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I gotta’ say that I-80 from Nevada to Ohio is either rolling fields of agri crops or huge pasture land for cattle with range of vegetation from scrub to some of the most lush green you’ve ever seen. As you already know, I loved the farms in Iowa and Illinois was similar but not as spectacular.

KOA at Rock Island, Illinois was nice and this was my view from the camper BUT…PLEASE GET DECOY GEESE! The goose poop covered every square inch of my space! Is that why I only paid $30 instead of $45? Really?

Doesn’t it look like Iowa? This wasn’t far from Iowa…as the crow flies…or as I fly! LOL

They scrambled this beautiful farmland with this stuff just like Iowa or was it Nebraska? Which ever, it still looks weird.

Funky lil farms and outbuildings here as there…wherever that was! It’s all a blur now that they all look-alike! Cool picture crooked like it is! LOL

So pretty!

Love old barns…guess you knew that by now tho.

And then…

INDIANA! Notice there are NO pictures of Indiana because there is absolutely NOTHING on I-80 East to take a picture of! It doesn’t matter if you’re driving south to north or west to east…just nothing screams out to my camera. Sorry guys. I couldn’t find one…not even one picture to take in Indiana but the second I crossed over into Ohio, I thought I’d gotten back on the wrong highway again and was in Iowa! The farm houses looked just like the ones there! Incredible!

But first I had to get lost in Michigan which looked a great deal like some of the back roads of Georgia!

Lost in thoughts, I suddenly realized I was in MICHIGAN! WHAT? How did that happen? Oh my  TomTom routed me to Niagara Falls on the Canadian side! LOL Thankfully, I only had to go about six  miles on back Michigan roads to recover. The good news is that I discovered a little piece of Georgia on that back road!

What a pretty little house even if a telephone pole interrupts the view!

This reminds me of some of my favorite back roads which I take going to the Florida panhandle!

THEN OHIO! WHAM! What a contrast to Indiana! Back to the beautiful farm lands of Iowa and Illinois on I-80.

Crooked or not, it’s still beautiful!

The Toll highways surprise this southerner as we don’t have them there. They just don’t seem to be worth the cost. I’m going back roads the rest of the way! Well, maybe not if I-80 doesn’t have a toll for the rest of the way! LOL

 Another thing about Iowa that I meant to mention yesterday is that there is a great deal of construction going along I-80 through Iowa through Illinois and Indiana but the worst part is that there were hundreds of dead deer. So word: DON’T DRIVE AT NIGHT ON I-80 because you’ll either get challenged by the construction or by a deer!

The other part of the story is that my fav Motel 6 has been bought by the company that owns Hilton so I can only hope and pray they get their internet issues corrected where it’s FREE with the room. As the young woman at the front desk said, “It should be free with the room. Heck, even McDonald’s has free internet!” I totally agree especially when it SUCKS as badly as it does in your corporate owned hotels. You franchise units take care of business!

Tomorrow, I’m scheduled to camp at Niagara Falls for the next few days (US side, that is) until crossing the border. I’m so excited! It’s a lifetime dream and this trip is extended because it is a necessity for my sanity since my daughter’s death. I haven’t written about it much because I just can’t do it yet. Just continue to follow me on this healing heart adventure because it feels good knowing my friends are coming along for the ride.

Happy Trails.

One of Johnny Cash’s songs begins, “I’ve been everywhere man,”  and that’s how I feel! Like I said earlier, what I’ve seen of Nebraska isn’t as spectacular as driving through Iowa. I NEVER thought I’d say that and I’m still stunned that I’ve written it and you Nebraskans, please remember that I don’t allude to the whole state but just what I’ve seen. Granted, it’s limited but the expressways either draw me in or they don’t.

Iowa? It’s some of the prettiest farmland I’ve ever seen. Yep. Iowa! It has some of the neatest farmhouses and farm outbuildings on pristine soil. Most of what you’re going to see in this post is just that. I couldn’t help myself. It’s the farm girl in me that attracts me like a magnet to these scenes. If I had time, I’d just come to Iowa to photograph farmhouses and be happy.

So, here goes!

Tail end of Nebraska and beginnings of Iowa

Countryside starts to morph

And cool, old barns start to appear:

And strange-looking silos look like they’ve multiplied like mushrooms under a common canopy!

And this beautiful Thrift-looking plant grows wild all over the sides of the highway decorating the right-of-way in shades of lavender.

Then the hills start to roll structures into the treeline.

And hills continue to deposit buildings at the tree lines.

Now the most amazing array of outbuildings and farmhouses appear…

see what I mean about the outbuildings:

Great old barns

and interesing looking outbuildings pop up

And, while you’re at it, throw in a good handful of wind turbines to confuse the eye!

And, lastly…

and then…the Mississippi River! Nope, didn’t take a picture of that! By the way, it was the healthiest waterway I’ve seen this whole trip! Such a contrast to last year when all the great snow flooded  farmlands and meadows I passed by during last year’s Great Adventure. This year, Nevada ain’t the only dry state! I couldn’t believe that it was 70 degrees at 8:00AM in the morning in Boulder, CO! I also couldn’t believe how dry the creek beds were or how low the rivers have been all through California, Oregon, Colorado & Nebraska.

Well, I’m cashing in for the night because I’m in Illinois now and need to rest up for Niagara Falls!

Happy Trails!