Look, there’s a cornfield.
Oh, there goes another one.
How many cornfields could there possibly be?
Do we really need this much corn?
I also drove the Gypsy Hauler for the first time too! I was surprised at how not scary it was to drive nearly 60 feet of vehicle!
And with cornfields, comes great responsibility. The responsibility to wear a cornhusk on your head while running around a gas station parking lot yelling “Go Big Red!”
But, before we could even make it to Nebraska, we had to travel through Iowa and Kansas. Guess what we had to replace? The other tires. All of them. We purchased a total of 5 tires in 4 days to start the trip. Two different technicians told us they believed the tires were faulty. A piece inside completely stripped out just like the first one. After spending 3 hours at a truck stop in Iowa, we were finally on the road again (cue the Willie Nelson soundtrack).
We didn’t make it too far before crossing the Nebraska state line, home of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Welcome Center. We try to stop at most of the welcome centers and this is one of the most unique ones I’ve ever seen. With interactive displays and replicas of items that would have been found on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the welcome center was both interactive and educational.
One of our stops in Nebraska was a little town called Gothenburg, home of one of the original Pony Express Stations. We had to make a slight detour off the interstate to get there, but it was well worth it. While this is not the original location of the building, the building itself was a Pony Express stop. It used to be 2 stories tall, but as the years went on and the building deteriorated, they moved just the top portion to this new location for restoration. Many artifacts from the Pony Express era are located in the building including this entertaining job advertisement poster.
The other stop was a highlight for me. I found this place online one day on RoadsideAmerica.com (an awesome website for random, kitschy tourist stops across America).
Behold the glory of Carhenge. This stop is a complete gem. It is a complete replica of Stonehenge built out of cars. And only American cars are allowed. There’s a graveyard in the back for a few cars that were non-American made. These cars were taken to their death and received a gravestone, but not until one of them was paraded through the town in a funeral procession first.
For my RV friends out there – here’s a review of Grand Island KOA in Nebraska. While we only stayed here for one night, it is definitely a nice little area I wouldn’t mind coming back to. It doesn’t seem like there is much to do in the area and we were simply passing through so I can’t speak to the surrounding activities. We pulled in at 8:00pm and left the next morning around 6:00am. We pulled in just in time to order a pizza with campsite delivery service – definitely a plus! I wasn’t actually able to enjoy the pizza as there are no gluten free options, but my parents definitely benefited from this park amenity. This was a huge plus as there is not much around the park other than cornfields.
There were 2 shower areas, but I was only able to make my way to one because we were there so briefly. The shower had the best water pressure I’ve ever had at an RV park and the water was so hot I couldn’t turn the heat all the way up! The showerhead was even adjustable with different massage levels. This was probably one of the best bathhouse shower facilities I’ve ever seen.
For those with kids or dogs, there is a pet walk area and a playground for the kids. As well as pool for everyone. It was gorgeous at night as the sunset over the cornfields and the lightning bugs came to life. They danced everywhere through the night. I ended up not getting much sleep as I stayed up way too late watching the lightning bugs chase each other around.
The staff was incredibly friendly and provided a golf cart escort to our site to ensure we fit properly and had the proper placement on our site. They even made sure to take our pizza order before we drove our camper to our site as we arrived right before the pizza shop was closing. They made sure to let us know that before even getting us checked in.
All in all, Grand Island KOA is a nice RV park for passing through Nebraska or for a nice peaceful getaway. I would return to this campground for some relaxing time in the country.
Oh, and we’ve never seen a water hook up like the above before. (Update: apparently, it is a mid-West thing as our next campground had this kind of water hookup, too.)