Prince Farming is ready to start his new life back in Iowa now that he's been booted from DWTS
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Chris Soules‘s tear at the end of Dancing with the Stars Tuesday was genuine – he wasn’t ready to leave the dance floor.

But after the show, the star of The Bachelor who is now engaged to Whitney Bischoff told PEOPLE that he’s ready to say goodbye to the crazy clothes and long rehearsals so he can return to a “normal life” in Arlington, Iowa.

Soules and Robert Herjavec were eliminated from the show on Tuesday.

“My life has changed forever but thankfully I live in the middle of nowhere and can hang out there, be incognito for a while,” Soules said after the episode.

He won’t do it alone, though. Soules told PEOPLE that his next step is to join Bischoff in his native habitat. Though his 29-year-old fiancée has previously attended DWTS tapings, the fertility nurse remained at home in Chicago Tuesday to honor the anniversary of her mother’s death.

“Eventually she will be moving to Arlington and we’ll be beginning our life there,” said Soules. “I’m excited to just get back to what I’m good at. Dancing is not what I’m good at. I got as good as I could possibly get, but I’m going to go do things that come natural to me.”

Despite his difficulty with learning the complicated steps and having to overcome a painful leg injury, Soules told PEOPLE that DWTS still was way easier than appearing on The Bachelor – at least mentally.

DWTS is a different type of exhaustion, but no matter how hard it got mentally and physically, I was always like, I just want more. I wanted to be here another week. Going on The Bachelor was hard. I was making a lot of tough decisions that I struggled with. DWTS is easier than being the Bachelor, quite honestly.”

Soules never took his eye off the prize – that Mirrorball Trophy.

“I was in this to get as far as I could possibly get, and hopefully make it to the end,” Soules continued. “I didn’t get there. That was disappointing. It’s a letdown. But it’s over and I’m excited to move on with life.”

Chris Soules: ‘I’m Ready to Begin My Life with Whitney Bischoff’