Three hours and fifteen minutes is all it takes to get from Lawrence to Omaha. Here I am, assuming the position in the shotgun seat. Never in 31 (almost) years of marriage have we started a road trip with me in the driver's seat. This is unfortunate since I am always most alert - and, thus, a better driver - during the first leg of the trip. Alas, the driving order is tradition. It will likely never change.
Courtyard by Marriott, at the corner of the Old Market district, is half-old/half-new. Our suite is in the old part, which I much prefer. That's a big, old window looking out at a park and other old buildings. Kind of Zen-ny and very comfortable.