Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 36: Columbus, Nebraska to Knoxville, Iowa

Rolling at 08:08 we head into Fremont for a quick look at the tourist railroad, which only operates at weekends. We stop by a couple of yard sales which are a bust. We carry on to Elkhorn via the brick pavement of the old Lincoln Highway.
We stop by the smart dealer at LaVista, annexed to a Chrysler dealer, to see if we can get an oil change and a headlamp bulb. The sour-faced service receptionist says: "All the mechanics are going to lunch." This dealership proves a waste of time.
We cross over the Missouri River into the rolling hills of Iowa and take Hwy 92 to Griswold where we lunch at Our Daily Bread, a family-run cafe. The weather turns wet. We have to detour back to I-80 due to roadworks. We stop at a site near Adair where the James Gang staged the first train robbery in 1873. We then cut south to Winterset, to see the birthplace of John Wayne.
We are spending the night at the Red Carpet Motel in Knoxville, just down the street from the sprint car stadium which is the home of the Knoxville Nationals.

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