Road Trip to Idaho – Day 1: Lexington, KY to Savage, MN

Sunset in Northern Iowa
Sunset in Northern Iowa

A couple of days ago I was informed I have an opportunity for some work in Idaho, and possibly full time employment.  They want me to come out for two weeks and suggested I drive out instead of fly, especially since they know I love to do that.  So, today (March 8) I drove 848 miles over a 15 1/2 hour stretch, finally arriving in Savage, MN for the night.  Following is the map of the trip:


Lexington, KY to Savage MN

I left Lexington at about 6 AM and just drove straight through Indianapolis and eventually made my way to Advance, IN.  This is a small town located in Boone County.  I went there because of the name.

Advance, Indiana
Advance, Indiana

Advance is a small town of about 500 people.  Originally platted in 1820 and named Osceola, but, since there was already a town with that name in Indiana, the name of Advance was chosen “in anticipation of the advancement which the coming of the Midland Railway would bring to the community.”

Advance Post Office
Advance Post Office

Advance Water TowerAdvance Water Tower

Perhaps the funniest thing for me was the bank in town.  The State Bank of Advance is perhaps the funniest name for a bank since my visit to Tightwad Bank in Missouri.

State Bank of Advance
State Bank of Advance

From Advance I moved into Illinois.  I first made a stop at the Salt Kettle Rest Area.  Typically I don’t comment on Rest Areas, but I got a kick out of the name:

Salt Kettle Rest Area, near Oakwood, IL
Salt Kettle Rest Area, near Oakwood, IL

Apparently, there were pioneer salt mines nearby and thus the name.  From the rest area, I took a quick drive to get a shot of the Possum Trot Supper Club. Once again, I thought it was a unique name.  It really didn’t look like much from the outside….

Possum Trot Supper Club, Oakwood, IL
Possum Trot Supper Club, Oakwood, IL

From Oakwood, I drove by Bloomington and then was a few miles from Normal…(what else is new – never quite normal…).  As you drive towards Peoria out of Bloomington/Normal I headed north towards Davenport, IA.

Old Building Advertisement - Davenport, IA
Old Building Advertisement – Davenport, IA

One of those “Roadside Attractions” was in a park in town…a giant Mother Goose…

Mother Goose Statue - Davenport, IA
Mother Goose Statue – Davenport, IA

From Davenport I headed west towards Iowa City and into Walcott, which is home to the Iowa 80 Truck Stop, which claims to be the biggest truck stop in the world…and it is really big!!

Sumoflam at I-80 Truckstop in Walcott, IA
Sumoflam at Iowa 80 Truck stop in Walcott, IA
I-80 Truck Stop Roof Sign
Iowa 80 Truck Stop Roof Sign
Full Size semi truck and trailer inside I-80 Truck Stop
Full Size semi truck and trailer inside Iowa 80 Truck Stop – Including mural on trailer
Old Truck in I-80 Truck Stop
Old Truck in Iowa 80 Truck Stop

From Walcott I continued west and then north thru Cedar Rapids and Waterloo.  I then made my way north on US 218 towards Charles City, where I came upon the Charles City Wind Farm which has 38 turbines.  It was right at sunset as I passed by so I got the shot at the top of the page and the one below as well.

Charles City Wind Farm - Iowa
Charles City Wind Farm – Iowa

Just north of there was Floyd, IA, my last stop in Iowa for fuel.  I stopped in the small town of about 300 at a unique truck stop that had a “Floyd Bear” and a wagon wheel.

Floyd Water Tower
Floyd Water Tower
Floyd Bear
Floyd Bear

The main reason for my venturing north on US 218 was to get to Austin, MN, home to the world famous Spam Museum and the International Headquarters for Hormel.  Unfortunately, I got there too late to visit the museum, but I was able to get photos!!

Spam Museum - Austin, MN
Spam Museum – Austin, MN
Hormel International
Hormel International
Spam Museum Billboard - Austin, MN
Spam Museum Billboard – Austin, MN
Sumoflam at Spam Museum
Sumoflam at Spam Museum
Pig Farmer statue in front of museum
Pig Farmer statue in front of museum

After my brief stop in Austin, I finally made it to Savage, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis, for my overnight stay.

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4 Replies to “Road Trip to Idaho – Day 1: Lexington, KY to Savage, MN”

  1. Where will you be traveling to in Idaho? Do you have time for recommendations? On your way Yellowstone National Park in winter is really cool. Lava Hot Springs is awesome for road weary bones. I hear the Museum of Clean is worth a visit in Pocatello–haven’t seen it yet but bet it’s right up there with the Museum of Spam.

    1. I will be in Rexburg for the next two weeks. Most of my time I will be working, but it may have some time to travel. I think Yellowstone is out of the question this time around. But I have been there a couple of times in the past. I may be interested in taking a quick trip to Pocatello to see the Museum of clean however. Thanks for the hints!

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