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If there was one thing I didn’t calculate into this trip, it was the energy it would actually take.  Driving alone, navigating, hopping in and out of the truck,  and photographing all day is hard work!  By the end of the day, I am finding myself to be pretty exhausted.  I thought the first two days were because of the long drive and then dealing with a breakdown, but now I realize it is just the full day schedule. Probably that and the fact that I am not eating much with trying to catch up on the schedule!  My hope is that I will soon get used to it, but because of that, my posts will probably be shorter and I may miss a few days here and there, even if I have internet.

Today, I drove about 276 miles, which was about 216 as to progress forward, about the extra I expected for actually looking around and the occasional getting lost.  I was on the road for about 14 hours.  About half way through the day, I realized that I was not traveling between towns as I would have liked.  The gps was throwing me onto the highway, which is US34 through these parts, and throwing me up spurs to the towns.  I was missing the dirt roads between.  So, I rerouted myself while at lunch, in Chariton, IA to follow the back ways into towns.  So, instead of pavement, I was on dirt and gravel.  A variety of surfaces and sometimes no surface!

One of the few "brownish" roads, most are stark white

One of the few "brownish" roads, most are stark white

Sometimes they get a little dicey--and this wasn't the worst!

Sometimes they get a little dicey--and this wasn't the worst!

My day ended in Burlington, IA, and I skipped a couple of towns to get here before too late, but the light was pretty much gone anyway.  Stayed in a nice little motel, the Arrowhead Motel.  So, I sit here on the Mississippi and leave Iowa for Illinois as almost my first activity of the day.

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