Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
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... other gifts I've been given toward my journey that have arrived in different forms: words of wisdom from one of my friends and mentors, Rob Schware (Executive Director of Give Back Yoga Foundation) reminding me how much growth there is to be had from a place of discomfort; my mother in law, Pam Kvitne, researching how to travel safely; my father in law, Dave Kvitne, giving me his sleeping bag ...
... 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 ...
... what better way to start a trip than The Duke.
We continued on west through Iowa, which is just as exciting as you imagined. On our way, we went by the Freedom Rock, which I had heard about but never seen. It is a giant boulder painted to commemorate veterans and fallen soldiers. Gorgeous monument.
The objective throughout the trip is to avoid interstates, so we took the Loess Hills Scenic Byway north towards the Nebraska – South ...
... daily mileage is also exceeding expectations. The baseline was 600 mi/day, which we've beat both days. Couldn't resist a stop at the headquarters of the reality show "American Pickers" in Le Claire, IA. Picked up a couple souvenirs and took some pics.
We're staying in Adel, IA at a KOA campground, which we hope is as nice as last night's stay. The halfway mark of the trip will be hit tomorrow as we ...
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 ...