SpringHill Suites Des Moines West
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... and a bag of chai tea to get me in the mood for India; my mother, Liz Goode, providing packing essentials to simplify my life (and create space to bring home treasures!); my father, Tom Goode, sending DVDs and YouTube videos about India to fire up my excitement; and of course my husband, Alex Kvitne who has organized my schedule and my To Do list so nothing is forgotten. He has also given me the gift ...
... it too! 5. Subway Philly cheese steak sandwich 6. Mr. Fin****n (my foxy stowaway in the national park) 7. Changing directions (heading south now to Iowa) 8. Sleeping while laying down 9. Hot shower 10. Self service carwash and gas 11. Being within only 120 miles from destination 12. 75 mph (sorry to repeat but it's a good one) 13. 70s and sunny weather 14. "More than Life" by Whitley 15. Epic stargazing 16. Lewis and Clarke (seriously?! They were hardcore) 17. Comedy channel on ...
... once we reached western Iowa. Plenty of rolling hills and great scenery. We also stopped in the Loess Hills Visitor's Center and talked to a nice old lady behind the front desk, who seemed thrilled just to have visitors.
Lunch included the “Old Home Fill-er Up and Keep on Trucking Cafe” in the metropilos of Pisgah, Iowa (population 245) made famous by a C.W. McCall song. I had to look up the song, but the prime rib sandwich was the real ...
... 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 ...