Plainfield, IL, here we come!!
Aug 6, 2010
|We had a relaxing evening in Nebraska City at the Victorian RV Park. The weather was hot, humid and thunderstorms floated around us. We sure do appreciate the second A/C unit!! Running both cools the trailer quickly when we arrive at a destination in the late afternoon. We left there Tuesday mid-morning to hit the road.
As we crossed over the Missouri River into Iowa, the east-bound highway was reduced to one lane, as the river was overtopping the outside lane. This is the first evidence of the flooding that we had heard about in the various towns.
The state of Iowa has surprised us by its beautiful rolling hills. We have really enjoyed the corn fields on the hills, and the terracing of some of the hills in order to plant some of the steeper hills. In the western half of Iowa, we traveled just north of I-80 and enjoyed the scenic views all the way to the Timberline RV resort in Waukee, on the western outskirts of Des Moines.
Along the way, we stopped at a Lionel Model Train museum near the town of Corley. This is a total Lionel train ‘all in one stop’, with antique Lionel trains for sale as well as an extensive running track area. The tracks had antique, steam and diesel trains running. We appreciated the complexity of the museum and the passion of the operators.
Our second stop along the way was to view the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn. It was bought to this area from Holland to assist in grain milling. We didn’t get there in time to watch the informational video, and that probably would have enhanced our visit.
The Timberline RV Resort is beautiful and we did go to the pool to cool down. Once again, we spent the day in very hot, humid weather and the pool felt great to soak and visit with other folks. They told stories of the fierce thunderstorm of the previous evening. Judie really felt sorry for the young construction worker who is staying there in a tent. He ‘thought he was going to die’ the night before. As the evening progressed, the thunderclouds rolled in, and, about 10:00, the lightening, thunder and rain began and lasted until the morning. Ed slept through it all, and Judie sat up, watching the action! She wonders how the young man faired that night, and, if he just packed up and went back home.
Again, we left as early as possible, making our way thru the weather to Davenport, IA. We planned to stay two nights in this area to go to the John Deere complex in Moline, IL and rest before heading to Plainfield. We now encounter much nicer weather, no rain and much less humidity. As we checked in, we learned that the Mississippi Valley Fair was happening!! And, we had driven by the world’s largest truck stop as we arrived at the park!
So, our day of rest was: touring the truck stop, visiting the John Deere Pavilion and Gift Shop, and an evening walk through the fair. The fair had four barns of hogs, but, the sheep had left. We did see Poultry, including several varieties of turkeys, market beef, a few dairy cows and the 4-H entries.
The entries in the National Belgian Horse show were fun to walk wander thru, the wagons and sulkies are beautiful to look at and the horses were ready to show.
We returned to the trailer after our ‘day of rest’ and collapsed!