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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
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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 ...
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