Hello from Holyoke, CO
Monday evening, August 11, 2014 (Second post of this travelogue)
Holyoke? – there has to be a story about our location. More later.
Yesterday we left Prescott a bit later than we planned (about 2:00PM) and thus decided to take a more leisurely drive home. If we drive the car, we usually go straight through (10-12 hours with a few potty and meal stops). In the bus we drive at 68 MPH (safer and best mileage). At that speed we take two days. This time we are breaking it up so that we are taking 3 days. Last night we stopped in York, NE (at the Wal Mart, of course). Tonight we are in a gravel lot at a huge grain elevator in Holyoke, CO (map).
Our route from Prescott was a bit different from our norm. We decided to avoid all the construction on US 34 (and the possibility of more flat tires) and go north on CR N61 then CR H20 to IA 148. From there we took IA 92 to I 29. That is a lot of back roads, but it was a pretty easy drive.
Holyoke is not on our normal route. I had planned to stop at the rest area in Julesburg, but we were fairly early and I thought there could be an issue with staying too long (many have a 10 hour limit). So, at Ogallala, we took the exit to try to find a place to park for the night. Quickly, the town ended and we were on a two lane with nowhere to turn around. I decided to continue south and then head west when possible. The route took us down NE 61 and then on NE/CO 23. The two lanes were good in some areas and pretty darn rough in others.
Tomorrow we will travel a short distance on US 6 to Sterling where we will dump the tanks at the rest stop and then head home on our normal route. This detour was really not all that far out of the way.
It is kind of nice to drive shorter distances. It is also fun to drive on some of the two lanes and see the small towns.
That is all for now.