Saturday, September 6, 2008
Running from Gustaf
We awoke to light rain in Utica, IL. With a forecast for heavy rains in the afternoon, we decided to try to get west before they arrived.
We were in light rain most of the day, but finally found clearing skies near Des Moines, IA. We found a nice C.O.E. campground on Lake Saylorville, just north of the city. Having been in rain for two days, we decided it might be nice to lay over for a day, and just enjoy the peace and quiet of the park.
The night was our coolest of the season, in the high 40's, but the day warmed quickly to 70. We enjoyed a walk along an old spillway from the dam.
The drive through Iowa has been a pleasant surprise. Never having been in the state before, I had a preconceived idea that it was made of flat fields of seemingly unending corn. The cornfields are there, but lie amid gently rolling hills, on picturesque farms.
We spotted this huge sculpture, apparently of copper, near one of the small towns.
We crossed the state line into Nebraska shortly after lunch. Nebraska is more what I expected of the plains, much flatter.
We are not finding many campgrounds along I-80 through Nebraska. Most are located several miles from the interstate. We prefer the Corps of Engineers parks, but Nebraska has only 2, neither of which are on our route.
We are spending the night at the Prairie Oasis RV Park, just east of Grand Island. We will not be spending much time in either Iowa or Nebraska this trip, as we have several places we want to visit in NM, CO, and AZ.