Some days on the road seem to, without any planning or forethought, develop themes of their own.
So far today (Wednesday), we had visiting the memorial to Buddy Holly, visited Field Of Dreams, and now we were going to visit the American Pickers store.
The theme, it seems, is pop culture.
American Pickers, if you are not familiar, is a show on the History channel. It features two guys who search the back roads of America looking for hidden treasures of Americana and other historical artifacts that are buried in the back of barns, and in basements. They purchase them, and resell them to their customers. The show, while I am sure at times contrived and scripted, is based on their existing business, which is called Antique Archeology.
To polish off our tour of pop culture locations in Iowa, we visited the original store in Le Claire IA.
The store front is pretty much what you see on the show. Today it had a funky 3-wheel, one passenger car in the parking lot.
It is fun to visit a place you've only seen on TV. It is also cool to know that, while this is a TV show, it actually is based on two real guys and one real business, and that those same two guys are still roaming the country side in search of the treasures and hidden items lurking in the backwater locations of America.
As a geocacher I can certainly understand the attraction to that sort of thing. As a person with dreams it is inspiring to experience, if ever so briefly, the home base of two fellows who are chasing theirs. Inspiration, it seems, can be found everywhere, it even lurks under dirt and rust.