Our main focus for today is buying a month’s worth of groceries before we park in Sioux Falls, SD tomorrow. We know we will be there through Labor Day in order to get all of the paperwork done to establish our new state of residency. This is kind of a test for us to see whether or not we can plan and carry enough food with us for a month or more and still be able to eat as we normally do. Being able to do this keeps us from having to make frequent grocery trips on the bike when we are parked for long periods of time. Keep in mind that we don’t usually eat out, so I plan on being able to get 40 breakfasts, 40 lunches and 40 suppers from what we bought today. We also have to factor in toiletries, cleaning supplies and paper products.
We headed north out of Kansas City this morning. The trip through Missouri was filled with fields of corn and soybeans. For a while the fields were planted on rolling hills-very pretty. I lost the best picture of the day when I forgot to put the data card back in the camera. It perfectly captured the rolling terrain, the sun and shadows were just right to accent it. Then the fields turned to huge flat fields you couldn’t see the end of. At that point Highway 29 seemed to be in a flat valley between two hilly areas. This corn is taller than it looks, the highway is raised above the field.
When we crossed into Iowa I was amazed by the number of small to medium lakes and swampy areas. To me the area wasn’t very pretty, there were a lot of bushes and trees that were leafless and dead. Things just didn’t look as vibrant as they did in Missouri.Council Bluffs, Iowa was our destination for today, just across the river from Omaha, Nebraska. That will leave us with about 180 miles to get into Sioux Falls tomorrow.
We found the local Wal-Mart and made our purchases.
Needless to say, the freezer, fridge and pantry are filled to capacity. I was surprised that we only had to store 3 bottles of juice and some paper towels and toilet tissue underneath in the “basement” storage area. After putting all of that away I’m too tired to go out and take pictures of where we are this evening.