Shana, our 1958 Shasta Airflyte Deluxe, needed some repair and interior design before embarking on a 6,600 mile trip cross country. Her driver side wall had shifted off the trailer base and was slowly sagging, so using two jacks we lifted the wall back into place and sent three bolts from the exterior wall through 2×4 wood underneath the trailer. We hung a few pieces of artwork, a mirror and a scratch off map of the United States from Newverest and added new matching pillows and bedding to make our upcoming trips a lot more homely and comfortable.
We broke up our drive to Gering, Nebraska into two days of driving with an overnight stay in Springfield, Missouri. On the way we passed through the big cities of Memphis and Kansas City. Hours into our drive through the plains of Nebraska we passed under a massive overhead covered bridge in Kearney, Nebraska. It was The Archway and we took it as an opportunity to try Nebraska’s famous aptly-named fast food chain, Runza. We got a sack from Runza including shakes, fries and their famous beef and cabbage sandwich and determined while the quality for cost was pretty good it would be the one time we visited the chain. Twenty three hours of driving after our original departure and we arrived in the evening at Robidoux RV Park in Gering, Nebraska.
Robidoux RV Park is a city park in Gering, Nebraska that is 3 miles from Scotts Bluff National Park. Campsites are level pavement with electrical hookup and picnic tables. None have fire rings as fires are prohibited. Normally, there is a community bathroom, but that was closed on this trip due to Covid-19 social distancing. A main office provides wifi access that is broadcast over most of the campsites, information and supplies for sale. There is a large irrigated field in the center of the campground that is a great place to play and there is a large modern playground between the campground and the amphitheater to the west.
The original Oregon Trail is within walking distance of the campground and Scotts Bluff National Park offers the opportunity to walk on the old dusty trail where thousands of covered wagons searched for the promise of opportunity generations ago. The three cities of Gering, Scotts Bluff and Terrytown have ample provisions for being small Nebraska towns. Gas, grocery and dining options are available. There is a theater and even a semi-pro baseball team competing in a wooden bat league called the Pioneers. Both were closed due to Covid-19 although the theater promoted a drive-in theater.