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June 30, 2010

Tuesday, June 29th:  I got an early start this morning and started my eastward  trek on State Hwy 44 at 7:AM.  When we arrived in Audubon, IA we took a detour to Albert Park to see “Albert the Bull”.  They have a very nice bike trail along side the road for about 3 ½ miles that gets you away from the traffic.  A few more miles down the road on Hwy 44 I passed the Missouri-Mississippi Divide at an elevation of 1440 feet.  All waters west of this point run to the Missouri River and all waters east of this point run to the Mississippi River.  In Guthrie Center, IA we decided to take another detour on Hwy 25 south about 28 miles to view “Freedom Rock”.  Beginning in 1999, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen has been painting this rock with “Old Glory” and other artwork honoring our veterans.  Ray re-paints the rock every year with new artwork and you can view his artwork and make purchases at his website, www.thefreedomrock.com.    Before we left we purchased an autographed 2011 calendar that has all his last 12 paintings, one for each month.  Today’s ride was 97 miles of rolling hills with a headwind from the east for most of the ride.  Tomorrow I will ride into Des Moines, IA, where I will meet with my brother.  Until then, Saving Lives One Mile at a Time . . . Wes & Judy       http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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June 29, 2010

Monday, June 28th:  We’re on the road again!!  Judy and I drove out to Blair, NE, where I had previously cycled to last week.  Along the way we stopped in the small town of Dannebrog, NE.  It is the Danish capital of Nebraska.  We stopped in the Danish Baker which is also the visitor center.  We talked with Tom Schroeder, the proprietor, and he gave us a lot of good information about the town including a local author and historian, Roger Welsch, who has a show on cable channel “RFD” called “Postcards from Nebraska”.  When Judy was in college she took some courses taught by Roger Welsch.   Before we left, Tom Schroeder picked up his guitar and said he would play a song he wrote.  It was a song dedicated to our troops about our freedom that is provided by those that serve the country in the Armed Forces.  Tom also gave us a donation for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and we purchased a bag of pastries and thanked him for everything.  The town has a street named for Roger Welsch and a biking and hiking trail  in a local park.  Once we arrived in Blair, it was time for me to get on my bike and start riding again.  It was 6:30 PM before I started my ride.  I crossed over the Missouri River and now I am in Iowa.  I was able to cycle 33 miles before it was too dark to continue.  We will spend the night just west of Portsmouth, IA and try to get an early start tomorrow morning.  Until then . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy     http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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June 27, 2010

Thursday, June 24th:  Last night we picked up Bob & Eileen Griffith, Judy’s brother and his wife, from Kearney Airport.  It is a small airport and the planes that land there are not that big either.  This morning Bob and I went to John and JoEllen Wiese’s and we all drove out to the pastures and did some off-roading and roads less traveled.  There was some exciting maneuvering on some of the paths.  We then went to Oconto for lunch at La Havana, a new Cuban restaurant in town.  Most restaurants in these small towns are down-home style cooking.  A restaurant like this is very unusual for a small town.

Friday, June 25th:  Today I went to the rodeo just outside of town.  They started out with bareback bronc riding.  There was not too many riders in that category.  After that they had calf-roping.   Not all the calves got roped.  Some of them got away.  Then they had saddle bronc riding.  There were a lot of good riders but some of the riders got thrown to the ground.  I then got to watch the steer wrestling.  These cowboys can really throw those steer around.  Later in the evening they had bull riding, but it was too dark for pictures by then.  There was, however, a nice full moon to finish the evening with.  This is the end of my 13th week of cycling with only 23 miles cycled this week.  Too many other activities going on.  The total mileage for 13 weeks of cycling is now 3988 miles of my 10,000 mile bicycle ride around the United States for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Saturday, June 26th:  This morning I had to get up early for a 5-K Fun Run in town.  I haven’t done any running for almost 2 years, but I came in 3rd for my age group (50 and above) and finished 12th out of 23 runners.  After the run they had a parade.  It is not your typical big city parade, but then this is a town of only about 500 people.  I could sit and watch the parade from the porch of Judy’s family house.  You can see Judy on one of the floats.  She is holding a blue umbrella and is riding with all her classmates from her graduating class of 1960.  Here they still throw candy out to the kids watching the parade.  They had some horse riders following the parade dressed in various unique attire.  I thought the miniature horses were particularly cute.  There was only one thing left after the horses.  After the parade they had festivities at the local park for the kids.  They had a home-made choo-choo train that was continuously full of kids.  They had a put-together miniature golf course, inflatable bouncers, dunk tank, and food concessions.  In the afternoon, for the adults, they had mud drag competition.  Later that evening they had the Alumni Dinner and celebrated the honor graduating years.  There was a dance in the evening, but by then it was getting late and I was feeling my legs from the run this morning.

