I'm Back! Home again, that is. Drove over 300 miles today, mostly on back roads. Today I needed to make a couple out-of-the-way stops so I used Mapquest at mapquest.com to plan my route. Mapquest is useful but tends to use routes that include major highways, even it if means adding extra miles to do so.
So I searched for "shortest" trip, rather than "quickest" trip and was greatly surprised to see the quickest trip was 48 miles longer than the shortest trip. So I found myself meandering south through the central part of Iowa on small country roads. There were a couple stretches of gravel road but I jogged east or west to avoid those. All in all, it was an easy trip with very little traffic and I saw new parts of Iowa that I had not seen before. Mostly small towns, too small to even brag a decent quick-shop gas station. I didn't mind foregoing hectic interstate driving for this more sedate route.
Remember the peach pie that I baked for my hubby to eat while I was gone? He saved a slice for me. Whatta Guy! He must have missed me something terrible to do something that sweet, dontcha think?