Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Road Trip Day 3: Seward, NE To Peru, IL

Off we go on another all-American family road trip. 

Two parents
Two daughters
A big red dog
And a car full of suitcases, leashes, a cooler, bags of food, blankets, pillows, maps, books, extra sweatshirts, water bottles, bags, backpacks, and a whole slew of electronic devices and their chargers. 

Where are we going and what will we do when we get there? Just wait and see. 

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Iowa is a poem of a place. Like a handmade quilt on a rumpled bed, her softly undulating hills and valleys invite me to cozy up and stay awhile. Trim houses sit watch over luxuriant corn and soybean fields in the peak of their summer glory, deer and rabbits roam freely. Anyone who tries to tell you that Iowa is a bore has clearly not taken the time to get to know her. 

After two days of hardcore cross-country driving, we found ourselves way ahead on miles and treated ourselves to several hours off the interstate grid. Exploring small towns on gravel roads, we rode with the windows down and our cameras at the ready. Madison County's famed covered bridges captured our imaginations; we toured four of the six old relics and learned that Ranger will NOT set foot inside of one, though he will happily swim in the waters below. 

Distance covered today: 458 miles
Total trip so far: 2132 miles

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