A mile wide and an inch deep. Unlike the Missouri River, the Platte River is too shallow for boats to navigate. It forms a broad, flat, shallow corridor heading west through Nebraska to the Rockies. I crossed the river today and will follow it from here heading west.
Today was an easy ride and not as long. I followed US 34 with a good shoulder and moderate traffic. There was a cross wind from the north, but not as strong as yesterday. There were no hills. This area definitely is irrigated with corn as the primary crop. I see some agri-business such as a pet food maker.
Sunrise keeps moving slightly later as I head west. I can get breakfast in the motel, though I never know if it will be cereal+muffin or something else. So I also sometimes have some grocery items as well.
The first four miles heading north into a slight head wind had me wonder how strong that would be today.
Now on US 34 and heading west past the airport.
Better picture of one of these pumps. Propane powered and feeding a pipe that either goes along the field at the bottom or to overhead sprinklers
Bradshaw was the first town I passed. My front tire was soft, I pumped it up and it lasted the rest of the ride – perhaps a slow leak.
Welcome to Hampton
Guessing game: watch for wind ?????? on bridge
Pet food factory
I was in Grand Island by noon, so had a slow lunch to avoid showing up too early. Motels are close to a Walmart so I can get some grocery items. From here US 30 follows the Platte west. We have some hot days in the weather forecast but I keep moving to drier areas so that should keep mornings cooler and lower the heat index.