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Another early start again this morning since we knew we were heading into afternoon thunderstorms.  We planned to find a place to hunker down by 3pm. One more glorious day of sunshine, warmth and awesome cloud formations.  It’s going to be sad when we have to start adding the cold weather gear closer to home.


After an hour on the road it was time to stop for breakfast.  We found the perfect stop called Brothers Restaurant.  No they don’t have a bug problem, the bug guy just knows the best place to eat !!  This is the kind of restaurant we love.  All the locals eat here and it was super busy.  Chris had a Belgian waffle with whipped cream & strawberry compote.  I went with eggs, rye toast & fresh fruit.  Good thing because a few stops later we discovered orange creamsicle milkshakes and I had a warm salted caramel & chocolate chip cookie with mine.

Further down the highway I saw a sign that said “80 miles to WOW.”  We both agreed — the world’s largest truck stop is pretty amazing.  They’ve got the biggest gas station for cars & trucks, restaurants galore and a trucking museum.  It was worth driving through the parking lot to have a look.


My dear husband knows how much I love museums and turned into Branch, Iowa so we could visit the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum.  What a fascinating look at his life, time as president and his life of service.  There was a special gangster exhibit.  Don’t Chris and I look tough !! During Hoover’s administration the FBI focused on prosecuting gangsters like Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd & Dillinger.  What an honour to walk through displays of books, letters, clothing, personal items and gifts from heads of state that all belonged to the President and First Lady “Lou.”


Early in the afternoon we debated whether or not to put on raingear.  The sky got progressively darker and when he saw the accommodation signs for Waterloo, Iowa – Chris decided that was enough for one day.  Moments after we brought our bags into the room, the first lightning strikes followed were closely by thunder crashes. The storm was intense but didn’t last long and the sun came back out.  We’re happy at Howard Johnson and sit here absolutely stuffed from an amazing meal from Hwy 63 Diner across the parking lot.  Too full for dessert we ordered to go. No way was I passing up homemade bread pudding.


Tomorrow we’re aiming for South Dakota — the day after we’ll spend a couple of days of riding in the Black Hills and Badlands near Sturgis.


Love & hugs from the road…




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