Day 7: Lincoln, NE
Trip Start Jul 21, 2010
22Trip End Jul 29, 2010
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Following the Quilt Museum, we took the recommendation of my friend Emily who attended graduate school here in Lincoln for the past two years, and went to Stauffer’s Café and Pies
NOTE: We weren’t the only ones who couldn’t turn down the pie. Two men in the booth behind us had the following adorable conversation that would probably only ever be heard in a mid-western town like this:
Waitress: "Do you want any pie today?"
Man 1: “Hmm, well… I might be tempted.”
Man 2: “Hmm, well, then, I’ll have to be sociable, I suppose.” They both settled on a piece of pie and seemed to really enjoy themselves.
Some curious sights/musings from the road:
1.) All throughout South Dakota, there are yield signs where we Easterners are used to having 4-way stop signs. Apparently, the Dakotans are polite and civilized enough to take turns carefully without a mandatory, law-enforced sign to ensure fair turn taking.
2.) In Nebraska particularly, we noticed “What to do in case of tornado” signs everywhere. They are in the bathrooms of every restaurant, museum, and hotel. Meanwhile, we’re still trying to get a straight answer about what to do if you’re in a car because one site told us to stay in the car and another told us to get out an lie in ditch with our hands over our heads. At the hotel, it was reassuring to learn from the guest information book that the personnel at the hotel would activate
the hotel fire alarm if the sirens went off in town, and then would make
every effort to wake us by phone or door-to-door. We were told that first floor guests should go into their bathrooms and be prepared to admit guests from upper floors.
3). The highways in Iowa are noisy. Really, there is a loud whirring noise as you drive over them that eventually fades into the background but when it finally stops, you are stunned that you haven’t gone deaf listening to it for the past however long you’ve been driving.
4.) While driving through Indiana, we saw a little biplane doing some passes above us. As it came in for a landing, directly over the highway, there was a very odd smell from the visible exhaust, kind of like mothballs. I don’t know if anyone else has experienced this, but it was weird. We can only assume that there was little landing strip right next to the highway behind a clump of trees, otherwise, the smell might have been from the plane smoking and crashing (but we’re pretty sure it didn’t).
5.) Iowa has made quite an investment in the Rest Stops along I-80. All of them offer free wireless Internet and are fully non-smoking. We were particular grateful for the wireless Internet, when we pulled over on the side of the road at 11pm last night to try and find a hotel room in Lincoln for a few hours later.
More pictures of Days 7 & 8 at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=192683&id=837899636&l=7aa16c6b18