Days Inn Fort Dodge
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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Our day on the road started at 6:45, with 769 Kms under our belt already, in a very fresh -24 degrees Celsius. Our day entailed four states: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa including 100 Kms of the worst highway surface conditions either of us have ever endured (yes, even worse than Port Elgin Christmas of 1984 or Grand Forks, ND conference champs of 2006) and there was not even any 'active' weather. Black ice, hard packed snow and crazy drivers made the experience frightful, but ...
... and climbed into Freddie. We cranked the heat up to the max and took off in search of warmer temps. As the miles ticked away the inside temp began dropping. There was a breeze coming at us from the rear of the bus that we could not keep at bay. It leveled out at 48 degrees in the hallway which was a tad chilly but not unbearable up front with the heat blasting on our feet. I wrapped my heavy parka hood around my neck and face, hung a fleece throw ...
We kept a rough list of all the Wildlife we saw on our journey, using tally marks to try to give a numerical idea. The Denali list is separate as is the list from our Kenai Fjords Cruise. No idea why, it just is!
Black Bears 9
Sandhill Cranes 5
Moose more than 13
Stone Sheep 20
Rocky Mountain Sheep 6
Buffalo 10 + and a herd or 50 or more ...
We left Lohrville at 6:15 am. Realized our camper was trying to blow apart in Grand Forks. Repaired with Gorilla tape. Picked up rivet gun and flashing for more permanent repair in Lakota. Arrived at Haybale Heights about 6pm. Supper at casino STARTING MILEAGE 4069.5fueled at Stateline Casino$124 32.13 gal 4433.5
... The point of the story is : here I am in Iowa, trying to see a hoax piece of gypsum; I duck into a log cabin and there's the Confederate battle flag and a wax model of Armistead. I just can't escape that stuff; it follows me everywhere. Gutzon Borglum, remember him? Before he carved Mt Rushmore, he carved Lee and Stonewall onto Stone Mountain, down in Georgia. He tried to put a Hall of Records there, too. Onwards- ...