Reached Valentine early this afternoon.
I came through here on my 2001 Dakota trip and always wanted to come back and spend more time. The Sandhill region of Nebraska is beautiful and the Niobrara River is the jewel in the crown. With a population of under 3000, Valentine is rural, clean, and cozy.
|Valentine National Wildlife Refuge. A birder's paradise.|
It was a long day to get here – over 200 miles. Of course I took scenic State Highway 2 then turned north on 83. And I drove 55 enjoying the scenery even through some late morning drizzle.
|Followed this train for miles and miles.|
|Went through a lot of small towns like this. Litchfield is actually one of the larger ones.|
|Saw a lot of this|
I had an early start to the morning before 6 AM. I awoke up to the sound of the refrigerator clicking on and off. My first guess was that my coach batteries were low. And they were. I realized I had left the DVD/Home Stereo unit on all night. No harm though. The batteries quickly re-charged after running the generator for a half-hour. I decided to just stay up and get any early start. I stopped on the way out of Grand Island at U-Haul to replenish my propane.I was driving through town when I first arrived and noticed that the Comfort Inn has electrical boxes. It looked like 4 RV parking spots to me, so I stopped. The nice lady at the desk said yes – electric, no water hook-up, no wi-fi, $10 per night. So I spent my first $ of the trip on hook-ups. It's a convenient location – 1 block off Main Street.
I had to use my 20 amp adapter. I was wondering if I was ever going to need it.
Early dinner and early bedtime for me tonight. Tomorrow, I head to Ft. Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge to seek out the buffalo!