TRAN 2012 REVIEW
Day One: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Wonderful weather on a cloudless day with a slight breeze produced a great first segment of the Tractor Relay Across Nebraska. It's 29 tractors drivers that drove the 43.5 mile route from Plattsmouth to Waverly today all indicated that they had a good ride.
The initial segment of this inaugural event was coordinated by the Elkhorn Valley Antique Power Assn. and the Mid-States Antique Tractor Club. This ride had three rest stops built-in along the route with no one drive longer than 13 miles.
A combined hour-long lunch break and IH collection visit drew raves from the drivers. All in all, it was a day that will be hard to beat!.
Day Two: Sunday, June 3, 2012
Riders initially set a 13 mph speed limit for the journey, but according to Klepper, they hardly ever reach it. Cruise speeds rarely soar past 10 mph, and even then, some riders have trouble keeping up. “We slow up so everybody just stays together,” said Klepper, who joined the group of 30 in Seward on a green and yellow 1952 John Deere A before continuing to York. “It’s fun just driving, and when you’re going slow, you really get to see the country.” -- Courtesy of Lincoln Journal Star
Day Three: Monday, June 4, 2012
Nebraska Antique Farming has prepared commemorative letters that can be purchased and mailed with the Tractor Express. The letters will be carried on a trailer behind one of the tractors and will be mailed US mail from Lyman at the close of the Relay. Purchase yours from any Segment Leader as the Relay passes through your area. The price is only $5 each and will make a nice souvenir.
Day Four: Tuesday, June 5, 2012
No report from this day.
Day Five: Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Another Beautiful day on the Relay,Gary Metzger, segment leader, and cohort Joe Gangwish reported in by phone to KRVN that the Relay was progressing on schedule. Gary did have a flat tire on his tractor at the close of the day but that was soon fixed
Day Six: Thursday, June 7, 2012
Breakfast at 100th Meridian Museum at 8 AM for a 9 AM start. Mid-morning rolled into Ehmen Park in Gothenburg where the tractors were parked on 15th Street.
Lunch was fried chicken in Brady at noon. The day was a little cooler than the last few and a very enjoyable day to be out and about. The only mishap was a failed coil and that was quickly remedied with a new part from Miller Repair.
Day Seven: Friday, June 8, 2012
TRAN Left The Heritage Museum in North Platte at 9:00 AM after a fine breakfast of Biscuits and gravy prepared by Bob Loghry From Plains Equipment Co. in North Platte.
The Relay detoured around some road construction west of North Platte. After a nice drive up the Platte Valley and at noon having a fantastic dinner at Ole's we arrived in Ogallala at approximately 3:00 PM
Day Eight: Saturday, June 9, 2012
Traveled Highway 26 alongside Lake McConaughy, was at Ash Hollow State Park at 12 Noon. Tractors were allowed in the park without a permit. We were in Oshkosh approximately 2:30 PM, Lisco approximately 5:00 PM and had dinner with the community at 6:00 PM
Day Nine: Sunday, June 10, 2012
Rolls and Coffee served at 6 AM at Ron Shearer residence. The participants meet the TRAN at Bridgeport at the Cenex gas station & started west @ 9:00. Chimney Rock & Scottsbluff from the tractor seat! 80 miles scheduled and some of the most spectacular scenery in the State. What a ride!
Tractor Relay Across Nebraska is now in the history books. Nine Day Event traversing the entire State from east to west Nearly 200 tractors and drivers in relay fashion concluded the run Sunday with the last group parading 3 tractors wide though Lyman out to the Wyoming state line, then had the 3 beautiful IH 06's lead us back to Lyman where they served drinks and great pulled pork sandwiches