AmericInn Lodge & Suites Ankeny
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We survived the longest day in history but not without sleeping in the hotel lobby and the grassy shade of a little park. The sun is hot and the shoes need to be comfortable because we are on our feet and moving through the busy streets of Madrid!
5 hours later.....
This morning we woke up, had our Spanish breakfast and got on the bus for a bus tour around the city. We saw fountains and statues ...
We have a 5 hr flight to Minneapolis and the a 55 min flight to Des Moines. We paid for upgrade seating with more leg room......best $$$ I have spent. We had lots f eg room and each seat had a flip-up tv monitor with free movies or tv, which really made the 5 hr flight go by quickly.
Got in Des Moines at 11:00 pm and we were home about midnight.
What a great adventure this has been.
Thu, May 14, 2015
Departure: 8:30 AM, cdt, Grand Island, NE
Arrival: 2:30 PM, cdt, Newton, IA
Miles: 303.6 miles
Travel Time: 6 hrs. driving time
We're in Newton, Iowa.
No, this is not where the Fig Newton is grown. (Yes, they grow on fig newton trees.) It is ...
... on the edge of the mountains. Beyond that, anything east of Denver starts to look like Nebraska. Two of my friends, Mikki and Lauren, were kind enough to let us stay in there apartment for the night. Another friend, Todd, was there visiting and we all had a great time catching up and playing this really fun card game that I can't remember the name of.
Today (Monday), we left the hospitality of Thornton, CO ...
... of the condition of the on/off ramps kept us going, though slooooowly.
Other than that, I saw a car manufacturing plant in Flint with the most smoke stacks ever, I had my first crossing of the mighty Mississippi River (maybe at its most narrow point at Le Clair, IL), saw loads of farms in Iowa, drove my first two hours of the trip, and witnessed Bob master the new iExit app on my phone to find the best hotel here in the lovely Des Moines, Iowa. Oh yeah, and finished at +3 ...