Altoona Settle Inn
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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 ...
Today was nothing special. Except for the fact that when we arrived, it was pouring rain. Since I woke up early, I traversed through the rain in order to get to catering to eat some much needed breakfast. Upon finishing that, I headed back through the rain to the bus that was a ways away. not thirty minutes later, the bus moved to a spot less than twenty feet from the door, so I really didn't have to get we, had I known the bus was going to move.
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. ...
... trials) to the gimmicky (butter sculpturing, pie eating contests) to the traditional (pumpkin and other fruit/vegetable contests) to the amazing (live animal birthing).
All of the above combined with endless food carts, craft beer and **********ade stalls, an Eagles tribute band (the night we went), resulted in a fun, carnival atmosphere. The fairground was crowded with people feeding their faces with corn dogs, deep fried mac'n'cheese ...