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Fall 2017

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This old millhouse lies along State Route 64 in eastern Iowa, built more than a hundred years ago when water powered a whole lot of businesses. www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 81 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02 one for 50 cents. After the stop, it was time to get south to U.S. 30, which took me southeast to Cedar Rapids. Pulling out my reproduced "1916 Road Guide to the Lincoln Highway," I read that Cedar Rapids was a biggish city even back then, with 40,000 people, even bigger today, with 120,000. The guidebook says: "Heavy rains can make this portion of the Highway difficult to travel." Also, "Local speed limit 15-20 mph, enforced." No problem today as U.S. 30 is a 65-mph freeway skirting the southern edge of town, before reverting to a two-laner. As I noted before, most of U.S. 30 in Iowa is still two lanes—the kind of road any sensible motorcyclist likes to travel on. Moving along through the countryside I aimed for a night in Marshalltown, where the guidebook said that back in 1916 the local speed limit of 15 mph was not enforced. While having supper at a diner I struck up a conversation with some regulars and asked about the upcoming political hoopla in nearby Ames, when all the Republican candidates would be showing up for some sort of straw-vote ballot. "Don't affect us none," was the response, "but those folks in Ames sure appreciate all the money that show brings in." There are definitely unseen benefits to the multi-layered financing of political campaigns. One of the locals, a Vietnam vet, told me the last American casualty in Vietnam was a Marshalltown native, Lance Corporal Darwin Judge, a Marine guard at the U.S. Embassy during the fall of Saigon in 1975. Iowa has always served its country well in time of war, at great expense. A city park now honors his name. Just to add to that sad reminder, the vet told me that the first American death in World War II was also an Iowa native, U.S. Army Captain Robert Losey, from a little town called Andrew. He was a military attaché helping to evacuate U.S. embassy personnel from Norway after the German attack on that country in April of 1940. This is the price we pay for freedom.

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