As always, I was up way before dawn getting ready to go. Jeremy was with me once again, and his stalwart volunteering to help with recon has been invaluable. Thanks Buddy!
|Dawn cracks the windmill laden horizon.|
|Right in yer eyes!|
Thankfully, that didn't last very long! The roads were also not very dusty either, and the recent rains are to be thanked for that. If it had been dusty as well, on top of the blinding sunlight, it would have been much worse.
The roads themselves are hard to judge right now. The Counties are not going to be investing into much maintenance during harvest and going into Winter since it would be a waste. That said, we did see fresh gravel patches where the roads needed it. The closer we got to Grinnell, the more clay in the road bed was noticed, and Trans Iowa vets do not need to be reminded what that turns into when it gets wet! (Peanut butter-like wet mess!)
I would imagine at some point Poweshiek County would put down a bunch of fresh gravel, but it is hard to say if T.I.v10 will fall before, after, or during that maintenance time. Last Spring we hit it right on the money for maintenance time!
|This is NOT a B Maintenance Road. Really!|
|This IS a B Maintenance Road! Really!|
|Some harvesting was still being finished up.|
Okay? That's a wrap on recon reports for now. The next course recon to verify the cues will happen this coming Spring. Next up: The Trans Iowa Clinic on December 7th in Des Moines, Iowa!!