Kearnie, Nebraska to Columbia, Missouri

Friday, November 3, 2014

We got off to a late start after I added DEF (diesel exhaust fluid, keeps the exhaust from smoking) to the truck, and put air in a couple of tires. Back on I80, we drove through Lincoln. Outside Omaha City we dropped down to I70 via I29, which is also a pretty drive. By lunchtime we pulled into Squaw Creek National Wildlife Preserve and ate sandwiches. It has been renamed Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Preserve, since squaw is a derogatory term. We started to take the 10-mile drive around it. I could see ducks going everywhere, and it would be a field day for a photographer on an overcast, cool day, but the road was a dusty gravel road. I didn’t want to fill the Airstream with dust again. I could have unhooked, but I could have easily spent the rest of the day shooting ducks with a camera. It’s a very cool area that I would love to return to, but Martha Jean had the homeward look in her eye.





Driving through Kansas City was a bit harried on a Friday afternoon. Frantic drivers were anxious to get the weekend started. Leaving proper stopping distance between us and the car in front just makes a void for drivers to pass through, but you just have to do it and be patient. Thankfully out of the city and on our way to the next, St. Louis, we were on I70. We noticed signs for the Katy Trail. From, “The Katy Trail is a 237 mile (386 km) trail stretching across most of the state of Missouri.  (Use this link if you’re looking for the Dallas Katy Trail).  Over half of it follows Lewis and Clark’s path up the Missouri River, where you can ride beneath towering river bluffs while eagles circle overhead.  After leaving the river, the trail meanders through peaceful farmland and small-town Americana.

America’s longest “rails-to-trail” project, formerly the MKT rail line, is flat and scenic.  It’s ideal for hiking, running, or cycling on just about any kind of bike.  Horseback riding is also allowed on a 35 mile section of the trail, from Sedalia to Clinton.  Also, the Katy Trail’s Tebbetts-Portland section now allows equestrian use.” Reading up on it, this would be a fun ride, all flat and along the Missouri River. I’d love to do it!

We also passed Warm Springs Ranch, where Budwiser’s Clydesdales live. By the time we got to Columbia, Missouri, we had done 450 miles. We stayed at Cottonwood RV Park, where I stayed on my way out. This is an excellent travel facility with nice staff, restrooms, laundry and a pool. It was completely filled since the University of Missouri was playing Florida. They won the game 45-16, so they must have been thrilled.


  6 comments for “Kearnie, Nebraska to Columbia, Missouri

  1. Sara Oneilly
    November 8, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Please don’t go home yet! You must have missed a bit !!! Love reading your blog and seeing all your pictures. How long have you been away from home, is it 5 months?

  2. sara oneilly
    November 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    You should put up a map on your blog with your route taken marked in red, so we can all see how far you have driven, this is amazing

    • November 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      I have been on the road for 4 months, leaving the 5th of July, and I could certainly keep going. I love traveling with the Airstream. I love exploring new places and meeting nice people. Hopefully, we can get back out in February, and maybe go to Florida. Martha wants to stay closer to home next summer. We’ll see how the cookie crumbles. Cheers for coming along for the ride Sarah!

    • November 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Good idea. I’ll work on that.

  3. Jane-Ashley Skinner
    November 9, 2017 at 9:20 am
  4. November 9, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks for another great recommendation. I just ordered it. Now if I can just catch up enough to sit down and read!

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