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Iowa 80 - The World's Largest Truckstop

Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10:30 pm


Greetings from Iowa 80Greetings from Iowa 80

On our second cross-country road trip of 2019, we headed north to I-80. Our first major stop of the trip was the world-famous Iowa 80 Truckstop - The World's Largest Truckstop.


Exit to Iowa 80 TruckstopExit to Iowa 80 Truckstop

On the eastern edge of Iowa, not far from the Mississippi River is a place like no other in the world. The Iowa 80 Truckstop, now the World’s Largest Truckstop, established its home here in 1964 and is now in itself a home away from home to countless drivers and a destination for travelers as well. Some say Iowa 80 Truckstop is like a small city, others have likened it to a Trucker’s Disneyland, all agree it is a place not to be missed.


Iowa 80 TruckstopIowa 80 Truckstop

Iowa 80 Truckstop features eight restaurants that serve 1 million cups of coffee and 90 tons of meat annually. There are twenty-four private showers and restrooms, a game room, and a Driver's Den Lounge. The lounge provides leather chairs and a fireplace for relaxing. Iowa 80 also features a business center with fax machines, logbooks & trip report forms and working stations. A 60-seat movie theater and an on-site barbershop are available. The most unexpected facilities, though, may be the dentist's office and the chiropractic clinic.


We're glad you're hereWe're glad you're here

Iowa 80 Truckstop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and hasn't closed since opening day in 1964.


Iowa 80 TruckstopIowa 80 Truckstop


One of Iowa 80 Truckstop displaysOne of Iowa 80 Truckstop displays


Visiting the world-famous Iowa 80Visiting the world-famous Iowa 80


Fun facts display in Iowa 80Fun facts display in Iowa 80


Iowa 80 trucking displayIowa 80 trucking display


Massive shopping areas at Iowa 80Massive shopping areas at Iowa 80


One more checked off our bucket listOne more checked off our bucket list

Bonneville Salt Flats

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019, 9:59 pm


Terry and Janet on the Bonneville Salt FlatsTerry and Janet on the Bonneville Salt Flats

Imagine a place so flat you seem to see the curvature of the planet, so barren not even the simplest life forms can exist.

The Bonneville Salt Flats is one of the most unique natural features in Utah, stretching over 30,000 acres. It is located along I-80 near the Utah-Nevada border. This was one the top bucket list locations to visit on our cross-country road trips in 2019. To say we enjoyed our time there would be major understatement. We absolutely loved it. So much so we visited on both of our cross-country road trips of 2019! If it's not on your bucket list, add it immediately.


Our view of the Bonneville Salt FlatsOur view of the Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats is a densely packed salt pan in Tooele County in northwestern Utah. The area is a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Bonneville and is the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake. The property is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and is known for land speed records at the "Bonneville Speedway". Access to the flats is open to the public.

The famous Bonneville Speedway is located in the western portion of the flats, near Wendover. It is perfectly flat and has a thick crust of salty soil. It looks like a frozen lake bed covered with snow. No vegetation grows in that area.


Driving on the Bonneville SpeedwayDriving on the Bonneville Speedway

Perhaps the most impressive spot to view the Salt Flats is along along I-80, about 10 miles east of Wendover. A rest stop has been established there (offering restrooms and water). The rest area is surrounded by perfectly flat land that looks like it is covered by snow. To the north and west, low mountains break the view. To the east and south, it looks like flat land extends virtually forever.

At the rest stop you can walk out onto the salty soil. When you return, a water spray station has been set up so you can wash the salt from your shoes.


Bonneville Salt FlatsBonneville Salt Flats

This is not an alien world far from earth; it is Utah's famous Bonneville Salt Flats.

Solar power by AM Solar

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2019, 11:11 pm


Victron Color Control GX with BMV-712 in our Airstream Classic 30Victron Color Control GX with BMV-712 in our Airstream Classic 30

On our first cross-country trip of 2019, we traveled from east Tennessee to AM Solar in Springfield, Oregon for a week-long solar upgrade appointment. AM Solar has installed power systems on thousands of vehicles and built a highly respected reputation in the RV world as the leader in solar power.

Our solar rep was Roger Carroll. Roger is a full-time RVer and has been with AM Solar since 2009. He is extremely customer focused and knowledgeable about AM Solar products. Over the course of several weeks, he helped us determine the solar requirements for our Airstream Classic 30 and all aspects of the installation. Working with Roger and the installation crew at AM Solar was easily one of the best purchase experiences we've ever had.

Our new solar setup consists primarily of the following.

