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Adventure #8: after sundown on Highway 71

August 12, 2012

It was so fun having my mom and aunt here to visit from Minnesota. We had a series of adventures, including Adventure #8, which occurred just after sundown on northbound Highway 71 somewhere between Kimball and Gering shortly after a law enforcement vehicle whizzed past us at top speed.

(Sorry for the blurry pictures. I was taking them from the back seat of a moving car with no flash  at dusk.)

As we approached the scene, we could see the emergency lights flashing at the left shoulder of the road, and a car or two parked on the right shoulder of the road. When we were nearly on top of her we could see a woman frantically waving her arms at us. (Not too bright, lady – good way to get yourself splatted.)

Was it an accident?

No. (Not yet anyway.)

It was . . .


There were about 50 goats tripping along the highway, fleeing the vehicles that were building up behind them. A woman was capturing the scene with a camera, and a man appeared to be confusedly following after them. The man scooped up one of the smaller goats in his arms and carried it as he followed after the goats, not seeming to know in what direction to go.

We pulled off to the right shoulder for a bit, to see if having our “chase vehicle” out of the equation would do any good, but the cars behind us just pushed on through. The herd started to drift towards oncoming traffic. The emergency vehicle drove off and repositioned to the south of the mess, to warn northbound traffic.

Eventually we got behind a pickup truck that drove on the left shoulder to herd the goats away from the southbound lanes, passed the runaway critters, and got the heck away from the scene.

Hopefully, the law enforcement officer was on the radio to get help, and the goats got back home safely without causing a wreck.

Keep an eye peeled while traveling those rural Nebraska highways, y’all.

You just never know what you might encounter.

Copyright 2012 by Katie Bradshaw

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen permalink
    August 12, 2012 3:12 pm

    That would have been a sight to see! When Jill and I went to Colorado last week there was a herd of cows out.

  2. Erin permalink
    August 12, 2012 3:58 pm

    that goats-in-motion shot at the end is really cool! 🙂


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