I slapped myself and said, "Self, you're on
this trip especially to see these types of places
that locals and fellow travelers recommend.
Just GO!" So, off I went, and stayed the night
in Gothenburg, Nebraska, at a KOA right next to a
river. Lots of water. Did you know
Nebraska has more river miles than any other
state? I think I found them all, and the
mosquitoes that go with them!
Major, huge event tomorrow!
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