Springfield, SD, the world’s only Corn Palace, and 75 mph speed limits

Shoshanah here. On Friday we left Sioux City, Iowa bright and not-so-early, as sunrise is at around 8am in this part of the world. We drove through the booming metropolises of Vermillion and Yankton (the cattle capital of SD) on our way to Springfield, South Dakota, which was everything we hoped it would be and more.

We stood by the large, beautiful “Springfield” sign along the one and only road into town, where a surprisingly large number of cars passed by to check out our banner. Hopefully they’ll be visiting the site and supporting Neroblastoma research. Hi Springfield, SD!

We drove through town, noticed the local pastimes of fishing and golf, failed to visit the Springfield Historical Society Museum (“Closed for winter”), and sent postcards from the local post office. It was great.

Our next stop was Mitchell, SD, where we visited the world’s only corn palace, an entire building decorated in corn. (Guess what they grow around here.) We spent the night in Sioux Falls, after visiting a to-scale model of the USS South Dakota and throwing a lot of snowballs.

We’ll be back on the road again in the morning, headed to Springfield, MN

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Northbound, I-29: We’re not doing 76 miles per hour.

Another quick update from the road, but this one is actually from the road.

Got the internet connection set up, GPS is going, and we’re about an hour and a half from today’s first stop, in Springfield, S. Dak.

Roads are clear, though there’s some chance of wintry mix. If this holds up, we’ll not have needed the weather category at all…

1 Down…

Wow. Day one has been an absolute success. We converged on Omaha without incident, avoiding the flight delays that seem to inevitably plague the Chicago airports in winter and summer (also: autumn and spring). Picked up the rental car, and headed off to Springfield, Nebraska.

Standing at the Springfield Library on Main Street, Springfield, Nebraska
Standing at the Springfield Library on Main Street, Springfield, Nebraska

Our first official stop was everything we could have hoped for. We stopped at the public library, on Main St, to unfurl our banner before hopping back in the car to do a bit of exploring. A minute or two later, back on the road for real.

We’re spending the night in Sioux City, Iowa, before heading up to Springfield, S.D. in the morning. Hoping to hit at least one exciting attraction tomorrow (the Corn Palace is relatively nearby in Mitchell) before arriving in Sioux Falls in the afternoon.

And they’re off…

[Avi] A quick note from the road.

First, it’s not really the road yet. I’m sitting here at O’Hare, looking out on the snow-covered airfield and getting impatient: An hour and 45 minutes until my flight? But I’m ready now!

As I write, Sarah and Shoshanah are in the air on their PHL-MDW segment and then have another hop, MDW-OMA before we can hit our first Springfield this afternoon. But then the fun begins.

Weather at Eppley Airfield, though, looks nice: a balmy 26° F.

Should have more this afternoon or evening — along with some exciting pictures. Until then, leave us a note at the Facebook group and swing by Network for Good to throw the folks at Band of Parents some of your Chanukah gelt or Christmas Cash.

The journey begins…

Hey folks – it’s Sarah.
Whew. Well, I’m on my way. Though the three of us all live in different cities, I decided to meet up with Shoshanah and travel to Nebraska with her from Philadelphia. 2 subways, 2 trains, and 1 cab later I have begun my journey a bit ahead of the other two. Let me tell you, after dragging all my stuff around on various modes of public transportation I am definitely excited about the prospect of being able to keep some stuff in our rental car once we reach Omaha. In my bag? Clothes and toiletries, books and maps, food and snacks, and even a bit of work (shh – don’t tell).

As for Philadelphia on Christmas Eve? Delicious vegetarian Chinese food. Yum!

Next stop: Springfield!

A technical update

Less than 24 hours after posting this site, I’m overwhelmed by the support we’ve gotten from family and friends. But here’s a simple truth: I wasn’t ready for you!

Over the next day or two, we’ll be tweaking this page and adding some more resources for both tracking our trip and supporting neuroblastoma research. Thanks for your patience, and remember to join our Facebook group!

Neuro-wha?

Neuroblastoma is a rare but deadly childhood cancer affecting about 600 more children each year. Thankfully, it’s rare. Unfortunately, that means many drug companies aren’t willing to invest money for research and treatment of a disease most people have never heard of before.

What can you do?

Attraction? So maybe that’s stretching it…

And maybe we’re really Jewy, but we’ll be paying the good folks at Mt. Zion Congregation in Sioux Falls, S.D., a visit next(!!) Shabbat.

And no, it’s not in Springfield, but it’s only 108 miles from our second official stop, and doesn’t even take us off track. It’s almost a straight shot from Sioux Falls over to Springfield, Minn.

The map is not the territory, but it is coming together…

The route is pretty much final, we think. A mid-week conference call and harried back-and-forth IMing of Google Maps links gave us what looks to be a final list. We found our sixteenth Springfield, in Michigan, and settled on some tentative timing.

We’ll post updates here, of course, but we’d love it if you also joined our Facebook group, so we can get a sense of who’s out there watching.