Sunday, June 27th:  Today is scheduled a Hay Ride to Woodward Homestead, a local ranch established in 1919 where we had breakfast.  The ride took us almost an hour over some pretty rough trails to get there.  There were also quite a few people who rode their horses to the breakfast.  Judging by the number of people showing up, it is a pretty popular event.  The ride is free and once you get there you pay $5.00 for eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, juice and cowboy coffee.  At the ranch they had a sod house that was their original home.  They also have a building with a lot of old antiques on display.  In the afternoon they had toad and turtle races with real toads and turtles.  They also had rubber duck races.  Not quite as exciting as the toads and turtles.  Tomorrow we will leave Callaway and drive to Blair, NE where I will continue my 10,000 mile bicycle ride around the United States for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  So until then, Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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June 23, 2010

Wednesday, June 23rd:  On Monday we left Blair, NE on our return trip to Callaway for all the festivities.  On the way back we stopped at Gottberg Bewery and Pub in Columbus, NE and picked up a jug of their famous root beer and a jug of pale ale that we will take with us to Judy’s reunion.  We then drove to Duncan, NE where they make Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing.  We were hoping to take a tour of the facilities, but they like to keep their facilities a closely guarded secret.  We did, however, get a chance to talk with Gary and Willie who gave us some insight on their business and also a free bottle of their regular and fat-free salad dressing.  From there we drove to Grand Island and met with Don and Jolynn Scholz at Red Lobster for dinner.  We stayed there for such a long time sharing conversation that we had 2 different waitresses, Sarah and Jennie.  Both waitresses were very friendly and helpful.  Jolynn and Judy both taught grade school together at the same school.  It was late when we left Grand Island and for many miles we saw what looked like millions of fire flies all along the side of the highway.  I don’t know how many hundreds of those fire flies ended up on our windshield and the front of our motorhome.  We didn’t get back to Callaway until almost midnight.  Tuesday we just stayed inside and caught up on our laundry and other chores.  This morning, after breakfast a Jo’s Cafe, we drove to Kearney so that Judy could get a manicure and pedicure and look nice for her alumni.  While she was getting that done, I found a bike shop, “The Bike Shed” at 1800 2nd Ave in Kearney, NE where I purchased another spare bicycle tire and bicycle chain from a very helpful girl by the name of Crystal.  We will be going to the airport here in Kearney to pick up Judy’s brother, Bob and his wife Eileen.  Don’t know if I will get very many more miles in by this weekend, but you can bet if I get the chance I will get out there.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com  

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June 21, 2010

Sunday, June 20th:  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.  Today Bob and Janet took us on a tour of Blaire, NE.  The Woodhouse car dealer distribution center in town has thousands of cars parked all along the hillside.  We went to visit the DeSoto Wildlife Sanctuary in Missouri Valley, Iowa.  They had a lot of wildlife displays and a large display of the cargo from a sunken steamship, the “Bertrand” that sank in 1865 and was discovered in 1968.  You could see the Missouri River from large viewing windows.   The river level was very high due to recent heavy rains.  Before returning to their house we could see a lot of storm clouds.  Hope they don’t bring any heavy storms.  Janet is getting ready for a 5-day ride around Nebraska next week and asked me to help her learn how to fix a flat tire.  As she brought her bicycle out of the bedroom, Judy about fell on the floor laughing.  It’s obvious Judy is not a bicyclist at heart.  She just doesn’t understand.  Tomorrow Judy and I will drive back to Callaway for all the celebrations of her high school alumni, pioneer picnic, and the 125th birthday of the town of Callaway.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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June 20, 2010

Saturday, June 19th:  Left this morning for my ride to Blaire, NE.  Along the way we passed some fields and fairgrounds that are flooded from the recent storms.  That red van is completely surrounded by water.  I don’t think it is going anywhere anytime soon.  Shortly afterwards I arrived in Arlington and met up with Janet & Bob Wallace from Blair, who are members of my bicycle club, SCOR (www.scorccc.com) and Sharlyn Scheer from Arlington.  Janet biked and Bob drove from Blaire to meet me in Arlington.  Janet, Sharlyn and I biked toward Blaire as Bob and Judy drove.  After 15 miles, Sharlyn turned back home to Arlington as Janet and I continued our ride.  After 23 miles of cycling, Janet and I met up with Bob and Judy in Blaire, NE.  We had lunch at Subway and spent the rest of the day at their home.  They have a nice home with 11 acres of land.  There is only one way into a driveway that leads to their home.  They have a small dog, a cat, ducks, chickens, and two miniature donkeys.  They grow alfalfa on their land, some of which feeds their donkeys.  We had a lot of fun talking about biking adventures and had a jam session with Janet playing guitar, Judy playing keyboard and Bob playing harmonica.  We will be spending the night here and see what tomorrow brings.  So . . . Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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June 19, 2010

