Rusty Wallace Speedway in Newton, Iowa was a popular spot with everyone. It was hot, dusty and crowded. But hot rod fans loved every minute.
We had a 30 minute drive to our hotel for the night at Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona.
I found an interesting sculpture in the lobby.
Dinner at Jethro’s BBQ was the best!
We spent some time the next morning cleaning the bugs off our car. Mother’s polish made the task easier.
Then it was time for breakfast at McDonalds with other car enthusiasts.
Then we hit the blue highways for our next destination, the fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa.
The drive to the fairgrounds was lined with hot rods. Here is a 55 Chevy, sometimes called a shoebox because of its shape & size.
We checked in at the long haul booth on the fairgrounds, walked around looking at the displays and cars, visited the VIP lounge to cool off and grab a snack, then headed to our hotel.
Davenport Iowa sits along the Mississippi River. Our hotel room had a great view. The parking lot just below our room was filled with colorful classic hot rods.
The picture below shows the scenic view of the Mississippi River.
Some new friends suggested we could drive a few miles along the river road to Le Claire and see the home of Archelogy Antiques. We were ready for an adventure so we got back in the car to explore. Along the way we saw grand old homes built high on a bluff overlooking the river.
We found the store of pickers, Frank & Mike. It was much smaller than we expected, but interesting. Antiquefinds and touristy mementos were for sale.
While in Le Claire we drove by the museum for Buffalo Bill. It was closed so we ate dinner before heading to our hotel to rest for our drive to Champaign, IL.