We soon reached the Mississippi River, and we crossed over into Iowa for the first time. Dubuque was a really nice town, and we found Iowa to be more scenic than we imagined. We continued west towards Davenport, heading towards the legendary Field of Dreams movie site. The GPS took us on an unexpected drive that ended up being more direct than what I had mapped out, but ended up being on dirt roads that stretched forever through corn fields and farm land.
After cresting a small rise, the road went back to asphalt, and there it was: The Field of Dreams!
We hopped back in the Jeep and headed out. We didn't disturb anything while there, since I was nervous about being there after their posted hours, and back at the main road, I checked the GPS to see if there was a place we could stop to eat. We had been driving for 200 miles, and while we vowed to avoid fast food, we wanted to get down the road as far as we could and that meant a quick stop. We found a Hardees right in Dyersville, and stopped to eat.
We ate quickly and I figured out how far I wanted to drive, knowing how far we had to go tomorrow without wearing ourselves out tonight. I made a reservation at the Sleep Inn in Charles City, Iowa, figuring another 100 miles or so would allow us to stop by 10 pm or so.
We walked out of the Hardees and saw a sight that haunted us for the remainder of the trip. It was a lapse of judgment that would never be repeated, but never forgotten. And it was only through God's grace that it wasn't worse than it was, or could have been, which is either a statement on the town and people of the area we were in, in the heart of America, or God was really looking out for us. Or it was a combination of both. And we agreed then and there and that we would never tell a soul what it was that happened. So there. That's the end of it.
We jumped back on the highway, watched an amazing sunset, and just kept thanking God for the incredible trip we were on. US 20 turned into I-380, and we turned northwest near Waterloo onto US 218 all the way to Charles City. The Sleep Inn was very nice, as was the staff, and we quickly settled in to sleep. Our mileage for the day was 311.9, and we were at 1112.1 miles for the trip.
To be continued...