Great Tractor Ride Part II: The Women Behind the Riders
Behind every Great Tractor Ride’n man, there is an even greater woman. With the eight tractors we took to the WHO Radio Great Iowa Tractor Ride, this year held in Sioux City, and the eight men drivers, there was a wife or, in my case, girlfriend.
In years past, some of the women have ridden along with their husbands for parts of the tour, and some have even taken their turn at the wheel (we saw plenty of women tractor drivers). Also in years past, the wives have driven cars out to meet their tractor-dive’n husbands at check points and lunch stops.
When this proved too cumbersome (the Great Tractor Ride is on a tight schedule, and rest stops are brief), the ladies just let their men go out and have their fun, while they stayed behind and had their own brand of entertainment. They shopped. And Sioux City has plenty of great shopping outlets. The ladies also played board games—dominoes was a favorite, and Skipbo. Workouts at the motel’s exercise facilities was also a favorite pastime.
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