From East Hazel Crest to Sioux Falls

June 27, 2009 22:53 – 22:53

I need to start making audio notes so I can remember what I did. I left East Hazel Crest at about 8:30 this morning. I decided to play Garmin roulette and see if there was anyplace interesting along the route.

Not far from where I was at that point, it told me that Reagan’s boyhood home was in Dixon, IL. I wasn’t a Reagan fan, but childhood homes are always interesting to look at. Only, in this case, I had a strange sense of déjà vu. I’ll have to ask Karen if we visited there previously. Karen usually likes the insides and the outsides, while I generally prefer to look at the outside.

Between there and Sioux Falls, I did quite a bit of shun-piking. The Illinois countryside is rather picturesque. Here’s a bit of what I saw along the way.

For lunch, I stopped at a Subway just west of Dubuque. There’s some really beautiful scenery along the Mississippi… but, there was no place to stop that coincided with good scenery.

For dinner in Sioux Falls, I Googled, and discovered a place called Bob’s Carry Out. So, I decided to head there. They start with a ball of not-lean ground beef and flatten it on the griddle with a spatula. I specified grilled onions, so they grilled about a half cup of fresh onions. They gave me a choice of like five different kinds of cheese. “Can I mix two?” “Sure,” was the reply. So, I had them mix American and shredded cheddar, which provided a medium sharp flavor. Served on a toasted bun with crisp lettuce, Bob (just the one guy) runs rings around Five Guys. Actually… Bob had three guys and one gal when I was there, and Bob wasn’t there. He had been in twice earlier in the day, though. I’m told that “next time” (and I’m sure there will be a next time), I should try their chicken.

Tomorrow, I continue west to Buffalo, Wyoming, as a prelude to Yellowstone. I also plan to make a couple of stops in western South Dakota along the way.

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