Across Middle America

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

SEt off with many miles to go. We had lost some time with sightseeing, so now the journey is important.
This is a country where religion is always in the forefront, it isnt suppressed like it very often is in UK - someone always has a religous message displayed, and the most visible we found was going up a radio mast!
There are lots of wind farms in this part too, we found the turbines along most of the journey today.

Scenery now is less interesting, miles of either corn waiting to be reaped (its fodder for cattle, so its dry looking) or else stubble, or raw ground that has already been ploughed in for next years crop. But miles of it, the fields here stretch over the hills sometimes.
Got into Rochester and booked in to the hotel. More expensive that the ones we have been staying at, but there isnt a lot of choice here.
Went for a walk and saw the Mayo Clinic. There's a huge building which has decoration and a sort of tower structure at the top. Turns out its a medical facility. Marble floors, statues, modern art. Not really the kind of thing that I'd expect from a large medical foundation/charity which leads the world in research. Or am I just cynical.

Mileage 313. Climbed 4900 to max of 1714. Now at 1095. I leave it to you to understand all that, its really only for me.

Martin's mountain moment:
So as I'm sure Tim and Sara probably worked out, the total climbed is the sum of all the ascents made since the device was cleared,ignoring any descents and the max. is actually that - the highest point reached.
The Badlands are a smaller and greyer version of Bryce Canyon and quite an eerie place.Perhaps with a lack of sunshine everything would look a lot less inviting.We met a very pleasant father and daughter there - Doug and Laura Witham.Doug had travelled through Sussex many years ago on a train when visiting the UK from his army base in Germany.he was amazed to pass through a station bearing his surname.I explained that under the Labour Government of the time, two or three surnames were selected from every group of visiting army personnel and station names were changed as a sign of welcome.
This then is the Mid West and there is a lot of it.
The Mayo Clinic is apparently world famous with an annual income of some $8 billion and an infrastructure that would grace Azerbaijan's Baku.One of the most prominent documents is a Q & A document on Minnesota Law on Advance Directives - instructions to be left as to your treatment in the event of an unhappiness resulting in likely death.I suspect its most often invoked when patients get presented with a bill.
Met a nice bloke running the Dutch restaurant attached to the hotel we are staying in.A very likely Greek called Tasos Psomas.He is as intigued and apprehensive as we are about the political situation in Greece and the possibilities it presents for European disharmony.We roped the Chinese in as well.Its all gone to hell in a hand cart.
We have about 1200-1300 miles to go to get to NY and if we allow this weekend in Chicago and next in NY we have approx. 5.5 days to cover the ground.
Am trying hard to organise Stanley's delivery to warehouse and subsequent export after we have left the country.Not quite going according to plan at the moment.
Due to meet up with Morris man tomorrow and hope to pick up on a few hints about Chicago etc.     

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Jemma on

Dad, how do you know all this stuff.I can hardly remember how I like my cup of tea.

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