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... the Rocky Mountains. Will post updates as we go!
Final update for today: we indulged in a little KFC tonight and got a sweet spot in between a pond and a cornfield. (The cornfield seems mandatory around here. The water was a bonus). Anthony got a couple of leads on a roommate today, but we're not getting our hopes up too much. Crashing soon and looking forward to crossing the halfway point tomorrow.
Bob and I are preparing for our two month adventure in Spain. We are attempting to hike 10k every morning and have now added another 10k in the afternoon. Along with the hikes, we have added our backpacks. The question now we are asking each other often, "Why are we doing this?" It seems silly to work this hard in retirement. The Camino is referred to as 'The road of Reflection', so maybe we will figure this ...
... nice and open, and loading in was a breeze, minus the fact that we were in an arena and had a rolling stage. The reason this is an issue is that most of our equipment has to be fork-lifted onto the stage. luckily, there was enough room for us to put in a ramp for quickly removing equipment small enough to go down a ramp.
Otherwise, the show went off very well, with load-out simple enough. On to our next adventure outside of Indianapolis.
After the exertions of the Iowa State Fair and the pool hall the previous evening we laid low today. Went and saw a movie, visited the downtown area and ate dinner at Jethro's BBQ restaurant. It was featured on the TV show Man vs Food for its humongous burger...we went for the ribs and wings and were still eating the leftovers the next day. ...
... the move.
After all of the small towns we were surprised by the size of the Des Moines metro area, it was our first "real" city since Seattle, with a population of around 500k.
After checking in we headed off to the Iowa State Fair, one of the most famous, longest running and largest fairs of its kind in the country. It is basically an opportunity for anything agricultural to be showcased for the 10 days duration, from the ...