I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Des Moines, Ia. which for me is about an hour drive from where I live here in the rural Heartland. I could take the interstate which would likely get me to where I’m going much faster–but, in my humble opinion, while fast has its merit–there is something about a slower pace that appeals to me. But I digress…
An unknown wilderness, the Midwest was what many used to think was as far west as a person might want to venture. (thanks to Lewis & Clark, the westward expansion illuminated our minds as much as the gold rush and the railway system.)
A little Heartland history–and I share this, because every time I drive this stretch of back road, with its gentle rolling hills, soft curves, and vistas of farmland and untouched land as far as the eye can see–it sparks my inspiration–my love of the strength, tenacity and ruggedness of the people who long ago settled here and started ranching and farming this area.
This little back road is called “White Pole Road” and has a rich history that outlines the tenacity of the People in our state. Before, there was an interstate, or highway system, it was decided that a better way was needed for farmers to get there crops to the railway stations at eaither end of the state. Answering that call, its said that over 10,000 farmers built a stretch of road over 380 miles long in one hour. It connected the Council Bluffs and Davenport rail stations. It later would be come a part of the old Highway 6 that stretched from Cape Cod, Mass. to Long Beach, Ca.
Today its less traveled, many opting to take the interstate in effort to meet deadlines–some simply caught in the idea that faster is better.
But for me, with my fav road trip CD playing louder than normal (to cover the equally loud attempt at harmony on my part) I tool along this quiet byway–immersed in its history, looking at the farms, and wondering if its their ancestors that once built this road that takes you through at least seven small towns.
It inspires me to think about the hard-working farmers, ranchers, the cowboys and cowgirls–if you will, that believed strongly in a way of life, giving back to the earth, growing something with their hands.
I love a good looking cowboy–there are few things more inspirational–but combined with a man who is hard-working, loyal to his woman and family, who is kind and can see others beyond himself–I, personally cannot think of a sexier hero than that.
And you’ll find that most of my heroes possess such qualities–The Kinnison Brothers (Rugged Hearts, Book I, Rustler’s Heart, Book II, Renegade Hearts, Book III) and Unfinished Dreams feature such men, and the equally strong “mustang” heroines that tame them.
What’s your idea of a sexy hero? Share a few attributes that in your mind make a hero (or heroine) sexy…I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Until next time~