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The bridge from Wisconsin into Iowa.

Our Sunday breakfast was buiscuts and gravy and a bowl of cold cereal at the hotel.  Then it was back to see Judy neice again at her home in Watertown.  We spent much of the morning updating family happenings and enjoying each others company. Then it was off again, west. 

We crossed the border into Iowa after an hour or two much of which was through light to very heavy rain.  Again, a few times we had to slow as the rained poured down in such force that even with our wipers going full speed we couldn't see well. 

In Dyersville we had planned on visiting one of a very few Basilicas built outside a metropolitan area.  The Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, built in the late 1800s, was completely repainted and restored in 2000-2001 with new 24 carat gold and silver leaf.

  We went because we love the Gothic architecture. We also love stained glass, which is very well done here.  The detail in the altar, ceilings, pulpit, and even the confessionals is wonderful.  We took many pictures.

Then it was out to enjoy the farms and fields surrounding Dyersville.  Actually, to visit yet another Baseball Park.  This has really turned into a baseball trip.  But today's was from a 1989 film.  We drove to the movie site of where the film "Field of Dreams" was made.  In my condition I couldn't run the bases and the corn was only about knee high so I couldn't magically appear from the corn field, but I did get a few pics just to make my oldest son jealous.

Dinner tonight was at Country Junction Restaurant in Dyersville.

And the state welcome sign just inside the border.
  I had fried fish and my wife had her's steamed. We also enjoyed a baked potatoe and salad and even finished with a piece of pie.  Very nice meal at a fair price.  And Rose, our waitress was very prompt and did a nice job explaining the dishes and bringing our food.  She even put up with me when I noted an item on their menu that didn't seem correct.  "The Alaskan Cod was caught and frozen off the northern Atlantic shores."  Wait, my mind told me. Alaska is off the Pacific ocean, not the Atlantic. Hmmm.  She said she would make note with her supervisor. :)

We are staying tonight at the Comfort Inn - Dyersville.

Tomorrow we visit Waterloo, Iowa, to see if they have erected a momument for their most famous of citizens, Travelman727, (Mark), who was born their. If not, we will proceed to the City Hall to protest and begin a campaign to build one.  Then if we can get every TravBuddy member to join us in a mail in campaign someday there may be a large bust of Mark with his green St Patty's Day hat on glimmering in front of the Town Hall!!! 

X_Drive says:
If that ballpark had been as magnificent as the Basilica I would have taken many more shots. But the corn was only knee high and the whole thing was just kinda nothing much. But at least we got to go and see it before you did! Nana nana nanaaaa p~~~~ :D
Posted on: Jun 14, 2010
dchace029 says:
Thirty odd pics of the church, and only eight of the ballpark? And you are trying to make me jealous? HA! Ha, I say! Good to see you are not letting your injury stand in the way of enjoying your trip!
Posted on: Jun 14, 2010
esposabella says:
How is your leg Roger? The weather here has been heinous so your n ot really missing out on much.
Posted on: Jun 14, 2010
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The bridge from Wisconsin into Iow…
The bridge from Wisconsin into Io…
And the state welcome sign just in…
And the state welcome sign just i…
A beautiful gold topped building i…
A beautiful gold topped building …
In Dyersville, Iowa we stopped for…
In Dyersville, Iowa we stopped fo…
Inside the stained glass was beaut…
Inside the stained glass was beau…
And the ceilings
And the ceilings
The farms out here in Iowa are won…
The farms out here in Iowa are wo…
This farm, with the corn just begi…
This farm, with the corn just beg…
A few old barns that I still find …
A few old barns that I still find…
Our hotel for the night in Dyersvi…
Our hotel for the night in Dyersv…
Our hotel for the night in Dyersvi…
Our hotel for the night in Dyersv…
Our hotel for the night in Dyersvi…
Our hotel for the night in Dyersv…
Our room
Our room
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Our room
Our room
Our room
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Our room
The indoor pool area
The indoor pool area
The lobby from our door.
The lobby from our door.
Exterior of Country Junction Resau…
Exterior of Country Junction Resa…
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gift shop
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Dyersville Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Locally owned, nice place for a good meal
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Dyersville Hotels & Accommodations review
Comfort Inn - Dyersville
Dyersville, Iowa isn’t a very large town, maybe four or five thousand, and they don’t have many hotels or motels in town. I think they may have ha… read entire review
Dyersville Sights & Attractions review
A beautiful Basilica
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Dyersville Sights & Attractions review
Field of Dreams - Movie Location Site
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