The Crazy Storm Day – Road Trip 2015 Day 15

We woke up in Coralville Iowa. Officially 2 weeks into this trip, and still a couple days from home… And we still liked each other!! 😉

Home sweet home...
Home sweet home… (our bed)

For a while, we stuck to I80. When we stopped to get some lunch later in the day, we headed out then on some state routes for a while. After a couple days of puttering along, we kind of had to drive with a little more purpose. 

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But our first stop of the day was the Iowa 80 truck stop. Since we were going right by it, and it’s supposed to be the “world’s largest truck stop”, it seemed like a must see. 🙂 It is indeed very large… and rather busy.

Lunch stop on the banks of the Illinois River
Lunch stop on the banks of the Illinois River

We pulled over for some lunch at Illini State Park, right on the banks of the Illinois River. Very pretty. And quite quiet on a weekday. 

Afterwards, we headed east to Rte 6, which we took thru Indiana and into Ohio. 

More windmills!
More windmills! And some clouds…

At which point, somewhere mid-way thru Indiana, our good weather began to vanish. There was a major storm system, and as we headed closer to the Great Lakes area we drove straight into it. There was even talk they were going to close sections of Rte 6 where the water couldn’t get off the road fast enough and it was getting deep. Thankfully, they didn’t do that!

Watching the rain
Watching the rain

We waited out the worst for a while. From the weather map, my PB could see there was going to be a break. And when that arrived we drove while we could see! When we caught back up with the rain, and it got heavy, we stopped for dinner to waste some time and stay behind it. 

As a result we were quite late getting into the Blue Heron Travel Plaza on the Ohio Turnpike. There was plenty of space, and we quickly battened down the hatches and went to bed. In retrospect, later in the night as I lay awake with Pe@rl rocking and swaying as the rain and wind pelted us…. We should have parked right next to that huge diesel pusher, and it could have blocked some wind for us! 

Nebraska Scenery – Road Trip 2015 Day 14

We woke up in North Platte, Nebraska at the Walmart

We did our usual stop for gas and coffee before leaving town… And we decided Nebraskans must not be big coffee drinkers, because we had quite a time finding a good cup of coffee! 

We jumped on I80, but only for a very short while before we decided that wasn’t much fun, and got off to take Rte 30 East.

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Country road traffic

We were even able to stop for a car wash. And my PB was able to get both the Jeep and the front of Pe@rl in, which was great because they were both covered in bugs! My job was to keep putting in quarters.

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While at the car wash, a train went by across the street…
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This combine was amazing! He quite literally took up 2 lanes (that’s a full breakdown lane…). It was quite interesting getting around him…

Lunch time!
Lunch time!

The whole trip we had fun with “how many strange places can we fit the T@b”… 

Apparently you can go to Sonic, and fit quite nicely! (However almost NO gluten free options… I had fries and a shake, not what I consider a balanced meal)

Just one of many...
Just one of many…

We stayed on Rte 30 the rest of the way across Nebraska, and picked up I80 again north of Omaha. 

This ended up being one of our favorite driving days. We expected it to be rather boring, all flat and fields for miles. But actually the farmland scenery and the small towns along the Platte River made for pretty driving. And the visibility is amazing, you can see for miles!! Which made for a rather relaxing drive, even with a trailer. No one suddenly did anything. Someone turning? You see them, watch them turn, and almost never needed to actually slow up…

Sunset reflections
Sunset reflections

We stayed on I80 across Iowa, and stopped for the night at the Walmart in Coralville, Iowa.

Colorado Scenery – Road Trip 2015 Day 13 Part B

We kind of relaxed and took our time all morning, because it meant we were late enough pulling out that my brother was just getting out of work and we could see all of them again before we left town! 

After visiting for a while, getting groceries, gassing up and getting coffee… We hit the road again. 

Rte 71 in Colorado
Rte 71 in Colorado

We headed northeast out of Colorado Springs, on Rte 24. But when we got to where it met I70 we decided we liked the back roads. So we headed north on Rte 71. 

Windmill
Windmill

This was not a bad idea! The road was just as good as the interstates we’d been on. And we weren’t getting passed like crazy while doing our 60-65mph. In fact, there was hardly any traffic…

Unusual Road Signs!
Unusual Road Signs!

You see some crazy things on side roads!! 😉 

Windmill farm
Windmill farm

We drove thru a huge windmill farm! It was amazing, it just kept going and going…

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Then as the sun got low, we pulled off at a cross roads to watch…

Sunset
Sunset
The Eastern sky
The Eastern sky

We followed Rte 71 up to I76 and we jumped on the interstate there,  since it was getting later and dark.

We decided to stick to interstates for the later hours, since there’s always services along interstates (rest areas, truck stops, gas, etc). Plus, if we needed it, it’s much more likely to have cell signal along a major highway corridor than in the middle of nowhere. 

We made it to North Platte Nebraska, where we stopped at the Walmart there.