Friday, June 18th:  Yesterday, we continued our visit with Judy’s college friends until after lunch.  Judy has some more friends that live here in Fremont, NE.  They invited us over to visit with them until Saturday Morning.  We had a very nice visit with them and they made us feel right at home.  They are, from left to right:  Jacob, Julie, Gene, Jackson and Judy.  Julie and Gene both attended high school with Judy’s son, Jamie. 

 Today we went to a concert in the park and listened to a group called “Fremont Pathfinder Chorus.”  They sing in a barbershop quartet style.  They will be going to Philadelphia in July to compete at the 2010 Barbershop International Chorus Competition.  They are the first Nebraska based chorus to qualify for International competition.  This week I cycled 228 miles giving me a total of 3,965 miles of cycling in twelve weeks.  Tomorrow morning begins my 13th week of cycling as I ride to Blaire, NE.  I will be meeting up with members of my bicycle club along the way.  Until then . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 16th:  This morning we went to the Glass House in Fremont, NE where Brad had tinting re-applied to our new windshield.  It was a lot of fun talking with him about our adventure and the common interest we had in our military history.  We then went over to International Truck Service, where Mike changed the oil, installed a new air filter, replace a tension pulley that was squeaking and topped off the hydraulic fluid of the motorhome.  Also talked with Marge who works at International and was very interested in our adventure.  After that was done we met up with some of Judy’s college friends.  In the picture they are, from left to right:  Kathy, Bob, Carol, Norma, Alice, Bob, Judy and myself.  We met for lunch, dinner, nonstop reminiscing and laughter.  We will meet with them again tomorrow for more of the same.  Until then, still Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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June 15, 2010

Tuesday, June 15th:  This morning Judy and I drove to the Gottberg Brewery Pub in Columbus, NE.  That is where they make a local root beer that I had on tap when we went to Skeeter Barnes for dinner last night in Kearney.  Jeremy, the Brewmaster, gave us a tour of the facilities and showed us how he made the root beer and the brewing process for the many diiferent beers they make.  They also make a red cream soda that is very good.  After the tour we sampled the root beer, cream soda and a couple of the beers on tap.  On our return trip to Callaway, we plan to stop by again and pick up some root beer and beer (if Judy lets me) to have at her reunion celebration.  Gottberg Brew Pub is located at 2804 13th St in Columbus, NE.  Find out more by going to their website at www.dustersrestaurant.com.  After our visit I started my bike ride at 11:00 AM.  At 1:30 PM I had cycled 44 miles and arrived in Fremont, NE.  After I caught up with Judy, she asked Angie, a local lady, about where to find different places around town.  Not only was she able to give us directions, she even had a phone book with her to look up addresses and phone numbers.  We will be staying in Fremont for a few days.  The motorhome is due for an oil change and we need to add window tinting to the replaced windshield.  Judy also has some friends meeting her in Fremont.  This weekend we plan on my cycling to Blaire, NE to meet with Janet and Bob Wallace, who are members of my cycling club, SCOR Cardiac Cyclists ( www.scorccc.com ).  At the present time some of the roads are closed due to flooding.  Hopefully, the floods will recede before this weekend.  On my way there I may meet up and ride with a local bike club, the Omaha Pedalers.  Until then . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy       http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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June 15, 2010

Monday, June 14th:  Happy Flag Day!  Judy gave me a headstart this morning.  I will be meeting her in Grand Island, NE where she will get the windshield replaced on her RV.  On the way to Grand Island I passed some more corn fields and yes, they are still getting taller.  I am travelling on Hwy 30 today, also known as the Lincoln Highway.  Judy passed me along the way, and when I caught up with her in Grand Island, they were still installing the windshield.  I hung around a little bit, then paid the deductible for the bill and continued on my ride.  Judy passed me up again and when I caught up with her this time she had PB&J ready for me.  Today’s ride was very cloudy, and looked a lot like rain, but other than a few drops on my glasses, I never got wet.  My ride finished at Walmart in Columbus, NE giving a total cycling distance of 114 miles for the day.  My next ride will take me to Fremont, where we will spend a few days with some of Judy’s friends.  Until then . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com