  • 6 - Zamp Solar ZS98 100-watt Solar Panels (600 watts)
  • 2 - LifeBlue LiFePO4 12V300Ah Lithium Batteries (600Ah)
  • 1 - Victron Color Control GX Monitor
  • 1 - Victron SmartSolar MPPT 100/50 (50A)
  • 1 - Victron BMV-712 Battery Monitor
  • 1 - Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter/Charger with Smart ATS
  • 1 - Easy Start Kit (for A/C Start Assist)

How does it perform? Amazing. We can now travel indefinitely without ever removing the power cord from the trunk.


Sunday arrival at AM Solar in Springfield, OregonSunday arrival at AM Solar in Springfield, Oregon


We arrive at AM Solar after a 4000 mile journeyWe arrive at AM Solar after a 4000 mile journey


Blue welcomes Gadget to AM SolarBlue welcomes Gadget to AM Solar


Pulling into AM Solar work bayPulling into AM Solar work bay


AM Solar crew waiting to get startedAM Solar crew waiting to get started


Airstream inside AM Solar bayAirstream inside AM Solar bay


AM Solar impressive work prepAM Solar impressive work prep


In the work bay at AM SolarIn the work bay at AM Solar


Work commences at AM SolarWork commences at AM Solar


Roof preparation for solar panelsRoof preparation for solar panels


6-100 watt solar panel installation at AM Solar6-100 watt solar panel installation at AM Solar


6-100 watt solar panels installed by AM Solar6-100 watt solar panels installed by AM Solar


Dual 300, 600Ah LifeBlue lithium batteries with Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter Dual 300, 600Ah LifeBlue lithium batteries with Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter


Victron SmartSolar MPPT 100/50 (50A) charge controllerVictron SmartSolar MPPT 100/50 (50A) charge controller


Dual 300, 600Ah LifeBlue lithium batteries, Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter installation Dual 300, 600Ah LifeBlue lithium batteries, Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter installation


Solar installation complete and powering our Airstream for first timeSolar installation complete and powering our Airstream for first time


Ready for departure from AM SolarReady for departure from AM Solar


Thank you, AM Solar!Thank you, AM Solar!

This is not a paid promotion for AM Solar. We are just happy customers with a life-changing level of freedom in our Airstream travels. Thank you, AM Solar!

Hoover Dam

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 11:55 am


Hoover Dam from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial BridgeHoover Dam from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

We stopped to see the incredible and massive Hoover Dam on our first cross-country of 2019.

Most of the photos here are from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. As the world’s tallest concrete arch bridge, it is the first concrete-steel arch composite bridge in the United States and towers 880 feet over Hoover Dam. The 1,905-foot-long man made bridge connects both Nevada and Arizona roadways, so it’s fitting that it’s named the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, as it honors a hero from each state. The massive engineered wonder is the widest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.


Janet holding on tight to Gaddie Janet holding on tight to Gaddie


Airstream at Hoover DamAirstream at Hoover Dam


State #7 of our Westward RoadtripState #7 of our Westward Roadtrip


Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial BridgeMike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

Standin' on the corner in Winslow Arizona

Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019, 5:32 pm


Standin' on the corner in Winslow ArizonaStandin' on the corner in Winslow Arizona

After literally decades of wishing and hoping, Terry was thrilled to be “Standin' on the Corner in Winslow Arizona.”

Winslow, Arizona was one of the top must-stop exits off I-40 on our first cross-country trip to the west coast in 2019. A few miles east of Winslow, we queued up "Take It Easy," cranked up the volume, hit Play and let it play on repeat until we reached the exit. Airstream travel is a blast.


Janet standin' on the corner...Janet standin' on the corner...

Standin' on the Corner Park is a public park in Winslow, Arizona, opened in 1999, commemorating the song "Take It Easy."

Written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, “Take it Easy” was originally recorded by the Eagles with Glenn Frey singing lead vocals. It was the band’s first single and was released on May 1, 1972. The song was praised as the “best sounding rock single to come out so far this year…catchy, winding melody, intelligent, affirmative lyrics, a progressively powerful arrangement …” -- Bud Scoppa in his original 1972 Rolling Stone review.


It's a girl, my Lord, in a flat-bed FordIt's a girl, my Lord, in a flat-bed Ford


Terry hanging with Glenn FryeTerry hanging with Glenn Frye


Winslow, ArizonaWinslow, Arizona


Admiring the scene at Standin' on the CornerAdmiring the scene at Standin' on the Corner


Route 66 roadside attraction dedicationRoute 66 roadside attraction dedication


Savoring the moment from a sidewalk cafeSavoring the moment from a sidewalk cafe


A happy camper...A happy camper...

Visit Standin' on the Corner website to learn more.

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