Stopped to get gas and a car wash-- typing this during the rinse. It's weird being in O-town and not working here. Some stuff has changed: a new fleet farm, and an old house next to the subway torn down.
Gas prices in Owatonna are 30 cents a gallon cheaper than Minneapolis.
[1:40 PM, Flying J truck stop, about 60 miles and change from Des Moines]
Wi-fi access from a truck stop. I'm digging this. Although it turns out you have to pay for it. I'll wait.
Radio is the savior of the day. This drive is b-o-r-i-n-g. Lots of agricultural land, and a cool wind farm just south of the iowa border-- huge, must be square miles.
[2:55 PM, Urbandale Iowa, Comfort Inn]
Well, I'm here. Checked in, still haven't unpacked the vehicle, but the wireless access is working. It's only 802.11b, so it's a little slower than I'd like, but still serviceable. The room is pretty small, but it has a king size bed, and it's still bigger than that crappy place I stayed at in Knoxville.
Gas prices in Des Moines are almost 40 cents cheaper than Minneapolis. And it's currently 60 degrees. Almost all of the snow is gone, with the exception of a few low spots.
I have to make a trek over to John Deere to see where it is I'll be going. And then back to maybe have dinner at Bennigan's and some enhanced hot tub time.
Sinuses cleared up considerably after I picked up some Propel "sports drink" at the Flying J. That and a gallon of spring water. I think I was dehyderated.
More later maybe.