LINCOLN, Nebraska's capitol city, has been my goal for some time because it marks the final leg of my journey across the state. Of the 1600 miles I've traveled so far, nearly 400 miles have been crossing Nebraska. So it's a personal sign of significant progress -- and I'm glad to have it behind me!
For days I've passed extensive fields of corn, tall and ripe for harvest -- an important part of the state's agricultural economy. Nebraskan corn is grown mainly for feeding livestock, ethanol production, and making distillers grain. My favorite form of corn (on the cob at meals or popped at the movies) is further down their production list. Still, Nebraska prides itself as the Cornhusker State with 9 million acres of farmland that produce two billion bushels of corn annually. It certainly helps that Nebraska sits on a huge subterranian water aquifer and has more miles of rivers than any other state. All that water makes for abundantly productive crops and farmlands.
Approaching Lincoln you can't miss noticing in the distance the lone skyscraper that soars above the city skyline. It's the Capitol building, home to the entire state administration including the Governor, courts, and unicameral legislature all "under one roof." A very efficient way to organize the government branches.
And perched on top of the capitol dome is a figure of a farmer sowing seeds, emphasizing the importance of agriculture while hopefully inspiring the building's occupants to sow good laws for the good of its citizens.
Lincoln is also home to the University of Nebraska, its main campus and athletic stadium where football is king. They've won 46 Big Ten conference championships and five national championships...for those who are counting. The University's Memorial Stadium has sold out every game for 50+ years since 1962. That's 92,000 excited and dedicated fans attending every home game, which is more people than live in any Nebraskan city except Omaha and Lincoln. Unbelievable! So where do they all come from?
Week 21, 1650 Miles, Weather 69F☀️