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7/5/19 – Altoona Iowa

Altoona Iowa is not Des Moines, but since nobody outside Iowa knows where Altoona is, I have to tell people we’re in Des Moines.

7/6/19 – Good Guys

Went to the Goodguys car show at the Iowa Fairgrounds with my nephew-in-law Tony. Who, by the way, is married to Toni. There were many gems and some clunkers among the thousands of old cars. Much fun, but it was hot and I’m not used to walking that much.

This morning was my first real bike ride since the accident. I did 6.8 miles without any issues. Though Google Maps let me down once again elevation-wise. Instead of the reported 80 feet of climbing, I climbed over 200 feet. Not difficult, just unexpected.

7/7/19 – The Greenway

Longer bike ride today. Twelve miles along a very nice series of trails. Lots of friendly cyclists waved at me and I at them.

Dinner with the in-laws at the casino buffet next door to the RV park. Much nostalgia.

7/8/19 – Quad Cities

Wonderful shopping at the Davenport Iowa WalMart. There was a thirty-something women and her teenage daughter wearing matching bikinis and gold-lame sneakers. Mom was telling anyone who would listen that people often mistake her and her daughter for sisters. Nobody believed her.

7/9/19 – Hot Rain

Too hot and humid to ride today. No good roads around here anyway. Then it rained hard. Got lots of schooling done.

7/10/19 – Across Illinois

Pat woke up at 2:30 to find that the air conditioner had ceased to function. This happened once before. I think the compressor motor has a dead spot. Fortunately when we stopped for lunch I fired up the generator and the air conditioner worked again.

The heat index today was over 100. The next two days are going to be cooler. Yahoo!

7/11/19 – The “I” States

Started in Illinois. Drove straight across Indiana. Now we’re in southern Ohio. Searching for some cooler weather.

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Tom Week – In Casino Land


6/28/19 – Casino Land

The surprising lack of fancy parks here in Minnesota has landed us at a casino parking lot for the weekend. Full hookups and cable TV, but no shade from the 90 degree weather.

I had to run in and join the reward club before checking in so I could save ten dollars. It comes with ten dollars free play and my father’s spirit is begging me to go waste it on the slot machines.

The funniest part of the park is that the map lists a structure in the corner of the park as the bath house. No, it’s a porta-potty.

6/29/19 – HOT

The real-feel for casino land today is 103. Over 90 degrees with 90% humidity. The rain storm coming tomorrow will bring cooler weather. Sat inside all day doing nothing. Though I did get to watch the Indoor Football League semifinals with the Iowa Barnstormers. For some reason we have a sports channel out of Des Moines.

6/30/19 – Mankota

This is one of the few cities in the world whose name is a typo. We are in a funky little town on the edge of a cornfield. No, the corn isn’t knee-high and won’t be by the Fourth of July.

The owner of the park is a typical gruff Nordic type. Some reviews of the park called him angry, but he’s a nice guy. He just doesn’t have a bubbly personality.

7/1/19 – The Blue Earth

Lots of rain and sitting inside today. I caught up with my keeping up with learning new computer geek stuff.

Also, we got to watch three people move a derelict riding mower from a trailer to the back of a pickup truck. It was either more interesting than it sounds or we need to get out more.

Happy Canada Day!

7/2/19 – Almost Iowa

Seriously, it looks like Iowa. The Minnesota accent has faded to almost nothing. Except for that wrong side of the border thing, this is Iowa.

We are in a weird park at the end of a crappy rutted dirt road. When we arrived they had the John Deere tractors, made in Iowa, trying to smooth out the flood damage.

We tried taking showers but there was no cold water. Yes, that’s correct. They only had hot water, which by itself was way too hot to shower. Never seen that one before.

Also, I’m going crazy. Tomorrow I ride the bike no matter what.

7/3/19 – Rainy Day

OK, so I didn’t ride my bike today. Before I got the chance the rains came. So lots of sitting around doing nothing. But, tomorrow, bike ride, for sure, or else.

7/4/19 – The Fourth

Good fourth of July. The neighbors have been drinking all afternoon. The sun is setting. The explosions should start any minute now.

Got some laundry done and yes, I did ride my bike. For nearly 200 yards. It’s a start. I’ll do more when we get back to the land of paved roads.



On the RV camp map this is listed as the bath house.

muddy road

The tractor was called in to reroad the mud pits.

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