May 23, 1997
Location: Lemoyne, Nebraska - Location: 41:16:21N 101:48:46W
Summary: Keystone to Lemoyne
Journal entry: We woke up in the Presbyterian church after a warm dry night. We were quickly packed up and moved out by 6:15 AM, not before we vacuumed our muddy tracks off the floor. We were all grateful for the generosity of the church members to open up their doors to us, and we left a thank-you note behind.
Before the morning meeting started at 6:30, Amy and I made a little announcement: we are engaged to be married. The whole wagon train burst into applause.
The road all day was hilly and deep sand. If we hadn't had a bunch of fresh "recruits" who came to walk for the day, we all would have died from exhaustion. Much of the day we went around lake McConaughy, which is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.
It seems that the Lord is looking out for us, and blesses us with the right weather for the day's journey. For example, today we had deep sand, but the rain from the night before helped to pack the sand down for us. We had overcast skies during our hard pull through the sand, but as soon as we reached camp, the skies cleared and we had sun to dry our tents and wagons.
We are camped on the shore of the lake in a grove of tall trees. There was no entertainment from the local community, so we have gathered up to hear music and singing from the members of the wagon train. One of the favorites is Vernon Condie, an older teamster with a full white beard. He plays his guitar and sings cowboy tunes and yodels. We all love him.