Lincoln to Hobart

Oh yeah. Traffic.

From the time I got past Sacramento, I really haven’t had to deal with much traffic. There have been occasional slow downs because of road construction, but not the mazes and offramps and merging I’m used to in the Bay Area. Until today. From Davenport, IA, to where I’m staying in Hobart, Indiana, it was several hours of being reintroduced to metropolitan commute hours. Made me really miss the long flat countrysides I’ve been barreling through. Note to self: take a southern route on the way back.

Here are some road shots.

The Platte River

IMG_3980 IMG_3981

The highlight of the day had to be stumbling upon the “World’s Largest Truck Stop!” I believe it. Iowa 80 it is called, and it is quite the smorgasbord of fast food, travel trinkets, and car parts. It also has fun facts in the bathroom about other World’s Largest things. Plus full size trucks with flashing light displays inside. Very entertaining.

IMG_3985 IMG_3986 IMG_3987 IMG_3988 IMG_3989 IMG_3990 IMG_3991 IMG_3992

That’s actually kind of sweet

Now here’s a milestone. I am now East of the Mississippi!

IMG_3994 IMG_3995 IMG_3997

Another couple of rest stop shots. I’m beginning to think California rest stops are kind of…. not the nicest. Look at how nice these are:

IMG_3998 IMG_3999

And so the sad part of the day came after a grueling two hours of traffic and bumpy, pot holed roads when I finally bailed and called it a day. When I got to the hotel, I checked out the bikes more closely and noticed that they had both jiggled off the little saddle holders on the bike rack and mine was nastily scratched. 🙁 I was really quite upset about that, but I was also just coming off a brutal rush hour and was tired and hungry. Still, my pretty blue bike has a couple of boo-boos and I’m not happy about it.

IMG_4001 IMG_4003

I can’t get touch up paint to match, but the company says I could use model paint or nail polish. Anyone got any blue nail polish on them?

At least my day tomorrow might be shorter since I’ve gone a little extra the past two days. I wanted that cushion in case the border crossing takes time. Tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, I should be in Canada!

Total miles for the day: 535.8, Total engine time: 8 hours, 44 min

3 thoughts on “Lincoln to Hobart

Leave a Reply