Day 25 – Des Moines, Iowa to Columbus, Ohio

Day 25 – Des Moines, Iowa to Columbus, Ohio

This is going to be short.  Today, we drove and drove and drove…

We had arrived in Des Moines around 3 a.m. and left the hotel this morning at 7 a.m. after scarfing down breakfast.  We had a ten-hour drive, not counting in any bathroom or food stops or the hour time change we anticipated.  It was going to be a long day in the van.  Like I said in my earlier blog, we knew these two long days of driving were coming.  We had to push at the end of our trip to get home by the end of the four weeks.

Our goal was to get to our friend’s house in Columbus for a late dinner.  Originally, our next stop was to be the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.  But when we heard that my friend, Rebecca, would be out-of-town if we came later in the week, we switched our itinerary.  We’d drive farther east to make sure we saw her and then head back west to the Creation Museum.

We took 80 east through Iowa.  The state reminded me of Arkansas – miles and miles of cornfields as far as the eye could see.

Near LeClaire, Iowa (home of the original store of the History Channel’s American Pickers), we crossed back over the Mississippi River and entered Illinois on the other side.

As we drove through Illinois and Indiana, we saw that the highways we drove on were in desperate need of repair.  Still more cornfields though.  I guess we produce and consume a lot of corn in the U.S.A.

Eventually, we did “lose” an hour as we drove back into our home time zone – the Eastern Time Zone.

At one point as Emma Grace drove, Jimmy and I sat in the backseat and imitated the kids:

“How much time do we have left?”

“I have no room back here!”

“Get your feet off my pillow!”

“You’re crushing my stuff!”

“Where’s my charger?  You took my charger!”

We thought we were pretty funny.  The kids chuckled a little too.

In Richmond, Indiana – we passed a huge billboard that read, “Jesus is the answer America.”  AMEN!

Today was a two Redbox movie day.  Thankfully, you can take Redbox movies across state lines.  These movies would end up three states east.

We finally arrived in Columbus at our friend’s house at 9 p.m. where they made us a great homemade dinner – spaghetti pie, salad, and bread.  We were so hungry.

But the best part was seeing our old friends after so many years.  George and Rebecca lived in NC, were in our church small group, and moved away for his job 10 years ago.  It was so fun to see their kids grown up and for them to see our kids.  That’s been one of my favorite parts of this trip – spending time with old friends.

We stayed up until midnight (even though we were exhausted) chatting and catching up.  Thankfully, we had another day tomorrow to enjoy with them.  As one of Jimmy’s favorite fishing buddies, tomorrow was sure to be a good day to make some more fishing memories.

Thank you, Lord, for reuniting us with dear friends.  As Rebecca said, “Even though it’s been 10 years, it feels like 10 minutes.”

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