Posted by: fringe62 | March 6, 2013

Maiden Voyage – August 9th

Monday – 8:00 am

Another beautiful day.  Clear and bright.  Most of the trucks are running (for heat).  Ours, only the reefer is running as Heather decided it was good sleeping weather without idling the truck for heat.  I expect we will get underway about 10:00am after a juice and cereal breakfast out of the small refrigerator Heather has in the truck.

Books I’ve read on this trip:  “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier, “The River Home, An Angler’s Exploration” by Jerry Dennis

Crossed into Iowa at 11:00am eastern time.  Lots of corn and beans

Iowa 80 Truckstop - Walcott, Iowa

Iowa 80 Truckstop – Walcott, Iowa

Monday – 4:00 pm

Stopped in Walcott, Iowa for a break and shower etc…  Heather got plastic step covers at The Iowa 80 Truckstop, largest truckstop in the world.  (I needed the step covers for my dog Duke – the steps are metal and have holes in them to let water through so they don’t get icy – the problem is when Duke jumps up into the truck he can catch his toenails in one of the holes and rip it out of his paw – the covers will keep that from happening)

You can find just about anything you need here.  In addition to the regular things like fuel, showers, snacks, mechanics shop, truck wash and more, there is also a doctor, a dentist, you can get a haircut in what looked like a full-service salon, a huge cafeteria and they advertise the largest chrome shop in addition to a huge store.  If you can’t find what you want here then you probably don’t need it.  In addition there’s probably parking for close to 500 trucks.  Heather says on a bad winter day when drivers are trying to get off the road, it’s hard to find a parking space even with all of that room.

Aerial view of the Iowa 80 Truckstop - the size of a small town

Aerial view (facing east) of the Iowa 80 Truckstop – the size of a small town

The land is getting more level and less rolling than western Iowa and Nebraska.  Most crops look good.  Saw some stunted corn in western Iowa.  Heather is going to sleep for awhile, then on to Chicago.  Will try to call Ray/Sally but it’s 25-30  miles to nearest rest or truck stop so probably won’t see them.

7:30 – We left after a nap.  Pulled into next truckstop for fuel.  Started again at 8:20pm.  Illinois after crossing the Mississippi River.

10:15 – Rest stop west of Chicago.  An old man is asleep on the bench in the rest area with a very neat, professionally painted sign that says, “Please – A Ride”.  He has three paper bags with him.  We saw him sitting in the flowerbeds this morning at the rest area where we spent last night.  He is moving right along!

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