Day 18

If you build it, we will come

We wanted to get an early start to the day, seeing as it would be another 700 mile stretch, so we woke up just before 8 to get the day started. Aunt Melli and Greg had breakfast ready for us before we left to save us some time. Around 8:30 we headed out with Ty taking the initial step of the trip on our way to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, IA.

From just outside of Minneapolis to Dyersville it took us about 4 ½ hours. As we arrived at the Field of Dreams movie site, it was exactly how we had seen on the big screen, with the most visible difference being the corn stalks. They were about a third of the size they had been in the film. Of course there had been a few changes, naturally, to accommodate all the visitors they have April-November.

Luckily it wasn't too crowded for a weekend, so Ty and I both got some quality time at the plate and in the field. We both took about 40-50 swings, with him getting the best knock of the day at about 220 feet. The wind was definitely against us in our mission to put one into the corn fields. The whole time we were on the field there was a surreal feeling, knowing the history of the Lansing Farm.

After playing for an hour, we packed our things, and it was picture time. We then went to the gift shop where we all purchased shirts (Jen from a large investment firm gift shop, Ty and I from the Lansing Farm gift shop). As we backtracked back across Iowa, on our way to Kansas City, we had about 400 miles ahead of us. We hit some severe rain in Southern Iowa and most of Missouri, but it had no affect on the drive.

We got in to Overland Park, Kansas just after 8:30pm where we are staying with the most generous Bethel's, relatives of a close family friend. They more than welcomed us into their home and have us anticipating an incredible breakfast in the morning. Thankfully we are done with the long drives for a while, anything after today will not be bad at all.

Another big thanks to Aunt Melli and Greg for picking up the tickets, dinners, and giving us a place to lay our head. Love you guys.

-Dan

  • Date: Saturday, 24 June 2006
  • Start: Bloomington, MN
  • End: Overland Park, KS
  • Miles: 684 | Total: 5,400
  • Stayed: The Bethel's House
  • States: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas

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