our way from Greeley to Wisconsin to visit with Steve and Joy, we
passed through Nebraska and Iowa. Stayed a few days at Lake
McConnaughy, the largest lake in Nebraska.
lake was low, and there were RVs parked on the beach right near the
water, so we decided to take the truck down onto the sand. Big
mistake. It turns out a dually is no good in the sand, too heavy.
4-wheel drive makes it even worse, as it adds even more weight. We
got stuck. Tried to dig ourselves out, and Vicki strained her
rotator cuff, and I strained my back, and we had to get towed out.
It turns out the guy who towed us, who had a monster tractor with
8-foot diameter tires, also tows the RVs down to the lake and back
up, because you can't do it with a normal truck.
we checked the air in the tires, which we do all the time because
they told us in boot camp it was very important. We couldn't get to
the air valves on the rear wheels, and were thinking that during the
struggles in the sand something must have slipped in the wheels. So
we went to the GMC dealer in Ogallalla, who said he had never worked
on a dually before, so we'd better go to the tire place across the
street. The tire guy was also stumped at first, but when he took the
wheels off he saw that the GMC dealer in Greeley had put them on
wrong. There are holes in the wheels and the wheel cover that have
to line up so that you can get to the air valves. Apparently that
was such a stupid mistake that nobody had ever done it before. And
we wonder why they went bankrupt.
the Lake, we stopped at Gothenburg, which is an historic Pony Express
site. I was supposed to get a free round of golf there for my
birthday, but because my back was out I didn't get to go. The park
had a covered bridge
highlight of Nebraska was our visit to Ed and Edda, my friends from
Connecticut. Edda cooked one of her famous meals for us, and we
spent a nice evening together.
did stop overnight in Iowa, but the only pictures we got were some