Qué hay en el Midwest? Zooming through the midwest

Nebraska, Iowa y Wisconsin
26 al 28 de Agosto, 2011

Después de varios días bien relajados haciendo camping en uno de los parques más lindos de Colorado, y posiblemente de todo USA, arrancamos el largo camino a casa. Por la ruta 80 cruzamos todo Nebraska, pasando por varios feed-lots (lugares donde tienen a cientos de vacas hacinadas, con un olor asqueroso, casi sin moverse), y muchos campos con maíz (pareciera que es el único cultivo en estas tierras). Manejamos un día entero casi, pasando por el rancho de Buffalo Bill Coby (un cowboy que se dedicó a matar a cientos de búfalos a mediados del siglo XIX, y así se hizo famoso), y por North Platte- el punto medio entre California y la costa Este donde se instaló la Union Pacific para controlar el lugar de mayor cantidad de trenes que cruzan el país-asique estábamos bastante cansados a la noche. Al día siguiente llegamos a Omaha, donde visitamos el Zoo. Muy bien armado, con muchísimas especies exóticas, desiertos, selvas, acuarios, una exposición de animales de Madagascar, y muchísimos gorilas. Los chicos lo pasaron increíble. De ahí seguimos un poco más de ruta cruzando Iowa, donde paramos ya de noche a descansar. Una vez que atravesamos Iowa (más y más campos con mucho maíz), llegamos a Wisconsin. Ahí visitamos una fábrica de quesos, los degustamos e hicimos un mini picnic. Después de almorzar, nos fuimos directo hacia Madison.

Zooming through the midwest

After deep relaxation at beautiful Rocky Mountains we were ready to tackle the long trip home. We drove through Nebraska for hours on highway 80 passing millions and millions of corn plantations and a few feedlots. Almost at the end of the trip a first: the feedlots managed to defeat the ventilation system in our car. We could smell cow even with the system in recirculation, or maybe the smell managed to squeeze through some minuscule gaps. We choked for a few minutes after stupidly opening the window to take a picture. We found it hard to believe anyone can work at these places and think the operations are controlled remotely.
We stopped by Buffalo Bill’s ranch and in North Platte, a town close to the mid-point between the two coasts, where a huge Union Pacific train depot operates. Cars are sorted and assembled onto trains that can have over 100 cars. We spent a while at the observation tower although M and T spent most of the time playing with the toy trains they found.
The following day, after getting some investing tips from Warren Buffett, we spent most of the day at the Omaha Zoo that has an impressive number and variety of animals. We continued driving past Iowa cornfields and ended up sleeping next to a jail (at a hotel). In Wisconsin we saw how cheese is made at a ‘small’ factory and headed to Madison for the night.
Not that much to see on the road but not so bad either.

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