Flying J: North Platte, Nebraska Review Flying J: North Platte, Nebraska Review
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When I decided to do reviews on this site, I’d first thought I wouldn’t include any of the large, corporate trucks stops. Well, I... Flying J: North Platte, Nebraska Review

Flying J: North Platte, Nebraska Review
2.5 Overall
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Pros

Convenient Location
Friendly Staff
Easy On-Off Freeway

Cons

Not Enough Parking Spaces
Waiting To Fuel
Lot Hard to Get Through
Dirty Showers, Restrooms
Horrible Food

Review Summary

At the time of this review, you can't expect much from this location. I typically keep driving to the next place unless the weather is horrible or I'm out of hours.

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When I decided to do reviews on this site, I’d first thought I wouldn’t include any of the large, corporate trucks stops. Well, I thought again.

Nebraska is one of those states that takes a good half day to traverse. If you can get through the state on a day with NO wind, check to make sure hell hasn’t frozen over, too! Bad weather – icy roads and truck-tipping winds are common in the Corn Husker state. Truck stops are spaced out every half hour or so along Interstate 80 and a little over an hour east of the Colorado border, we run through North Platte.

I’ve stayed at the Flying J, located just south of the I-80 exit 179 in North Platte a few times and fueled there a lot more than that. Aside from the wind (and doggone cold in the winter), there are things about this particular “J” I’m not thrilled about.

Parking

Flying J claims to have 123 parking spaces in North Platte. Personally, I get there early if I absolutely have to stay overnight, so I haven’t had trouble getting a spot. Unfortunately, like many places this size, it fills up fast once the sun goes down and late-night stragglers end up parking in places around the edges of the lot, making it hard to navigate out of early in the morning.

Spaces are straight-in, like most of the J-stores. While paved, the pavement has plenty of potholes. The lot isn’t well lit and paint markings are old as of this writing. Overall, it’s usually pretty dirty.

Fueling

There are 10 big truck fuel lanes here, all with DEF. However, they usually don’t all seem to be open and you’ll usually have problems finding a squeegee (that isn’t broken) & clean, unfrozen water for cleaning your windshield.

Restrooms

On the small side of average-sized restrooms in the drivers’ area near the showers, but there are a couple others by the Denny’s entrance. Don’t expect anything stellar here.

Showers

I’ve showered here a couple times. Both times, the floors were dirty but at least it seems they’ve remodeled in the last year or so. There are 9 showers and unless you wait until rush hour, you can usually get one without a wait.

Food

You’ll find the typical truck stop fare of greasy pizza, shrink-wrapped burgers, etc., but there’s also a Denny’s here. I’ve eaten at this Denny’s, but thought I might fall asleep waiting for service. It is pretty slow…even for a truck stop Denny’s.

Staff

The staff is nice enough. Though, often it seems there’s not enough staff to man the registers when things get busy. Apparently, I’m not the only driver who stops to fuel when I do. Actually, even when I pass by this truck stop, I can glance over from the freeway and see they’re usually pretty busy. Overall, the folks who I’ve dealt with have been friendly enough here.

In a Nutshell…

I’d love to leave 3 stars but just can’t at this time. It’s only due to the staff being friendly as they are & that I could find one unclogged toilet in the men’s room that I left 2 stars. It’s easy to get to the truck stop & no harder to get out of and back on the interstate.

The North Platte, Nebraska Flying J store is smaller than the Bosselman’s located 72 miles to the west, in Big Springs, and not nearly as clean or easy to park in as some of the other truck stops along I-80 in the state. I promise that if things improve at this location after this review is first published, I’ll update the review.

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