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... and got us a tour today!
The plant was absolutely huge - over 250 hectares, employing 2900 workers with a wage bill of $2 million per week and they turn out 10,000 units a year! Takes about 14 weeks to complete an average one! The tour lasted 2 hours and was awesome - seeing all parts of the production process and then we had time to inspect some of the models! The largest one costs $460,000 and had an ensuite, king bed, gas log ...
... opened in 1929.
While we were in the tunnel we crossed the continental divide and began our descent into Denver. We were again following a river gorge, but this one was much more steep sided. We passed through a lot of tunnels as we dropped in height. Coming out of the Rocky Mountains was much quicker and in only a couple of hours we could see the plain with Denver on it in the distance.
We had our dinner as we were pulling ...
... welcoming especially to 4 Dads Army style old Aussies. Even the old timers like to sit and talk just to hear our accents and our tall tales from the legendary past. Moving on to Cherokee, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Sioux City, Council Bluffs and Omaha today. We are passing thousands upon thousands of hectares of corn and soya beans and red barns, this country is so fertile and lush. Over and out til next report Wazz, Bernie, Merv and ...
... milk, butter, and ice cream. They sell all of their production to local markets, senior centers, and their own outlet stores. WHO KNEW??
My good friend Jim tells me he graduated from high school in Waterloo. It took us a while to find the school, but you'll see it in the photos here. And so long ago Jim. WHO KNEW??
On Saturday we took a drive around the countryside. There is sort of a ...
Good People with Some Decent Interest
The visit with Dave at his Univ. of Northern Iowa Wesley Foundation went really well. We got one card out of it (a young man named Jordan) but I feel may get more down the road. There were some seniors present this evening but a lot of juniors as well. There were a lot of education, social work, and anthropology majors present in this group of students (about 12).Dave informed me of a couple of others that couldn't make it out ...
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