But Honey Badger and her buddy George don't care! We had a great night's sleep!
And today we traveled through Nebraska and part of Iowa and discovered the best rest stop in the country - so far.
Here it is - located just east of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
And it features:
Beautiful flowers planted at the entrance....
Lovely gardens and picnic tables in the back...
As well as really clean, nice bathrooms and murals on the walls AND
The State of Iowa Welcome Center!
I had really hoped to see some original Oregon Trail wagon ruts but the rest stop that advertised those was closed! Bummer - but as we looked out at the landscape we consoled ourselves knowing that this is kind of what it looked like back in the day. (you know, without the trucks and miles of corn) And when we crossed the Platte River it looked exactly as the Oregon Trail diaries had described it - wide and shallow and muddy.
I wish I could say this is our hotel - but it's the State Capitol Building. Pretty! In fact Des Moines seems like a really nice town!