Now it's my gut that's giving me trouble: Stomach cramps and diarrhea. Wooo.
I went back on the road two days ago. The first motel that I ended up staying at is as seedy as a corn field in the Spring. I should have taken pictures. But actually, it was enough just to close my eyes and sleep there...such as it was.
It only cost me thirty-five dollars and the surrounding area was quiet, all night long.
Iowa is experiencing a sort of January heat-wave right now . And after getting two good rides yesterday, I ended up sitting on the side of a hill for hours. The good thing about it was the fact that the day turned very warm (up to 64F where I was sitting) and the sun felt good on my face. The bad thing was the fact that nobody picked me up.
I watched grain-haulers roar by, while farmers on tractors rolled down the road at a much slower speed. At the end of the traffic parade, were the Amish folks in their buggies...led by horses that almost seemed to have more get-up-and-go than the tractors did.
People waved at me, stuck their thumbs out, smiled and laughed. It was a beautiful day and nobody at that junction point seemed concerned about whether or not I got a ride.
After five hours, I finally gave up, got up and started walking down the shoulder of the highway. The sun was low in the sky and I knew that it would be dark, soon. That fact was going to create a whole new set of problems for me.
Fortunately, a man, who is originally from Missouri and is a transplant to the South Central Iowa area, stopped his rig and picked me up. He drove me all the way to where I am now. And along the way, he told me (in no uncertain terms) why he hates the people in this area. He pronounced the local people: "cold-hearted jerks."
Whoa. Yes, he did.
And he isn't the only one that offered me that reaction.
I don't know what to make of it.
Right now, I am in "The Dungeon."
That is the name that the folks at this place, gave to this particular room, because it doesn't have any windows.
Nice place, eh?
So are the people here.
But some people say, that the folks in this part of Iowa, aren't cool. Go figure.
I just think that this State has a lot of germs floating around.