Happy 4th of July to everyone! Tony, Happy Birthday!
This morning when
We learned from the ‘coffee club’ that last Sunday night this area of
had 5 to 7 inches of rain in 50 minutes. There was flash flooding everywhere – including basements! As we drove/rode east of Iowa we could not believe the amount of water damage in fields. Some fields still had ponds/lakes of water standing in them, while in others the water was gone and so were the plants. Storm Lake
|Flooded Field of Soy Beans|
|Soy Bean Fields as far as you can see|
From the time we left
this morning until we drove into Storm Lake tonight we did not go through any towns – that is any towns with as much as a convenience shops. There would be a cluster of a few houses with a huge grain elevator standing beside the rail tracks. Webster City is riding on secondary roads as there is less traffic on them. Cal
|Grain Elevator in Vincent, IA - The Only Business in Town|
These are a few of the sites we saw today:
|Hog Building - The smell! To a hog farmer they say it is the 'smell of money', to the rest of us .....|
The weather forecast for tomorrow includes storms during the afternoon, so I guess time will tell as to how far we travel/peddle tomorrow. They are also saying there will be a northwest wind, so Cal hopes to make good time while he is riding. If the wind is indeed from the northwest, this will be the first westerly wind in 4 days - Cal is ready for the wind to help him move east.