Last Days Driving through Iowa - with some unforgettable sights!

Day 9 & 10 (Oct 1-2) found us STILL crossing Iowa! Even though Miss Hilda and I were outfitted with a map, I had never realized how vast Iowa really is! And the miles upon miles of farmland were dotted with incredible windfarms. Miss Hilda was almost pushed off the road a few times by powerful wind gusts!

But the best part of this trip was our visit to the world renowned rock-n-roll shrine: The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa! The Surf Ballroom is where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper played their last gig. And almost everyone in the music business has played at, or visited, the Surf Ballroom! Really!CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO BELOW:

We met Wayne Christgau who is the heart of the Surf Ballroom. He is the official Facility Maintenance man, but he does it all: historian, the Master of Ceremonies who introduces most of the bands, good will ambassador and all-around great guy!

He even gave us a private screening of a new video he helped put together that highlights the history of the Surf Ballroom.

miss hilda, surf ballroom, 1966 vw bug

Wayne was recently inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Congrats to Wayne!

Still putting through Iowa to try to reach South Dakota!

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