After viewing The Surf Ballroom and crash site the plan was to head east in Iowa, but I am tired of looking at cornfields for all this past week. I needed to make some cuts from the itinerary. I scratched the Auto Thrill Show Memorabilia and Museum in La Porte City. I can live without seeing that. Further on eastward was Dyersville where the actual baseball field in the cornfield for the movie Field of Dreams another Kevin Costner flick, still exists. Although I liked the movie I am not a baseball fan and figured the long haul to Dyersville wasn’t worth it just to stand on a baseball diamond. I mean, no way would that provide the rush as standing next to the wood chipper from Fargo. Then even further on was Le Claire resting along the Mississippi River and a visit to the Antique Archeology store where the History Channel TV program originates from. I am a big fan of the program but what would I do once there? I’m too cheap to buy anything and what...have my picture taken with Danielle? I’m afraid I would embarrass myself staring at all of her tattoos. So all of those went by the wayside.
I resigned myself for just the short 10 mile trip east to Mason City and see the First National Bank of Mason City that John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and their crew robbed in March, 1934. Three miles into the drive I looked over my notes while driving. The last line read, “Now an apartment complex but the bank name is visible on the building”. Whoa! I pulled over and re-read that. I don’t want to see an apartment complex! How did I miss that? I did a U-turn and headed south on the Interstate for our next destination, The Bridges of Madison County. Yes, I am more of a romantic than a baseball fan.
Until then, here I am standing on the very stage in the Surf Ballroom that Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Richie Valens performed on. It is a wonder I didn't pee my pants.