13 October 2014

Across the U.S., Day 7 - Alliance (NE) to Grand Island (NE)

The trip today was extremely meditative: ~ 440 km east along Hwy 2 (Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway), which runs 2/3 the length of Nebraska through gently rolling sand dunes, stabilized by grass.

Attempts to cultivate crops in this area have failed. It is used for cattle ranging instead and of course is home of wild life such as wild turkeys, fox and deer.

Agricultural lecture?

Towards Grand Island, which lies at the eastern terminus of Hwy 2, large corn fields become more and more common. I saw many of these:

 And these:

And of course, also these:

I also noticed this:

Over 86% of the population (according to Wikipedia) is white! This feels really strange, compared to the San Francisco Bay Area. Many people in Nebraska have German ancestors. No wonder that I blend right in, as long as I don't wear my hat and camera. ;-)

No dinner tonight?
After I arrived in Grand Island, I thought Denny's would be a good place for dinner to mingle with some local folks. Well, I don't know whether Denny's was in general the wrong place or whether most people just stayed home for Columbus Day tonight. There was only a handful of people and most of them could well have been travelers like me. Dinner was good nevertheless!

Apple-Cranberry-Chicken Salat, yumm!

More to come.

1 comment:

  1. The majority of the white people obviously didn't find the exit... I love diversity.
    The food however, looks surprisingly healthy. Good find.