“because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…” – Jack Kerouac, On The Road
I drove through Nebraska and Iowa in two days of straight driving. I never gave much thought to the weather in Nebraska, but then I drove through the state in June! And the weather made itself known. I discovered – Nebraska weather was practically tropical; unbearably hot and humid.
I had one very gorgeous Nebraska experience as I drove along the I-80 E with the setting sun. 9:30 at night, it was still light out, the air still hot. I drove through the night with the window rolled down and my elbow hanging out, the hot wind whipping my hair. The sky was massive, purple and pink all around me. Enveloped in the humid air, listening to Led Zeppelin over and over. Bugs died by the hundreds against my windshield and front grille.
I got a hotel for the night, and in the morning woke at 7:00 am to keep driving on through Iowa. Nothing had changed. I was already sweating as I walked back to my car in the parking lot.