These Nebraska college students plan to visit all 939 of Iowa's incorporated towns — and they've already passed 200
Two University of Nebraska students have some seriously ambitious travel plans this year.
Seth Varner and Austin Schneider, sophomores at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, hope to visit all 939 incorporated towns in Iowa.
The pair accomplished the same goal last year in Nebraska. During that effort, which took them to 531 towns, they amassed thousands of followers on social media and ended up creating a book with photos and information about their travels.
With encouragement from friends and family, Varner and Schneider decided to head east this year and take on Iowa and its 939 towns.
"After debating our options on a road trip to Oklahoma City, Austin and I decided that it would be fun to explore our neighbor across the Mighty Mo'," Varner wrote in a Facebook post.
Schneider and Varner wasted no time getting started. They've already visited more than 200 Iowa towns, and their most recent trip was last weekend through central Iowa.
That included stops in 39 towns, including two county seats — Adel and Des Moines — and 664 miles, according to a Facebook post that was filled with thank yous and shoutouts to the people they met along the way.
Their Visit939Iowa Facebook page now has more than 13,000 people following along.
To help pay for their travels the pair is raising money on GoFundMe and accepting donations around the way. As of Monday they were about halfway to their goal of $5,000 — they estimate their Iowa project will cost about $2,000 for gas, $2,000 for food and $1,000 for lodging. Any money left over will go to the book they hope to make about this year's visits.
Their trip to the Des Moines area was sponsored by "Iowa Love," a clothing and goods brand which donates half of their profits to Iowans in need.
Robin Opsahl covers trending news for the Register. Reach them at email@example.com or 515-284-8051.