|Iowa – land of corn and truck stops|
It took us a lot longer to get out of Chicago on Saturday than we’d planned, mainly because it took me a long time to finish packing and clean out my apartment. Oh, and we decided to ship some more of my stuff, a decision that ended up taking far longer at the Post Office than I’d anticipated Fortunately, we did have time for one last stop at my favorite neighborhood cafe, Metropolis, for coffee in the morning before we got on the road.
When we finally left Chicago, we drove and drove and drove….through Illinois and Iowa toward our destination for the night, Omaha, Nebraska. It’s a very, very boring drive….lots of cornfields and not much else. There are, however, a number of signs advertising various locations associated with President Ronald Reagan’s childhood, including his birthplace.
There are also very few places to stop, especially after we passed the world’s largest truck stop. We ended up at a Taco John’s, a midwestern taco chain touted as “the fresh taste of West-Mex.” It appeared to have some gluten-free options, at least based on the online menu’s nutrition facts. However, even two crispy chicken tacos and some tortilla chips still gave me a bit of a tummy ache.
Here’s our impromptu picnic in Grinnell, Iowa outside the parking lot of Taco John’s, because we’re classy like that.