So, we headed out at about 11pm last night…
…and drove some more…
and finally arrived in Iowa at about 9 am this morning!
I’m not going to lie, it was a rough night. It was actually kind of fun considering we hadn’t seen our sweet friends, Jason and Emily, in months – we had puh-lenty of time to catch up! But the time when I was actually trying to sleep was not pretty. No big surprise there, though.
The most eventful part of the trip was on the Kansas turnpike about 3 hours in. We suddenly realized we were quite low on gas, but if you’ve ever been on the Kansas turnpike, you know that there is a large portion of nothingness for miles. Our gauge was telling us that we had 0 miles of gas left, and we still had 14 miles to go.
Our gas gauge lies apparently…because somehow we made it all the way. A gas station has never looked so beautiful, especially at 3 am.
Upon arriving in Iowa, we first hit up the little town, Fort Madison, where the guys’ tuxes were waiting. Before picking them up, however, we found this cute little cafe in the middle of town. It was so quaint…and it literally put a smile on face for many reasons.
cute atmosphere and sweet friends (and husband:)
Japanese Sencha Green Tea
whole wheat toast with Barney Butter from my HLS swag bag
a big bowl of fruit
I was feeling really pretty terrible by the time we got to Fort Madison – my eyes were bloodshot and burning, my body was stiff and cramped everywhere…and I needed a serious shower. But this little cafe, Wild Whisk, made me so very happy! It was the breath of fresh air I needed with a healthy breakfast and some delicious tea.
Then we walked to the tux place. And I snapped photos of all the quaintness.
We finally made it all the way to Burlington at about 11am, and after some puppy dog eyes and coercing with the front desk clerk were able to snag an early check in.
I showered and then hopped into bed, feeling so blessed to have my husband on one side of me and our wonderful friends in the next bed over (not awkward at all:). We are sharing a room this afternoon, and then tonight the guys will stay together for the bachelor party, and Em and I will stay here. I spent the rest of the afternoon just like this.
Tonight we enjoyed the evening celebrating with our friends at their rehearsal dinner. And it was lovely. More of our Iowa adventure to come tomorrow!