The route today took us through long miles of corn fields. This seemed to be more corn crops than we had ever seen in one place. Of course we were seeing only a small part of Iowa. A little research on arriving in Clear Lake and sure enough Iowa produces 13.5 million acres of corn claimed to be more than any other place in the world. The route was gently rolling with no wind but hot and humid. We started riding at 6 am and we agreed that starting even earlier would have been better. We could not find a paved alternative to US 18 today until the final 10 miles. Good thing that it was a Sunday and the truck traffic was very light.
Clear Lake is an Iowa resort area with boating, fishing, and camping. Countless pontoon boats docked at the lake and in the lake