Gateway Center Hotel
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... 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 ...
Drove to Story City, Iowa today. The weather was not good today, in fact we drove through pour down rain for about 1 1/2 hrs as we passed through Kansas City and northward. The campground was wet from all the rain and not as pretty as it was the last time we stayed here 4 years ago. Smokey hasn't been sleeping well and has been crying during the night. I guess it is too much going on for him. Needless to say, we haven't been sleeping too ...
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 ...
... nice and open, and loading in was a breeze, minus the fact that we were in an arena and had a rolling stage. The reason this is an issue is that most of our equipment has to be fork-lifted onto the stage. luckily, there was enough room for us to put in a ramp for quickly removing equipment small enough to go down a ramp.
Otherwise, the show went off very well, with load-out simple enough. On to our next adventure outside of Indianapolis.
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. ...