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  • Day127


    August 4 in the United States

    Home. The heartland. Middle America. Have been too busy seeing family to write- even though there's plenty to write about: pickleball tournaments, ghillie suits, fireworks, shooting real guns at the range, vertical jump, Aunt Sara's air hockey table, basketball, cinnamon buns, frisbee games, sticker game charts.... and the plans continue.

    2 SEPT
    Sigh. Always sucks to say goodbye. But we were extremely fortunate to be able to spend so much time in ‘Murica with the fambily. Been too busy winning stars on the star chart to write about all our trips to the batting cage, mini-golf, giving Sara & Alin’s new dog Tyson lots of love, Heritage Trail, Galena, Runs of Death with the airsoft guns, baking pumpkin pies with grandpa, playing Pass the Pigs & rummy with grandma, winning a fortune in BINGO, lighting off Eric’s fireworks, biking up and down the street,spilling BB pellets at Walmart, tetherball scars, canoeing down the Maquoketa with Sophie & Pans, & Sara, eating Uncle Mark’s chokkie bikkies, more pickleball, solving puzzles (so many!), Beecher’s ice cream and Mines of Spain....

    It was brilliant and lovely and I’m always sad to say ‘see ya’ to Dubuque.
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  • Day12

    Steaks on a Train

    July 10, 2017 in the United States

    Today we bid farewell to Chicago and embarked on our biggest journey of the adventure on board the California Zephyr train to Emeryville (with a connecting coach to San Francisco). The 2448 mile journey will take just over two days and takes us through 7 states and 3 different time zones. For those of you that are particularly interested you can read the full guide for the California Zephyr and the sights it travels past at the following link:


    Before I tell you all about our very own Casey Junior, let me say a fond farewell to Chicago. Chicago is not somewhere I've ever yearned to visit but having spent two nights there, I long to go back. My previous impressions of the 'windy city' had always seemed somewhat cold, 'windy', crime ridden and unwelcoming. Granted I've taken this from various US TV dramas and films over the years. It certainly wasn't a happy place in Sleepless in Seattle! However, this could not be further from the truth. The city seemed so full of light and colour not to mention it's diverse and stunning architecture. The colour of the lake is a beautiful turquoise blue which makes the place all the more exotic. I guess the point I'm making is - Chicago is worth a visit.

    We spent the early morning repacking for our big journey... every time we do this I have flashbacks to my recurring nightmare about packing. It's awful. I genuinely have a recurring nightmare where I'm somewhere unfamiliar, running late and struggling to get all the possessions I need into a specific set of limited luggage. Generally just as I think I'm done, several drawers full of more things show up and I have a panic attack. Needless to say, every packing routine is met with a little anxiety! However, so far so good and I still have some space in my suitcase.

    Once packed, we ventured outdoors to experience 'the loop' - the elevated subway system in Chicago to take a unique tour of the city. This was easily the best $3 we've spent.

    We got back to the hostel to pick up our bags and enjoy our left over pizza from Giordano's for lunch only to find some *** had gone and swiped it from the fridge. Whoever stole our pizza - we hope you choke on it! Chicago pizza theft is taken very seriously in this city and so I'm pleased to say the police department have their finest officers on the case. I've heard they're even going to call in Inspector Nuts from Massachusetts!

    Once over our trauma, we made our way to Union Station to pick up the Zephyr.

    We are really pleased with our 'roomette'. I wish I could photograph it better for you. Essentially we have two very large comfortable seats opposite one another in our own compartment which at night folds down into two decent sized bunk beds. We also have a large window to watch the world go by from. All of our meals are included so we venture to the dining car for 3 meals a day. This is a 4 carriage wobbly walk via the Observation Car which is also a delight. We enjoyed a short stint in their after dinner to watch the sunset. Dinner was ok - I had the Amtrak Steak Special which actually wasn't half bad. It's a shame everything is served on plastic plates etc I guess you get what you pay for! We were sat with two Physics students from University of Southampton believe it or not and one of which has their PPL so naturally we got talking about aviation rather a lot.

