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DAY 31: URBANA, IL TO DES MOINES, IA

The thirty-first day had a heavy rainy start in Urbana, Illinois. As we travelled down the road, we caught a flash of lightning through the rainy windshield. Across the Illinois pasture there were vast waves of clouds scrolling through the sky. The Midwest weather can get very rainy and you can often see the weather coming just by looking at the dramatic sky. We proceeded further through Illinois, we crossed the Murray Baker Bridge into Peoria. We entered the small town and headed toward its downtown area. We often see large trucks and heavy cargo on the tour. We saw a truck with an oversized load carrying multiple swimming pools. The Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott. IA., now the World’s Largest Truckstop, established its home in 1964. Some say it is like a small city, others have likened it to a Trucker’s Disneyland, and to countless drivers it has been akin to a home away from home. The parking lot was packed full of large trucks, so we took a chance to check them out and meet their drivers. Robert and Jerry stood with their 600 horsepower Peterbilt semi-truck. They have been driving over 40 years combined.The inside of the truck cabin had much more room than we imagined. It was astonishing to see how many switches there were. It was almost like an airplane. We continued on and traveled many gravel roads through this area. The windy back roads covered the I.D. 4 in dust. We were the only occupiers of the road until we saw a man driving his tractor. Dewey’s Jack & Jill grocery store in West Branch, IA would be our next stop for some food. We saw some of the town’s architecture as we went through. It is also home to the late president Herbert Hoover. We caught an immaculate sunset as we charged the ID. 4 at an Electrify America station. The orange sky’s beautiful colors and the lights of the chargers made for a really awesome photo. Our final stop would be at a fully integrated Electrify America station at a gas station in Waukee, IA. There stood a tall American flag next to the chargers.

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