We leave Woodbine about 3 o’clock, grabbing a quick shot on our way out of town of the replica of the Statue of Liberty in front of the Carnegie Library. Several people had mentioned it.
We also stop at the western edge of town where Woodbine’s Lincoln Way reconnects with Route 30. We want to show how you have to turn off 30 to get in to see the glories of Woodbine, and the intersection’s so busy it’s amazing! Cars and trucks, road maintenance vehicles, two long Union Pacific trains, sprayers (farm vehicles that look like four-wheeled high-riding robot vehicles from some sci-fi futurist film.) We stand beside the road not far from Walker’s Service Station and Mr Walker walks over to chat with us. He remembers that we had stopped and taken a picture of his WORMS sign last year.
He told me that the sign had blown away in the recent bad storms, the night the four boy scouts were killed by the tornado. (Everybody around here seems to call that storm the “Little Sioux Tornado.”) But Mr Walker figured the sign must have flown across the street into the small field beside Route 30. He walked around in the tall grass till he found it. Now he’s keeping the WORMS sign inside the garage.
The whole time we’re talking, there’s white fluffy stuff blowing around in the air. Cotton puffs from the big cottonwood tree behind the service station. It’s like snow, swirling all around at times. It adds to the wackiness and chaotic energy that seem to be everywhere at this odd bend in the highway, this intersection where the old road meets Route 30.