Greetings from Iowa City, Iowa, home of the University of Iowa. This was our last overnight on this trip and today we head through northern Iowa and back into Minnesota, about a five-hour drive to Minneapolis from here. The forecast there is for a rain-and-snow mixture once we get close to home, so that will bring us full circle through most imaginable weather experiences during this trip.
It's been a great road trip, though, and I'm glad we did it. We partly did it because I needed to get on the road and drive and partly because Jerry's ears have been so screwed up from this bronchitis that we thought it would dangerous for him to get on an airplane. The last thing he needs is eardrums bursting.
Cool oddities on this trip: We spent every night of the six nights in different Country Inn hotels in five states. We like Country Inns, and Jerry gets discounts at all of them. Each was different, but each was also the same, so it was kind of like coming back to something familiar every night.
The other oddity as we drove: I've had Sirius satellite radio in my car for five years and have usually been stuck on the same four or five channels out of a couple hundred, so we decided to listen to each station for at least one song or long enough to get the flavor of the channel. We found some good ones, but there were some that it was hard to make it through even one song (but we did it!) -- the rap channels, the country-western stations, the right-wing talk radio. But we made it.
The next words you hear from me will be back in Minneapolis....