Quirky first day of the trip - turns out the right politician can interrupt even the best-laid travel plans. Hit traffic trying to leave Chicago on the start of our trip caused by an Obama motorcade. Not to be outdone in any way, the Republicans stepped up with a delay caused by a Mitt Romney fundraiser that had comandeered the paddle steamer we were booked on to ride the Mississippi River in Dubuque. Ended the day in Mason City IA for no other reason but that it was a point on a map.

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