I’m taking a day off from driving. I arrived in Panora, IA yesterday afternoon much in need of rest. I’ve done laundry, washed my car, sorted some pictures, played with my mother-in-law’s dog, and eaten way too much. It’s all good.
Here’s were I was and what I did Tuesday the 19th (Day 6).
I started the day in Pickstown, SD having gotten some very nice shots of the Ft. Randall dam at dusk the night before.
There was only one dam on the list for the day, Gavin’s Point Dam near Yankton, SD. About 70 miles away. This is another of the Corps of Engineer’s Missouri River dams. Though this one is altogether too civilized. They mow the bloody dam. All of it. With John Deere riding mowers. There were four of them out when I was there. (Lawn mowing is the official state sport in Iowa. Yankton must Just a little too close to the border to have escaped from the mania.)
There is a power generation unit in the midst of all that lawn.
Just after I left the Gavin’s Point dam I got into Iowa. No, it’s not really all this flat. Yes, all the roads are straight and all the intersections are perfect right angles. (almost)
At about 4pm just as I was driving through Guthrie Center — the next town west — I got a call from my MIL who’d just gotten home. “come on over” So I did and who wouldn’t have a better day if they saw this little bugger jumping up and down in the driveway.
Day 6 Route:
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