We have been riding through Southwestern Iowa and we are enjoying the beautiful country. Once we left the very wide Missouri Valley we climbed into the Loess Hills (top 2 pictures). Loess is windblown glacial sediment that is found very thickly along the eastern banks of the larger rivers in the upper midwest. The sediment particles are very angular and they hold together nicely to make steep cliffs and banks. It is very hilly here. No sooner do we struggle up a steep hill then we fly down it on the other side, all in a matter of 3 minutes. The temperatures are in the low 90's and the humidity is at its usual Iowa summer level (uncomfortable) so we took a break from the heat of the day -- ate in a Chinese buffet then found the town library. We are now in Shenandoah, yet another beautiful midwestern small town with friendly people.