Day 6- Beaver City to McCook, 61.36 miles (9-6-17)
Irene met us in the church basement and grabbed Vic. We will steal Vic back in Ogallala in a few days.
When we departed from Beaver City, it was 43 degrees. While it was brisk, there was very little wind, so riding was great on smooth, flat roads.
The afternoon was a bit breezy (headwind again). The roads were smooth, but with very long ups and downs. Pat missed running over a mouse by 6 inches. Ha!
We had a rest stop in Wilsonville (a village in Furnas County, population 91). Three of the long-time residents invited us for coffee at the bank.
Pat and I made it to McCook (county seat of Red Willow County, population 7526) around 4 pm. We found a campsite at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds, with great ammenities, including a (free) shower and bath.
The highlight of the day was spending time this evening with our good friends, Bob and Diane Gaulke, and their extended family.
We had quite the spread for dinner: cheeseburgers, broccoli salad, potato salad, chips & dips, and a super dessert made by Stephanie. Bob’s parents were visiting from Montana… so great to be them! We were happy to see Stephanie and adorable Baby Cecilia. (Bobby could not make it, as he had a golf event.)
We cranked out 61 miles today, getting us to a total of 400 miles thus far on the trip. Elevation at this point is 2800′.
Tomorrow: McCook to Imperial???
Average speed: 10 mph
6 hours, 6 minutes
Trip Mileage- 400 thus far
* Wilsonville was named for Lorenzo Wilson, who was a merchant who established his homestead in the area.
* Denise Haag (Diane Gaulke’s twin sister) added the following:
Gordon (Denise’s husband) knows one of those Wilsonville residents pictured above. This was Gordon’s hometown. They just had their last Wilsonviile Rodeo and parade. Gordon’s mom loved decorating a float or golf cart for that parade! Marilynn Moore was also from Wilsonville. The new Moore Middle School in Lincoln is named after her.
Learn more about Wilsonville
* McCook’s slogan is “The GO-TO City of Southwest Nebraska.”
* The city was named to honor Major General Alexander McDowell McCook, who fought for the Union forces in the Civil War.
* Senator George Norris made his home in McCook from 1899 to 1944.
* McCook’s Sutton House (602 Norris Ave) was built by the internationally renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
Learn more about McCook