Day 32 _20210813_VWID4_0024


The thirty-second day of our tour got its start near Des Moines, IA. The countryside was covered in corn stalks. There were paths between them, so the farmers could maneuver through with ease. We then made it to Adair, IA where they exhibit a bright, yellow painted water tower that displays a giant smiley face. This water tower, affectionately called, “Ol’ Smiley” was erected in 1979. The town’s slogan once was, “Adair: It’ll make you smile!” As we come more into the Midwestern states we see more windmills. There was a blade of one of the mills being transported and it was surprising how large this piece really was. We estimate that it was 100 ft long or almost 7 ID.4s.  We saw them on the highway as they passed by on the long trailer. We passed through Omaha, NE, and were welcomed by their “Welcome To Omaha” sign that featured some vintage trains hoisted atop. The Highway was a straight shot and barely curved at all. The hills went right through the countryside. Lincoln, NE would be our next stop and would mark out most western stop so far on the tour. In the heart of downtown Lincoln, the basketball arena is the home stadium for the Cornhuskers team of the University of Nebraska. We came across an amusing statue of a funny beer man. It was constructed of many different pieces of metal. We checked out the Lincoln Capitol building, home of the Nebraska Unicameral, with 49 members, is the smallest legislature of any U.S. state. As we went through the town, we caught the traffic lights all on red. We saw a train coming and we got a nice photo as it was coming to a stop. Since the Pacific Railroad Act, this led to the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Dating Nebraska’s trains back to 1862. A long line of large silos lined the countryside road. There was a vintage 1927 Chevy truck that surprisingly still could be operated. The old vehicle was very clean and had small American Flags as decoration with a large one attached to the back. Because of the big farming community and businesses we would see many large machines resting all over. They were so big even the I.D. 4 could be seen from underneath and we could almost drive through it. These cropping machines are used to harvest the vast fields of corn we have been seeing. The Hotel Monona in Onawa, IA was Dedicated on May 22, 1890. Although it was recently an apartment building, but it appears now to be vacant. A big U.S. flag stood tall at the city center. We got to have a meeting with a pilot of an Agriculture plane. They use the plane to take care of the crops. Cool enough, the pilot marked a spot and told us where he’d fly over and he flew over us several times. We managed to meet him exactly where he pointed out. Sioux City, IA would become our next stop. We visited a shop where custom trucks are manufactured. The freightliner semis are from the 1970’s but are well restored and cleaned. The red was super and the chrome accents made the trucks so awesome. One of the trucks had a custom tag that read “Bad Boys Drive Bad Toys” representing his pride for his large semi truck. We ended Sioux City with an incredible shot of the Sergeant Floyd Monument. The day subsided in Sioux Falls, SD and we would like to thank Kyle from Graham VW for waiting for us to take a photo and helping us charge the ID.4.




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