The next morning I was greeted by rain, but it held off long enough for us to take a walk and grab breakfast. There was one thing in this town I wanted to do before leaving and that was see the Corn Palace, located in downtown Mitchell, South Dakota. In 1892 the Palace was originally built as a gathering place for the fall festival which has now become a tourist attraction. Every year it is redecorated with naturally colored corn to design the theme and murals that make up the Palace. It is known to be the world's only corn palace.
It wasn't easy to get to due to the construction that was going on, in and around the town but eventually I got there and it was a neat site to see. I had visited it years ago and coming back to it brought back memories. By now the rain was falling down harder and time wouldn't allow me to go in and visit it. I was able to take a few shots from the street before heading out and back towards Wisconsin.
The rest of the way home was spent driving in rain and at times it was blinding with hydroplaning becoming a factor every few miles. Speeds were up and down the entire way and even the lightening up of rain didn't help. The drive seemed to take forever and the chill from last night was still lingering which brought about sleepiness and fatigue, it begged my eyes to close for just a moment.
This would also lead to a few more pull-offs to stretch the legs, muscles and to get out and wake up. Eventually, I crossed over into Minnesota which gave me a little boost of energy for the next few miles but just as the towns gave way to open fields and no scenery there was another tap on the eyelids. Sickness and a long drive don't make a good combination. There were very few cars on the road as it was the middle of the week, which was nice in that I didn't have to worry about anyone coming up behind me or going slower than I was. Bad, as in I didn't have anything to be on the lookout for which lead to just sitting back and driving. Thank you Universe for good, upbeat music and caffeine it would have been a lot worse without it.
Once again I found myself going through the Twin Cities during rush hour, actually, this time it was slightly before rush hour but thanks to the rainy weather that was still happening it might as well have been. People drove crazy during dry weather and are even crazier when precipitation comes into play. An hour later, I was finally through the cities, made a stop for supper and continued home. The rest of the way, the rain didn't stop once, and the last hour of the trip felt like three. Even though I was off of the Interstate and took local highways it still felt like I wasn't going to get there any time soon.
Finally, up ahead was the sign for my hometown and not long afterward I was on the back roads and pulling into the driveway. Aria was instantly up on the seat, looked around, and whimpered with excitement. I pulled in, shut off the car and let her out. She bolted for the front yard, ran around and quickly ran into the breezeway where she excitedly barked at the door to let everyone know she had arrived safe and sound.
I unpacked the car and it wasn't long before I was in my room, flat on my bed and finally let sleep take over. The tension in the muscles relaxed, a slight fever could still be felt but it was soon forgotten as blackness took over and I was out for the remainder of the night. Aria could be heard in the distance also making herself comfortable and with a long sigh, she too fell asleep.
Driving across country can bring about some interesting situations. Broken down on a day by day basis enjoy my adventures and set backs along the way to some beautiful destinations.