Sleep Inn & Suites Mount Vernon
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After about a 3 1/2 hour drive from Springfield, I pulled into the small town of West Branch, Iowa. It sits along I-80, about 10 miles south of Iowa City, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes. This is one small town! I went to the Hoover Foundation and purchased our family membership for $50 bucks that will get me ( and Ann in Cal.) in all of the 13 National Archive funded Presidential Library and Museums through reciprocal ...
... spaetzle and vegetables.
There is a Tanger Outlet Mall one exit down the road so we spent some time there too. Getting there was the issue. All the roads are under construction so we had to wait several times. It was nice to spend a leisure day just relaxing. On our way on I-80 we see replacement blades for the wind turbines being transported via truck. they are long and need ...
... weather forecast is not too good as storms are predicted along our path.
Our destination is Amana Colonies in Amana, IA. This is an historic German town that we stopped briefly on our trip to Alaska in 2012. The town closes up at 5:00 pm so we decided to come back and stay a few nights to check it out. More tomorrow on our venture into town.
I have included a short video of what we see as we head down the road. Enjoy.
... After that was the Needles Highway. A winding twisty highway with sharp curves and switchbacks. The problem with rally week is too many bikers, seriously, hundreds, and some of these tunnels are one lane on the top of the hill. So I wish that we could do this on an off week. I took one short side trip and It was worth it because of the lack of riders. OK. I'm done with Sturgis, but have one more day to ...
... The squirrels pop up and stand on their hind legs like a prairie dog. They chirp warnings to each other and at any given time during the day you can see a good dozen within a 50' by 50' area. Looks like a whack-a-mole game board. They chase each other all over, popping in and out of their holes.
They drive Foxy nuts. He tries his best to ...