Today was 76 miles of hills and wind. Last night we mapped out our route for today, but mid morning we changed our minds due to the need to go through larger towns to find accommodations for tonight. Well we made a mistake, and went south too far by 10 miles. We were on the north edge of the Loess Hills and riding on roads with constant hills. Plus the wind was out of the southeast! It was not an easy day, but even so
still rode 76 miles. Positive things of the day – it was cloudy, so the high temperature was 76 – great biking temperature. Cal
|Ribbon of Hills|
Today as I was driving it occurred to me that some of our readers have never been to
or even the Iowa , so maybe I need to take photos of things we consider very common. Those of you who are from US , please be patient. Iowa
Some of the things we saw today:
|Landscape – |
|Landscape with Ripening Wheat in Foreground|
|Landscape of Corn fields|
|Field terraces – farmers terrace their hilly fields to keep the soil from eroding|
Cattle Lots – there are some large cattle lots in northwest
Barn Art – Barn Art is becoming more and more popular in
and I plan to continue developing a collection of barn art. I turned around to shoot 2 of
my barn art photos today.
Young Deer Fawn – I saw two small fawn at the edge of a windbreak around a farmstead – they
still had their spots.
turbine generators to produce power.
|Round barn – |
|County Court Houses - While crossing |
Counties we travel through. This Court House is for Sioux County in Orange City, IA
Hog barns – we have seen and smelled lots of hog barns since being in
! Hopefully will have a good photo tomorrow. Iowa
We also traveled through Orange City, IA today. This area was first settled by Dutch immigrants and still retains heavy Dutch influence. They have a lovely windmill on the edge of town and any new buildings must bare some Dutch building motif. It was nice to drive around town without RAGBRAI being in town!
|Orange City, IA - War Memorial with Flags and Dutch Windmill|
|Orange City Stores with Dutch Facades|
Our day ended in
Tonight there were fireworks over the Lake, but we were/are too tired to go watch them!
Tomorrow, July 4, we will continue east. Tomorrow is also our son Tony's birthday.