Eclipse 2017: Leg 5

Tillie got me up at 6 AM CDT for walkies.

I secured a site for two days in Onawa, IA.

We packed up and left Oxford, IA, around 10:30 AM CDT, and saw this sign as we exited the campground.

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We had to stop at the next exit on I-80 because Tillie had dropped her bone outside her crate. Resolved that issue and pressed onward. Stopped at a rest area just east of Des Moines for a break.

In Des Moines, we stopped at a Price Chopper supermarket for groceries and lunch. Then we stopped at a Pet Smart, 4 miles later, for pet supplies (we love our dogs).

We got back on I-80 and continued to travel west. Along the way, we traveled through two large wind farms. This one is near Walnut, IA, where we stopped for fuel and a break.

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Toby Two got carsick, so we needed another doggy bed. I found a place in Council Bluffs to buy them and we diverted there. Did I mention how much we love our dogs?

We then proceeded northbound on I-29 and made one more rest stop. We arrived at our campsite for the weekend in Onawa, IA at 7:45 PM CDT.

After we got set up, we got the TV tuned, and the news was covering a severe thunderstorm with tornado vortex signatures (TVS) and hen egg size hail (I love Iowa). The storms were well to our northeast so no worries at our campsite.

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We plan to stay in Onawa until Sunday to recharge, relax and do some housekeeping Our pups need a break as well.

I tried to find a site around Des Moines but The Iowa State Fair, and an LPGA golf tournament, were in progress so all the campgrounds within an hours drive were booked. Our current site is less than 3 hours from our eclipse site, and we will travel there on Sunday.

Forecast at the time of the eclipse at our site is still calling for mostly sunny.