|First time I've ever slept at a gas station|
|Why? Just why?|
|The Acadian isn't the only thing from Canada in Iowa.|
The highlight scenic attraction, if you can call it that, was the World's Largest Truck Stop on I-80. Jacob knew all about it from watching the reality TV show about it. Yes, really, they made a TV show about it and someone actually watched it. The place was big and definitely a tourist stop, but I don't know that it's bigger than a Buc-Eez. I didn't get a chance to ask our Texas contingent their thoughts.
|As seen on TV|
|Couldn't pass up the easy photo op|
We initially thought about having a light snack there until Tara found "The Machine Shed" restaurant a few miles down the road. It was a farm themed restaurant and they went for broke with the theme. The food was good ole comfort food and really hit the spot.
|The Machine Shed|
|Decor is somewhere between Cracker Barrel and Tractor Supply Co.|
|Drone photo Tara stole from Facebook-we were parked under the trees by the grandstand building|
|perfect parking spot.|
It was too hot to walk around and take pictures of cars, so I joined Tara in the shade. We were witness to one of the most exciting and horrific scenes of the day. The modified blue Dodge Hellcat Challenger next to us that dyno-ed at 789 rear wheel horsepower was all packed up ready to leave when he decided to rev his engine a few times for the crowd. It sounded bad-ass and then it didn't. He threw a connecting rod through the block and completely destroyed his motor. There was nothing anyone could do as it bled out onto the pavement. It'll be a long trailer ride back to GA for them.
|cleanup aisle 1|
|He didn't have a motor in the trailer|
Late in the afternoon, we headed for our hotel, the Blackhawk, in downtown Davenport. It's a historic hotel that was built in 1914. The lobby was beautiful and when we got to our room, we were stunned. It was a monster suite that took up the whole middle section of the u-shaped hotel, complete with balcony.
The hotel also has a basement martini bar and bowling alley, so we had some pre-dinner drinks with Jacob and then headed to the Duck City Bistro for dinner. It was a bit on the pricey side, but the food was AMAZING.
|A much different drinking experience than last night's moonshine|
|The wine list is a duck!!!|
Before heading back to the hotel, we decided to walk off dinner by checking out the Radisson "VIP" Power Tour parking lot and then the tail end of a station wagon meet-up along the Mississippi River. On the way to the River, I saw a B5 blue Road Runner that looked an awful lot like my GTX.
|A familiar face|
|1969 Camaro with a 427 and a Viper Coupe|
|I have never seen so Buick Skylark/GS cars as on this trip. Here's 2 of at least 8|
|They may not have been cool back then (and some not now), but they make great Power Tour cars|
|It's a pretty good dam picture, if you ask me.|