Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dubuque
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... and where we had been so far in our adventure.
This lovely couple Chris and Heidi were telling us that Chris and his family have been farmers in Iowa for generations, they have over 3,000 acres of corn and beans under cultivation and kindly invited us to come and see the operation of their farm should we be in the area.
I tell you, country people are so genuine and friendly. We had just met these two and it honestly felt like we had ...
... is what I love. If I had $1 for every time my dad has told me, "You're going to burn a whole in your pocket" I could have bought a first-class ticket to Thailand.]
...So basically this was going to be extremely difficult.
So there is was, a plan! If I did all of these things I could literally make my dream come true! It would be tight, and by the skin of my teeth, but I could make it to Thailand!
I got two jobs within a week or ...
... highways. No such luck. Next stop was Guttenberg which turns out to be quite a little tourist town on the river at a lock. Found a quaint motel in an old list building right on the river. Reasonably priced room, even free wifi.
Had dinner at a nearby cafe also overlooking the river. I tried cat fish and Wes had a smoked Iowa chop. Watched a boat push 12 barges down the river. Barges are tied together.
... watched it and liked it but Sydney wanted nothing to do with it.
Today was really special. A baseball team called the Ghosts, walked out of the corn and played baseball in the field dressed in 1920s White Sox uniforms I think. It was a scene right out of the movie and there were several hundred people there to enjoy it.
... crossed the ridge line, I pointed out to Alex that these were the last of the Western mountains that we would see until our return trip - the next mountains we'll see are the Allegheny Mountains, and they are mere hills by our Western US standards.
Alex was pretty quiet in the morning, even napping a little bit. The one thing that really perked him up was when he would hear a song he likes, and he would then sit up and sing. He loves to ...