Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Des Moines - Northwest
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Who would have thought the learning experiences would begin before I even left?
Today during my morning Awakening Meditation with Margaret Nichols (see link below) I received a surprise care package dropped off by FedEx from my friend Jessica Bailey-Bartini. Jessica is no stranger to gift giving. She usually sends me a Christmas gift before Thanksgiving. She is also stellar at a quick ...
... Ok, I was ignorant for not researching it beforehand. So, due to being completely floored with surprise, the Badlands are the most bad-ass. It was a welcome respite from the never-ending fields. Plus, it really does take forever to get here - so I'm selling to myself that the Badlands are, by and far, the best national park! All things bad-ass include: 1. The Bad-ass-lands 2. Thom Yorke 3. Sturgis, SD (motorcycles) 4. Borglum (Mount Rushmore architect). And! No one died ...
I left my hometown in Winterset, Iowa, on August 26th, which was also the day of my 23rd birthday, mainly for a poetic start. My father had planned to join me on his Victory Vegas for the first week of the trip before driving back to the farm in Iowa. This did not stop off-pavement travel, however it was generally not intentional.
First stop was the pride and joy of Winterset, the birthplace of John Wayne. Although I've already seen it countless ...
... 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 ...