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  • Day45

    hello iowa

    April 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    die Tage sind nicht sonderlich spannend, wir haben noch 2257 km vor uns bis zum Grand Canyon oder wie ich sage: Grand campyon 😂😂

    Gestern haben wir auf dem walmart Parkplatz nicht schlafen können weil wir sonst ein Ticket riskiert hätten also haben wir auf einem Rastplatz geschlafen. Jetzt geht es weiter Richtung Süden bzw Südwesten.

    Wenn wir durchfahren würden wären wir morgen früh um 9 da (wir haben grad 11:47 Uhr). Hoffen wir kommen schnell an 🌚🌚
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  • Day7

    Nebraska & Iowa

    September 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    There’s an old Bob Segar song with words like “on a long lonely highway east of Omaha”, we can see where he got his inspiration from, having just driven that way, then when we finally reached the city itself, all we can say about that is the main highlight was seeing the head office building of PayPal and that was pretty exciting.... come on, who can say they’ve seen that!
    But then we heard their head office is actually in San Jose, California so that was a let down, now we’ve no idea what the imposter PayPal building was all about.

    So then we drove around hoping to find more attractions like possibly Walmart’s almost head office building but without any luck, but then leaving the city and going into Iowa we crossed the Missouri River which is the border for the two states.

    We don’t know why they pretend to have stuff like international headquarters of various corporations or show a block of land with a lame horse and two chooks to keep it company and are claiming that, that is the spot that NASA almost purchased to launched their Apollo 12 space mission to the moon when they have a river like the Missouri running straight through the guts of the place.

    The Missouri River is impressive and it’s stuff like this along with the Grand Canyon, Sequoia Forests and the Great Lakes that really define this place, it gives Americans a good excuse for their ostentatiousness, arrogance and flag waving attitude, their country is spectacular, that’s why we keep coming back, just have to ignore the other side of that, all the damage and destruction, the crumbling parts of the country.

    We’re headed for the Mississippi and this will be a welcome sight because for three days and three states we have driven through nothing but corn fields.
    We’ve heard before of how much corn they grow here but you need to see it, your imagination can’t.

    We past a town called Kellogg probably named after old Mr Kellogg of corn flakes fame.
    You can just imagine years ago old Harvey sitting out on the stoop looking from horizon to horizon, from state to state, thinking s#*! what the hell we gunna do with all this here corn.

    So then Harvey stops whittling, gets outa his rocking chair and heads out into the barn.
    Mrs Kellogg doesn’t see him for three days and keeps yelling out “Harvey what’s y’all doing out in that there barn, y’all come and get some breakfast now ya hear!”
    Another three days go by and she yells out again”. Harvey don’t ya want no breakfast ?“. “no dear” says Harvey “I done make me own and eyes done a heap for y’all too”

    So finally Harvey comes in and they both sit down to a big bowl of Harvey’s concoction, take one mouthful and spit it out.
    “that tastes disgusting, what’re ya gonna do with it now?”
    “guess we’ll just add a ton of sugar, box it all purrdy like and sell it at the local store. The rest is history.

    (This history lesson sponsored by R&R’s “True Facts” It’s head office is in Omaha, Nebraska.)
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  • Day8

    Mississippi

    September 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    How come when they come from thousands of miles away, we can buy bananas here for 49c a pound when back home, when they come from just down the road we pay $3 or $4 a kilo.
    Add a few more thousand miles to that distance and we were paying only 99c a pound in Alaska so I tell you what, those thieves in Maclean aren’t so mellow yellow with their pricing.

    With a boot full of bananas and a troop of local baboons chasing us down the road we turned off Interstate 80 onto some quieter backroads to get a better look at the Mississippi River.
    What do you say to describe its size? and the part we were at was very narrow across because there was a bridge there, and narrow is the sensible place to build a bridge.

    This was at a town called Muscatine where we drove over the bridge into Illinois then to Lock and Dam 16.
    Just as we got there six massive barges joined together came up the river to go through the lock.
    The Mississippi is like a seaway, this barge had come up from the southern states and was going on to St Paul, Minnesota, a trip of a few thousand miles.

    As the barge approached the lock workers came out to assist getting the barge through.
    They were friendly so as one old guy walked by he said “hello” and “where y’all from” we say Australia so nodding at the RV and trying to be smart he says. “Australia! y’all drive that thing all the way from Australia”. Being a bigger smart arse I said “no don’t be stupid we put it on the plane as excess luggage”
    He cracked up, shook head and walked on.

    Next his mate comes along, friendly as and says hello, how y’all doing and goes about helping to get the barge through.
    The barge had a couple of deckies. One thing they had to do was secure the barge by tying it to the sides because of the force of the water when the lock gates were opened would have swept it back out again.

    We were looking at the river, considering the distances the barges travel and thinking this could be a great lifestyle if you are that type of person so seeing everyone was so friendly I called out to one of the deckhands asking what they were carrying.
    “ concrete” he says. I hope he meant cement or they would be in for a bit of a shock by the time they reach St Paul.
    “good job working on the barges” I say
    “ yeah good job, pays not bad but the place is full of “no goods”
    I crack up because I thought he was saying this like we might rib a mate or fellow worker, in that affectionate Australian way because just near him was another deckie but no he never cracked a smile once and then he was off.
    “yeah the place is full of no goods they’re everywhere... no goods! yeah can’t say nothing to them, not them no goods! You say something to them no goods and there’s trouble, them no goods is trouble”

    This went on and on and as the barge left the lock and continued on he was still going. We couldn’t understand a word of it except the occasional “no goods”.
    One of the lock operators heard all this and as he was finishing up he walked back past us and put his hand to the side of his mouth like he didn’t want anyone else to hear and said “a lot of them are just out of jail”.
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  • Day232

    Der Mississippi

    April 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Zwei Nächte hab ich an den Ufern des Mississippi River verbracht. Auch hier im Norden der USA ist er schon ein beeindruckender Fluß. Das Übliche Hochwasser das er jedes Jahr im Frühjahr hat geht auch langsam zurück so das der Campingplatz teilweise schon im trockenen war.

  • Day127

    DUBUQUE, IOWA

    August 4, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    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 ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    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:

    https://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/692/258/Amtrak-California-Zephyr-Train-Route-Guide-2014.pdf

    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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  • Day50

    Marshalltown, Iowa

    May 11, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    The Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge spans the Missouri River. You can walk from Omaha, Nebraska to Council Bluffs, Iowa and back again - which is exactly what Denny and I did today.

    We were entertained as we walked by military skydivers and planes performing a flyover. Omaha was having a special event to honor first responders and military personnel.

    A beautiful day on the river.
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  • Day51

    Dubuque, Iowa

    May 12, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    General Ulysses S. Grant was born in Ohio but he and his family lived in many different towns throughout his life including Galena, Illinois.

    The family was living in Galena and Grant was working in his father's leather goods store right before the Civil War broke out. Grant rejoined the army - long story - and went on to greatness.

    The General looked upon Galena as his adopted hometown and after the war the town presented him and his family with a newly built and completely furnished home as a thank you for his war service.

    Denny and I toured the home today. And then spent some time in Grant Park and walked across the Galena River. We found a neat Italian restaurant in the historic section of town.

    We crossed back into Iowa - Dubuque - 'cause that's where our hotel is located - another long story. The Mississippi River is looking quite high.
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  • Day16

    Lake Anita State Park, Iowa

    September 13, 2014 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    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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