Monday morning, we left Scottsbluff in the rear view mirror and headed northwest on US 26. The roads in Nebraska and Iowa were very smooth and well maintained (compared to Illinois) and the speed limits allowed the boring parts of the landscape to move quickly behind us. 75 miles per hour (mph) in Iowa and a very speedy 80 mph was allowed on the rural four lane roads of Wyoming.
“Wait, wait…why are we at the vet?”
“No big deal…relax. We just have to re-fill your HeartGuard meds.”
“WE means YOU. I’ll just stay in the car.”
“Aw, c’mon…everyone here likes to see you, they all know your name, I like showing you off…”
“Mmm…no needles, shots, exams, right?”
“Just the re-fill, and we’re on the road…”
“Hi, Mr. Magic, Magic needs a heartworm test today, it’ll just take a minute…”
“You tricked me, I’ll remember this.”
Hi to my loyal and faithful fans. I was a bit pouty when we hit the road…they drew blood from my right forepaw and I kept holding it up just to make My Dad feel guilty. The roads in Illinois, on I-88 and I-80 were either bumpy or under construction. Our first stop was Wilton, IA where they have the longest continually operating confectioner shop in the United States, pretty exciting, right? I think I saw three people during the 35 minutes we walked the town. Who was eating the candy at this store? What? Oh, the Rock Island Railroad used to stop here. My Dad thinks he went through this town in the early 1960’s on the ROCKY MOUNTAIN ROCKET, a train to Denver, Colorado.
Monday morning, 31 August, we departed Scottsbluff and drove west on U.S. Highway 26. On to the Grand Tetons!
“You’re looking at the map…you have it open to Nebraska…”
“Why are we stopping in Scottsbluff…why don’t we just drive right to the beach…we ARE going to a beach, aren’t we?”
“We have three nights in Scottsbluff because I am teaching at soccer referee clinics for an AYSO region. Don’t worry, you’ll have your own bed…”
“When do we get to the beach…you said the Pacific Ocean, mountains, rain forests, sea gulls to chase, cool temperatures, bye-bye in the car, when do we get there?”
“We are meeting Mary at PDX on Friday morning, we’ll be at the beach Friday afternoon.”
“This is an OFF-LEASH beach…right? You keep telling me I will be OFF-LEASH…”
“Yes, yes, yes…an adventure of a lifetime for a young Border collie. And from Scottsbluff to Portland, we are taking US Route 26, through the Rocky Mountains, small towns, National Forests. You will see Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon. Believe me, you will LOVE this trip!”
“I’m going to miss my dog friends…Brandy, Ellie, Sophie, Olive…”
“Sorta funny that all your friends are female…just sayin’ and you let them eat your food while you just watch…you certainly are the Romeo…don’t forget to tell your followers they can follow our trip on your blog…”
“Hey, all my faithful and loyal followers…follow my trip to Oregon on my blog!”