Problems! …Resolved Nicely
I snapped the above photo at the I-80 Truck Stop in Iowa, minutes before I left. I’ve seen several, and am always amazed at the sheer size of them. Wow.
About an hour after starting out for a town park in Casey, Iowa my Garmin Nuvi started throwing alarms about stopped traffic ahead and rerouted me onto old U.S. highways. Then it complained about severe traffic backups and closed roads, and routed me tens of miles perpendicular to where I was wanting to go. That costs serious money in fuel. I turned around and headed back to I-80, finding that, in the end, it was all bogus. I ignored its dire predictions of closed roads, and barreled westward. Everything was fine, and I’d lost maybe 20 miles and $8 in wasted fuel on the multiple detours.
I pulled in to Casey and found their town park, and was not impressed. The $5 boondocking fee had changed to $10 and said to check in with the nonexistent attendant. I felt uncomfortable there, and decided to press on toward tomorrow’s stop, some 200+ miles away. It would mean an arrival time of 7 PM, which I was okay with. Lo and behold, there was a rest stop a few miles down on I-80, complete with washrooms, and Wi-Fi, which is what I’m posting this with. I suspect there’s enough signal strength and bandwidth that I’ll be able to enjoy my repast while watching Netflix this evening! Is this awesome or what?
So, I’m enjoying my afternoon drinky-poo while typing this at the desktop computer, and am looking forward to an evening’s entertainment perusing the atlases and watching a movie or documentary. Maybe something esoteric and intellectual, like Larry the Cable Guy. Iowa’s rest areas are awesome!