July 1, 2016 – Altoona, IA to North Sioux City, SD

We continued our westward trek across I-80 and then north in I-29.  Aside from the predictable silos,

Old Silo Along I-29, South of Sioux City, IA - 2016-07-01

Silo Along I-29, South of Sioux City, IA - 2016-07-01

barns,

Old Barn Along I-29, South of Sioux City, IA - 2016-07-01

Old Barns Along I-80 in Western Iowa - 2106-07-01

Old Red Roof Barn Along I-29, South of Sioux City, IA - 2016-07-01

and fields of corn and hay,

TERRACED FIELDS 3

HAY AND CORN FIELDS 2 - Copy

HAY AND CORN FIELDS

wind turbine farms ,

Wind Turbine Farm Along I-80 in Western IA - 2016-07-01

While the blades look modest in size when mounted … the actually dwarf even large semis when seen up close.

WIND TURBINE BLADEand, oh yes …

DeSoto, IA - 2016-07-01

I-80 West of Urbandale, IA - 2016-07-01

Adair, IA - 2016-07-01

I had not realized that rolling hills

ROLLING HILLS

CORN AND GRASS

dominated the western Iowa landscape, except in the eight to ten mile wide plains bordering the Missouri River.

More surprising was that many of the farms were terraced

TERRACED FIELDS 5

TERRACED FIELDS 3

much the same way as the Incas farmed the mountains of Peru and as many modern day peoples do in more vertical areas.

We passed a sculpture of two birds in flight, we assume to commemorate the fact that this area is one of the great North American migration flyways.

Migrating Birds Sculpture Along I-80 in Western IA - 2016-07-01

Passing through Sioux City, IA, we saw the monument which honors Charles Floyd, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, who died of acute appendicitis on the upstream voyage in 1804 and was buried here.

Sargeant Charles Floyd Monument, Sioux City, IA - 2016-07-01

Finally we crossed into

Welcome to South Dakota, I-29 - 2016-07-01

where we’ll spend the better part of the next week, including the July 4th holiday.

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