Thoughts and photos from the road #writephoto

All of these photos are probably illegal, because I was taking them while at the wheel on a solo drive from the Twin Cities to Lincoln, but I’m willing to take that risk since I’m an otherwise safe driver.

A long drive means a long time to think, listen to music, talk on the phone, and more. So, here’s an account of the drive, which has more detail (!) than what I journaled about.

  • Got a call to Samantha after getting a hold of Mom to let her know that I was en route! Phone calls and chatting always make travel go faster
    • It reminds me of a quick drive to Kansas City in a Pokemon carpool!
  • Gas is on the rise! $2.649 per gallon, after being as low as $2.099/gallon two months ago.
  • It was good to hear that Dina is seeing someone right now!
  • Welcome to Iowa! And my MP3 player played “Interstate 80 Iowa” by Heywood Banks… about 130 miles too early!
    • Speaking of 130 miles… it helps to compartmentalize a trip into smaller segments, at least in my mind!
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Transit Authority, We’re Not In Chicago Anymore! Especially not at 3200N/1000W.

  • I think it’s interesting how most states use the pentagonal signs for county roads, but some Minnesota county roads are square white signs with numbers; all Wisconsin county roads are square white signs with letters.
  • I’ve got a trial subscription of Sirius XM on my radio that was provided to me after the oil change prior to the Polar Vortex. This was a great timing for one, since including today [i.e. yesterday], I have at least four long drives planned.
    • Thus, I got to listen to the Wofford/Kentucky game. Midnight struck for the mid-major.
    • Also got to listen to the 70’s through ’90s stations, and occasionally shifting to the bpm station (for some dance hits)
  • Got a hold of all three siblings, and they’re excited both to see me and about Samantha. Grilling will commence tomorrow night!
  • Ah, Des Moines. About three hours left after I took a bladder breather.
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Winterset, Iowa. Hopefully it is the setting of winter after how brutal it has been. (There’s also a Somerset, Wisconsin. Is there an Autumnset or a Springset anywhere?)

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Is this song really 20 years old? It’s also definitely a “word salad” in its chorus: “Kids On The Block had a bunch of hits, \\ Chinese food makes me sick, \\ I think it’s kind of fly when the girls stop by for the summer.” The next line actually fits: “I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch.”

  • Casey, Iowa. A small town whose gas station is NOT a Casey’s General Store, but a Kum & Go. What’s up with that?
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Smile! You’re in Adair, Iowa!

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You want an OVERSIZE LOAD? Try trucks that have to carry wind turbine blades on their beds! We’ve got great big convoys!

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Fun county names. There’s also Cerro Gordo County where Mason City is. This map was at a rest stop, fewer than 20 miles from the Nebraska border.

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Sunset, and a warning about I-29 North closed. Better turn around… but I don’t need to do 29 today!

  • Out of photos. But it’s so good to be back in Nebraska!
  • I’ll be the roundabout, I’ll make those words go out & out…
  • I could have time-warped if my car had a 1.21 GW flux capacitor, as highway hypnosis put me up to 90 mph a couple of times!
  • (EDIT) OH! And although this is definitely shoehorning in, I realize that the “Rift” from Sue Vincent’s Writephoto could apply to POTHOLES that I saw along the road. All of the snowmelt from the brutal winter is doing a number on the roads!
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Some of the potholes ALMOST looked like these big rifts!

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