Day 6 - Woke up and wonder of wonders, it was DRY!!!! And it was Speedway Motors day. From the ladies, “never saw the men so excited to get up and go” (Speedway Motors only two miles away). Judy opted not to go, Patti went to keep the tour under 2 hours and failed miserably according to her. From the men “what a great tour and it was way too short.”
Never saw so many pedalcars or engines or lunchboxes or tether cars or real race cars, and race driver memorabilia. Loved the Indy display, marveled at the yellow cab memorabilia display. (Mary J, they had over 400 lunchboxes).
Patti was at the door blowing the whistle, when we finally departed at 10:45. Got out of Lincoln after 800 red lights and rock-and-rolled across Iowa. The terrain is very rolling, 60 mph down for 1/2 mile, 55 mph on the flat for 1/2 mile and 45 mph on the uphill for 1/2 mile, over and over and over.
We stopped in Red Oak to meet the Hoeghs (young Bob’s inlaws). Bill R (Calif. farmer) talked farming with Monty Hoegh (Iowa farmer). Did you know that there are 480,000 trucks and pickups in the Midwest and 564,000 tractors and 85,500 combines????
We sent John and Judy out ahead as scouts and when the temperature and the humidity reached 85 degrees, they called it a day and we are encamped at Chariton, IA. We had a Chinese buffet next door to the motel, and not bad for this far from China and across the street from a really big Harley Davidson dealer.
PS from M: Thanks to John and Judy for the pictures - my dad is having "damn flaky internet problems" and couldn't get them online.
* Update 7/12 at 5:30am: got a few more pics from my dad so I added them above. ~M