Look out Iowa. This bastard is headed your way.

Momentarily Anne and I will be setting out on a road trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a long holiday weekend visit with her best friend from college. I’ve been married to Anne for 8 years and we’ve been a couple for a decade now and I’ve yet to meet her BF because, well, she and her husband are in Iowa. Anne decided it was time we corrected that and started planning this trip awhile back. This trip is what got me my new Garmin Nuvi 360 GPS so I can’t complain. I’ll be taking both my newly refurbished Canon digital camera as well as the RCA Small Wonder camcorder to see if there’s anything interesting to document on the highways and byways as we make the eight hour drive. I’ll have my laptop with me so I should be able to check in on email and the blog over the weekend assuming there’s a wireless hotspot within range of where I am.

It’s been awhile since I’ve driven a long distance like this, last time was in my late twenties, so it should be interesting to see how well I hold up.

12 thoughts on “Look out Iowa. This bastard is headed your way.

  1. Also I don’t know where your wife’s BF lives in Cedar Rapids but from my house I can pick up a dozen or so wireless networks from my neighbors. Though they are all secured, so not much help there but maybe your wife’s BF’s neighbors are more open with their networks.  Other places with wifi around Cedar Rapids include a variety of coffee shops (Starbucks, Panera, Coffee Talk Cafe, etc..). Our public library used to have (very slow) free wifi before the flood, but I don’t know if they set that up in their current, temporary location.

    As for interesting stuff along the way… From my November trip to Saginaw, I would say most of the interesting scenery is up in Michigan.

  2. When I first started reading this article I was wondering why the heck you would be meeting an ex boyfriend of Anne… (as that’s how I usually translate BF).  Then I realized you mean best friend.

    Anyways, have a fun trip, we just made a roughly 8 hour trip this past weekend from Dallas to Corpus Christi.  Just make sure to bring some tunes and have a good time.

  3. We made it here just fine about an hour ago. Manzabar, you’re quite right. All of the roadside conversion crap we saw was in Michigan. The only interesting stuff we saw once we left our state was a place claiming to be the World’s Biggest Truck Stop and a bunch of gas stations with the perverse name “Kum & Go.”

  4. I’m glad you are traveling this weekend.
    I had to cancel plans to drive to Ohio for my high school Alumni Assn banquet.  Reservation no-refund.

    My mother is not happy, but some situations are beyond our wishes.

    DOF is walking slowly around the house and even down the sidewalk, eating small amounts, wearing draw-string pants after his adventure with modern medical care and good job benefits.

  5. Well if they called it “Gone &Went;”.  They would surely be out of business! Sorry late night humor.  Have a great time big brother!

  6. Managed to get a pretty nasty sunburn on my left arm during the drive here. It didn’t occur to me until it was too late that that might happen. Oops.

  7. I was born and raised in Iowa, not far from the I-80 Truck Stop (biggest in the world, so they say). Not there anymore though.

    I’m quite familiar with the Kum & Go stores. We like to call them “Ejaculate & Evacuate”.

  8. Oops. By “Not there anymore though”, I wasn’t referring to the truck stop (it is still there, as you saw), I meant “I’m not in Iowa anymore.” As you can see by the little German flag by my name, I’m really far away…

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