Illinois Farm Vacation on $20 a day
This is part of an 18 week, 7,532 mile, Vanabode road trip detailed in the
book from Amazon
Our family by marriage owns an organic farm in Maple Park, Illinois. They offer to let us leave the van on their property and drop us at the train station so we can ride into the big city of Chicago for a week..
Above: Kelly picks vegetables for dinner at the Illinois family farm.
Above: They grow mostly corn, soybeans, hay, oats, and wheat on this farm with many different fields connected via wooded tree lined windbreaks and tractor friendly country roads.
Above: We saddle tractors and ride in the massive air-conditioned glass enclosed cab of a complicated monster called a combine. The combine was developed to combine three different farming tasks into one machine, reaping, threshing, and winnowing. I ride the loud beast through the thick fields of grain. The combine twists and rolls and cuts the oats down, pulls it inside, threshes it, separates the oat stems from the oat heads and spits them out. In the final act the combine shoots the oats into a large storage tank behind our seat.
Later when ready to process, the oats are blown airborne through various
turbines and equipment to remove any dead insects, dust, debris, coral
dust, and other non-food particles. Only objects that are exactly the
size and weight of a single oat grain proceed down the line and become
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