Sleep Inn & Suites Mount Vernon
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
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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 ...
... so met our needs nicely. And the malted vanilla milkshake and chilidog were superb.
Then we motored on out west through the farmlands of northern Illinois. Wide open expanses of fields, all full of crops nearly ready for harvest. This is a land where the crop is the king. Barely an animal or a hint of industry to be seen. Barely an undulation or a bend in the road to complicate our ride, and only the occasional tree to break up ...
... 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.
First whole day at the Rally in Sturgis. What a busy day! Up at dawn. Hot water, good deal. Love it when the days starts reasonable. OK. Things to remember if I come back. Get a room or at least a site with power. The camping is free, they have showers, but only the real payers have water and power. How.small a generator do they make. Weather has been unbelievably good. No rain. We dodged a Thunderstorm ...