Cheri, it looks like the *most* direct route is from Moline directly south to STL. But that's not the point! I need some girl time too (I work with a bunch of guys and in October, I'll be on my own at the client's site.) And I want to get the party started since I have the opportunity.
I see there's a Fairfield in in Ames and a Hertz at the airport nearby. If we could meet at the Hertz, I can turn in my car and pick up another on the way back. Of course, I have no idea how far the Ames airport is from you. I would have said meet at the Fairfield, but they don't have a shuttle so I can keep my car overnight (cheaper than the cab quoted) and turn it in Thursday morning.
Unless it would be better to meet at your FIL's house. If I can avoid paying for a rental car while I'm not using it, I'd like to.
Let's get the party started - I like the way you think! LOL
Everything in Ames is within 15 minutes (unless it's before or after a football or basketball game, then factor in an extra hour;) so I can meet you at the Hertz for sure and go on from there.