Omaha to Chicago

Trip Start Jul 28, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, August 6, 2006

Timeline for Omaha to Chicago

6:45 AM
Check out of Omaha Quality Inn.
The complimentary breakfast was not too appetizing, cereal or pre-sliced grocery store bagels, so I simply sipped some apple juice.

Mass at St. Cecilia's Cathedral in Omaha; an incredibly large and beautiful cathedral in a residential section of Omaha.

Breakfast at Lisa's Radial Cafe a block away from the cathedral. A regular old-fashioned coffee shop serving excellent eggs, etc.

Depart Omaha for Chicago.

Cross over the Missouri River into Iowa.

Des Moines 100 miles away.

Rest room break.

Pass through Des Moines.

Davenport 150 miles.

Lunch at the McDonald's in Coralville, just outside of Iowa City. At this point I drove through light rain showers.

Chicago 231 miles.

1:15 - 2:30
Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum and Library.
I was driving down the highway and saw a sign so I decided to take a detour in West Branch, IA. The park is only a block off of I-80. Lucky for me, Saturday was Hooverfest, so admission was free. The town was also hosting a street fair with artists and local community groups selling pop and brats. The museum is quite nice. I did not realize the interesting background of President Hoover. Time well spent.

Cross through Davenport.

3:15 - 3:30
Stop in at the Iowa Welcome Center to view the Mississippi River. The view was not as great as hoped for based on the radio broadcast I listened to in my car. The center is across the street and up a hill from the river.

Cross over the mighty Mississippi on I-80.

Chicago 150 miles.

Chicago 100 miles.

Switch form I-80 to I-55 north towards Chicago.

Arrival at Holiday Inn at Midway Airport.

Total miles: 500.

I enjoyed observing the difference between Nebraska and Iowa geography. Both states grow plenty of corn and soybean. Nebraska is flat while Iowa has rolling hills (not suited for center pivot irrigators).

The Hoover stop was great. Other sites that I passed on include: John Wayne birthplace, Bob Feller Museum, Bridges of Madison County tour, U. of Iowa, and Ronald Reagan birthplace.

The Holiday Inn is within a complex of a few hotels. Dining options are Dempsey's Irish Bar and Grill or T.G.I Fridays. The items on the Dempsey's menu seemed overpriced, so I opted for a hunk of meat for half the price at Friday's.

I also called Rev. Ron, who presided at Nick's fourth wedding in 2003. Rev. Ron plans on picking me up at the Holiday Inn on Monday night to go out to eat. Should be fun. We corresponded via Emil earlier, so he knew I was coming into town. He lives in a suburb just outside of the city.
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