    Our beds are very cosy... so cosy I fell asleep before finishing this post!
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  • Day28

    Brounion 7000km von Zuhause

    June 5 in the United States

    Da wir uns in Chicago verpasst hatten und Iowa ohnehin auf dem Weg lag, trafen wir Simon in der Stadt in der er als 16 Jähriger 1 Jahr lang gelebt hat. Er war bei einer Freundin untergekommen, die uns netterweise auch einen Schlafplatz anbot. Wir gingen am Abend noch gemeinsam was essen und verbrachten den Montag noch mit einer weiteren Freundin von Simon, die ganz in der Nähe wohnte. Da es in Des Moines außer Freunde und Bekannte von Simon zu treffen für uns nicht wirklich etwas zu tun gab, machten wir uns aber am Dienstag Morgen wieder auf Richtung South Dakota. Wir haben festgestellt, dass die Reiseroute von Thomas und Simon einige Überschneidungspunkte mit unserer hat, so besteht zumindest die Chance, dass man sich irgendwo in Utah oder am Grand Canyon nochmal treffen kann. Wir werden sehn ob es klappt. Abgesehen davon war es ziemlich cool seinen Bruder 7000 km von Zuhause zu treffen und ein Teil von Simons Vergangenheit zu sehen, die einem bisher nur durch Fotos oder Erzählungen zugänglich war.Read more

  • Day2

    Amana Colonies, Iowa

    June 21 in the United States

    The history of Amana Colonies, a National Historic Landmark and one of America’s longest-lived communal societies, begins in 1714 in the villages of Germany and continues today on the Iowa prairie.
    Persecution and an economic depression in Germany forced the community to begin searching for a new home. Led by Christian Metz, they hoped to find religious freedom in America and left Germany in 1843-44.
    In 1855 they arrived in Iowa. After an inspired testimony directed the people to call their village, “Bleibtreu” or “remain faithful” the leaders chose the name Amana from the Song of Solomon 4:8. Amana means to “remain true.”

    😊This was a very neat town to walk around...lots of shops - antiques, bakeries, gift shops, wineries and restaurants
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  • Day16

    Lake Anita State Park, Iowa

    September 13, 2014 in the United States

    Désolée pour ces deux jours de retard mais nous avons eu des problèmes de connections ihih on est toujours en vie !
    Donc, samedi soir nous avons encore roulé pas mal d'heures avant de décider de s'arrêter sur un jolie camping avec vu sur le lac d'Anita (chouette petite ville). On en a aussi profité pour faire un petit tour à vélo autour de ce lac.

    Sorry for the 2 days of absence but we had some connections problem, no worries we are still alive :)
    So, Saturday we drove a lot and decided to stop to a nice little campground near the lake.
    It was sunset time and we did some biking around the lake, it was really beautiful !
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  • Day3


    June 22 in the United States

    Didn't realize how hilly Iowa is!

    Passed a sign for Covered Bridges of Madison County ....didn't know it was in Iowa!
    Looked it up..they had 19 but now only 6 remain.

    Would have planned a stop if I had known but got to get to Omaha for the College World Series ⚾️⚾️ so excited!!

  • Day8

    Effigy Mounds

    November 1, 2017 in the United States

    It was 5 hours drive to Effigy Mounds NM from Pipestone. Pretty uneventful drive. The monument is located on the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. There are mounds there in different shapes. Some are round, some linear, others bear shaped. They know some native Americans made them for ceremonial purposes something like 600 years ago I think. They aren't sure exactly who made them or exactly why but they have found lots of artifacts including human bone, thought to be the people who didn't survive until the annual mound building. It was a really nice place to hike. It's very much fall and there were a bunch of scenic spots that overlooked the Mississippi. Cool place. Then we camped at a near by state park where we made a fire and roasted hotdogs and drank some beer. I kept forgetting it was Halloween but I'm sure we'll buy a bunch of discounted candy soon.

    More adventures tomorrow!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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