A weekend without a road trip somewhere for me is like not eating. If I don’t do it I get irritable. Yesterday, I woke up way too early on my day off as usual, and set out to Palo to check out Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, otherwise known as 13 Steps Cemetery. I get there and the entrance is blocked off. At first I was seriously bummed, but then decided to try something new. I shut off my GPS, and took off on back country roads, not caring where I would end up. It was a natural high.
The drive with no certain destination was peaceful as hell, even though I had Rob Zombie cranked to max volume. I love the open Iowa countryside!
After an hour or so of driving and stopping to take photos (and getting weird looks from drivers passing by), I stumble upon Vinton!
I cruise towards the sign that points to the business district. Right away I notice this unique, massive house!
Next, to my right, I see an old train depot!
Next, I see this huge old school! The windows look boarded up, so pretty sure it’s abandoned? I tried Googling it, but no luck. Let me know if you know anything about this building!
I take a left, and immediately see the Benton County Courthouse which is amazing as hell! I love old buildings! (I’m still getting weird looks as people are driving by.) I just smile and wave haha.
Downtown Vinton is very quaint! Unfortunately, it was early Sunday morning, so none of the businesses were open.
I find a Casey’s. Stop to refuel with coffee, and ask a really nice employee where else I should go. He told me to head toward the hospital to check out the river bank. I said “hell yeah, man!”
I find the riverfront, and realize it’s a park dedicated to Veterans!
After reading all about the veterans, I turn around and the riverfront is right there. Absolutely beautiful area!
I spent about 2 hours in Vinton, and hope to go back very soon!
Please let me know about what town you live in, and why I should take a road trip there! I’d love to do more exploring!