We are not where we are supposed to be. Perhaps this is to be the nature of this entire exploration. We set off on this great adventure at 1.11pm Central, today. 9/11. From Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were meant to have made Kansas City, Missouri.
But this side of Des Moines our Tour Bus caught fire. FIRE. And we made just 3 miles in 5 hours, as we attempted to work out how to put out the smoldering embers close to the liquefied petroleum gas tank that fueled the generator. Each time we drove over 10 mph the embers deep inside the framework would catch fire as the cabin once again filled with smoke.
And so we are sat at a truck stop somewhere North of Des Moines, Iowa. As we will the embers to take their last breath. It seems the sunset too is on fire.
Sally, our Tour Manager is, from this moment on, to be known at the Fire Queen. I shall not reveal why. I believe it is a good name.
And we are up at 5am in order to make our filming day tomorrow in Missouri. Then on to DALLAS for an open event to which you are invited. In search of the #SoulOfAmerica.
UPDATE 12/9 : After on board fire yesterday, it appears that we are still in danger of catching fire. Limping into Story City, Iowa. 40 minutes North of Des Moines. We need to get to Kansas City, Missouri by 1pm. 3 hours away, and it is 7am. Any viewers out there with a car and an available day for uncertain adventure?
UPDATE 13/9 : I made Kansas City, Missouri after separating from the Tour Bus, and hiring the only available vehicle in a small town in Iowa at a vast unbudgeted cost. And in Kansas City there was for a short time, stillness amongst the drama. And the camera caught it.
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