Picking up the U-Haul involved a trip to the Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. As we drove down the block where we were supposed to pick up our 17′ truck we noticed two-thirds of the storefronts were boarded up and a guy was sitting on the bumper of our truck drinking a 40 out of a paper bag. Real nice.
Packing up the truck went smoothly and faster than I thought it was going to take. We could have fit everything in a smaller truck with some creative packing but we were somewhat inefficient with the arrangement of boxes having the luxury of a larger truck. After a bit of making sure we had everything, we hit the road to Scattergood Friends School, Cat’s old Quaker boarding school near Iowa City, where I had my first encounter with cicadas.
The next morning we took a walk to the prairie on the school grounds. The trail was a bit damp from the morning dew and my old pair of running shoes I wore for the walk never smelled quite the same after.