July 22nd, 2012: We see this scenery pretty much all the time.
Punctuated by grain elevators. Sometimes the towns are grain elevators and that’s about it. Farmers would bring their grain to the elevators and trains would transport it. Now most of the grain shipment is by truck. Route 96 has just a little shoulder but it is flat and wide. The speed limit is 65 but almost all of the trucks and cars give cyclists a wide berth so it is not bad.