Ok, so I’m a bit confused. I distinctly remember people over the years saying Iowa is flat. I’ve seen at least two hills. Here is one of them below.
See what I mean? Totally not flat. Lesson learned.
We ended up doing 480 miles in 6 hours , which I think is pretty good since we pretty much stuck to 70mph the whole way. We pushed further than we expected, really because we felt good enough to drive until 10:30p Central, hit a wall at that point.
We were going to stay at a truck stop that has bathrooms and showers, especially when we passed the largest truck stop in the U.S., but we didn’t need it since our wonderful hosts in Temperance, MI blessed us with a shower before we left. Thanks again Warrens!
After much debate of where to stay (closest truck stops called Kum & Go were not appealing to us), we settled at a rest stop in the middle of Iowa, corn fields for miles were the closest ANYTHING. But we did find a point of historic significance in the site.
It was kind of fun camping in the X (short for Excursions), as it has 7.5 feet of room in the back with seats laid down and wide enough for two adults to lay comfortably. It was good enough for our needs.
After a good night sleep of 6 hours, we jumped on the road and got about 30minutes before we both wanted some coffee. After pursuing the food isle, we stuck to coffee and left. But when we turned on the onramp, the entire freeway was stopped dead. Amy was driving and in her infinite wisdom pulled to the side. We checked google maps and saw there was a complete stop for a mile ahead due to a massive accident. I saw a frontage road on the map and point Amy at it. Funny thing, our GPS mapping app didn’t know about the accident and now it was freaking out about us going down this road I had just sent Amy. It kept telling us to turn around, a particularly ominous warning that became more apparent when we were doing 55mph across this 2 lane road and it turned into dirt without warning (we might have gotten some air too, at least that’s what I was thinking. In reality it wasn’t that bad, but a bit unnerving. We kept going about 3 miles on the road and ended back on I-80 missing the traffic completely. News reports continued until 7:30am about the road complete closure, which means if we had been stuck in it, we would be at least 1.5 hours behind, maybe more. Here is a picture of the pileup from our dirt road, hard to see, I know.
And here we are doing 40mph across the dirt road bypass. We joked the truck rides way better on dirt.
If we had not stopped for coffee we definitely would have been stuck in that mess. We had just been praying about a continued smooth ride to get home to the kids and felt very grateful for God’s provision in avoiding that significant delay.
Another point of interest, we passed John Wayne’s birthplace in De Soto, Iowa… they have a water tower.