I am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
To get here today, I drove through the rest of Illinois (state 6 if you recall), then Wisconsin (state 7), Minnesota (state 8), and now I am in state 9.
Why did we go this way, some ask, isn't it faster to cut through Missouri. Well, sort of. Technically it is faster, but Missouri and Iowa don't have New Glarus. Wisconsin does.
Not to mention the severe severe weather that NWS tells me was in Missouri and Iowa today, where as Wisconsin was beautiful (I really mean that, the rolling hills of farm country were gorgeous, and there were TONS of adorable little towns.
Why New Glarus...that's another blog for a later date.