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

Sunset in Northern Iowa Sunset in Northern Iowa[/caption] 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.

[caption id="attachment_1780" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Advance, Indiana Advance, Indiana[/caption] 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.” [caption id="attachment_1781" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Advance Post Office Advance Post Office[/caption]

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.

[caption id="attachment_1778" align="aligncenter" width="300"]State Bank of Advance State Bank of Advance[/caption] 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: [caption id="attachment_1808" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Salt Kettle Rest Area, near Oakwood, IL Salt Kettle Rest Area, near Oakwood, IL[/caption]

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….

[caption id="attachment_1784" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Possum Trot Supper Club, Oakwood, IL Possum Trot Supper Club, Oakwood, IL[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_1786" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Old Building Advertisement - Davenport, IA Old Building Advertisement – Davenport, IA[/caption] One of those “Roadside Attractions” was in a park in town…a giant Mother Goose… [caption id="attachment_1787" align="aligncenter" width="199"]Mother Goose Statue - Davenport, IA Mother Goose Statue – Davenport, IA[/caption] 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!! [caption id="attachment_1777" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sumoflam at I-80 Truckstop in Walcott, IA Sumoflam at Iowa 80 Truck stop in Walcott, IA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1788" align="aligncenter" width="300"]I-80 Truck Stop Roof Sign Iowa 80 Truck Stop Roof Sign[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1791" align="aligncenter" width="300"]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[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1792" align="aligncenter" width="199"]Old Truck in I-80 Truck Stop Old Truck in Iowa 80 Truck Stop[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_1796" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Charles City Wind Farm - Iowa Charles City Wind Farm – Iowa[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_1798" align="aligncenter" width="220"]Floyd Water Tower Floyd Water Tower[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1799" align="aligncenter" width="199"]Floyd Bear Floyd Bear[/caption] 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!! [caption id="attachment_1801" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Spam Museum - Austin, MN Spam Museum – Austin, MN[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1800" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Hormel International Hormel International[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1806" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Spam Museum Billboard - Austin, MN Spam Museum Billboard – Austin, MN[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1809" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sumoflam at Spam Museum Sumoflam at Spam Museum[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1802" align="aligncenter" width="199"]Pig Farmer statue in front of museum Pig Farmer statue in front of museum[/caption] After my brief stop in Austin, I finally made it to Savage, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis, for my overnight stay.]]>