On Monday morning July 9. we said goodbye to Keith and Shelley, and drove along the Columbia River to Hood River, where we had breakfast at a delightful Swedish place, Broder Øst.
Then, there was a long drive across Oregon and half of Idaho.
After a good night at an Airbnb an Twin Falls, ID, we ate breakfast in a diner by the depot.
The road the next day was long and filled with trucks, but we reached Boulder in time for dinner and a visit with Catherine and Steve at his elegant and comfortable home.
I wish we’d planned a longer stay in Boulder.
Morning found us saying goodbye to the Flatirons:
and spending the first half of the day on the interstate. By then we had our routine for long days on the road down: a simple breakfast followed by a morning ride listening to recorded books (it’s Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth at the moment, because it’s set in the region we’re moving to), lunch in the downtown of some small town, coffee in the middle of the afternoon, and dinner in another small town.
Coffee in North Platte, Nebraska:
The GPS took us onto the back roads after that, a fine decision. Nebraska is a beautiful, pastoral state. We ate dinner at the Sandstone Grill in Burwell, Nebraska.
Late last night, car covered in dead insects, we arrived at Tom’s mother’s home in Vermillion, SD. Breakfast this morning in the family room:
Tom’s mother, Dorothy, is a force of nature. At 94, she still lives alone at home and runs her own shop, Ot ‘n’ Dots Art, Antiques, and Collectibles.
Tom and I are so pleased that our son, James, flew out from New York to join us here.
Why is David clothed in that picture, you might ask? It’s because we’re in South Dakota.