Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Day 02 Summer 2010 Park to Park Road Trip

This is the route that we will drive today, 920 KM

We woke up early, had a quick breakfast at the hotel and we’re on the road by 8:30 am. Immediately we are back into the construction. President Obama is re-building America, or at least several dozen miles of I-80 in Illinois.

8377 I -80 W IL Construction 8378 I-80 IL Construction 8379 I-80 W IL Construction

We start seeing giant wind turbines as we drive along I-280 in Illinois. There are dozens of them on both sides of the Interstate

8380 I-280 IL Wind Turbine

We crossed over the Mississippi River and half way across, we left Illinois and entered Iowa.

8381 I-280 IL Mississippi Bridge 8382 I-280 IL Mississippi Bridge 8383 I-280 Welcome to Iowa

A few years ago we watched a show on TV about a truckers jamboree at the IOWA 80 Truck Stop. Reportedly, the largest truck stop in the world. I had forgotten about that show until I saw the sign above the Interstate. I had to stop and see this place. Definitely the nicest, cleanest, largest truck stop that I have ever seen. The place was a hive of activity because the annual truckers jamboree is being held tomorrow and the next day.

8384 Iowa 80 Truck Stop 8385 Iowa 80 Truck Stop 8386 Iowa 80 Truck Stop

A few photos of the interior, but to see all of my photos, you can visit my FLICKR site, or click on the link above to be taken directly to the website for the Iowa 80 Truck Stop.

8386a Iowa 80 Truck Stop 8386f Iowa 80 Truck Stop 8386g Iowa 80 Truck Stop

A few of photos of the Iowa Sky this afternoon.

8392 I-80 Iowa Sky 8393 I-80 Iowa Sky

8394 I-80 Cloverleaf

Then we cross the state line into Nebraska.

8395 I-80 Welcome to Nebraska

Finally we see our favourite water tower. We saw this water tower on last summers Lincoln Highway Road Trip. Reminds me of a large hot air balloon.

8400 Water Tower York NE

Tomorrow we will be on the road again heading for Colorado. We have never been in the State of Colorado so this will be a first and I will get to add it to my Visited States Map.

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