USA & Canada 2007

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More of Iowa

We drove from Davenport on the eastern side of Iowa to Sioux City on the western side of the state (about 370 miles).

The scenery was beautiful. One think that really strikes me is how clear the air is. This makes the sun shine brighter and the colors of the vegetation are much more vivid. It was mile after mile of corn and soy beans.

Upon departing Davenport we had to fuel the car. What better place to do it than IOWA-80 the largest truck stop in the world. (Exit 284 on route 80). For the men out there it is like a giant toy store.

I had seen the facility before in a television show about trucking that was shown on the National Geographic cable channel. Their parking lot holds 800 trucks. It is so ''full service'' that they even have a dentist office open 24/7 along with a chiropractor.

In Davenport I purchase an XM Satellite radio. I should have gotten one of these when we first moved to Florida. While the NY area has just about everything you want to hear on the radio, once you depart that area, radio is rather bland.

On the satellite radio we were able to hear the Yankees game (unfortunately they lost 6-2) however, we can also get CNN, FOX and all there other TV new (just the audio of course). There are about 200 stations with a minimum number of commercials on some and no commercials on others.

If anyone is interested in purchasing one, contact me to get an analysis of the difference between XM and Sirius brands of satellite radio and some of the tricks to installing the system.