Blessed by good driving weather--cloudy most of the time, and I never wound up going through any heavy rain.
It was such a treat to drive through such gorgeous countryside, a great deal of which was new to me. Everything is verdant in June, and I loved the views of woodlands, farmland, hills, and the gorgeous bluffs by the Mississippi. I definitely have a higher opinion of Iowa, but it was neat to drive through parts of four states on Saturday.
Found two places I'd love to take my mom sometime--Dubuque and Guttenberg, and next to Guttenberg was the most unique scenic overlook I've visited. Because locals were selling jam, maple syrup, and honey from the area. So I did some granola ingredients shopping after I took in the view!
My first time staying in a hotel room alone while also traveling alone, and it went very well. Loved the free cookies and the continental breakfast was fantastic.
I will NOT need to drive so far in August--John Bevere is coming to my state, and actually a nearby suburb! =)