Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 6

Aug 07, 2012 View Comments by

Our expedition members were granted an extra hour of sleep by Capt. Parks this day—a most appreciated luxury. There was, however, an incident with a lesser team member that we need to monitor. It seems that Camelback, a small fellow who hitches a ride on Jim’s back and sleeps in the trailer, may have some bladder control issues. As we reloaded the trailer we discovered much of our gear was unusually damp and our suspicions were soon confirmed. It also triggered a recollection that the day before both Jim and Kayla found themselves wondering about a cool trickle as they rode along. We’ll do our best to sympathetically deal with Camelback in the hope this can be overcome. In the meantime our expedition surgeon has prescribed duct tape.

I feel the need to nominate Kayla for an award—Best Conspicuosity—for her vibrant neon shirt. I am unable to name the color but it is clearly burned into my retinas.  Something about the vibrancy of that shirt put a smile on my face all day—thanks Kayla.

The serious part of the day commenced with a visit to the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Trail and Visitor Center, which has some great displays and a repeating audio clip of a grizzly bear roar that will get your attention. Lunch had us in Plattsmouth, NE eating at Mom’s Café. Since there seemed to be several moms working there I can’t be sure we met Mom but the food and service were great. The town’s main street is vibrantly active and in great shape. It is wonderful to see a small town that looks like it is thriving, especially following a six-month long flood last year that permanently altered a new marina-based housing development.

The travel day came to a close with a surprise—a foray into Iowa. I thought we were going to miss it but a visit to WashDaze, over the river from Omaha, came close to being the day’s highlight. While we missed the early bird special (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seriously) we still enjoyed the stimulating environment of watching our clothes go round and round.

Newly washed, we’re ready for another day. And Camelback seems better, thankfully.

Text by Jeff Arpin

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Intro
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 1
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 2
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 3
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 4
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 5
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 7
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 8
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 9
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 10
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 11
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 12
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 13
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 14
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 15
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 16
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 17
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 18
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 19
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 20 
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 21 
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 22 

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