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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Day 3, from the driver

The first thing we did this morning was checking the weather…. cold and sunny, frost on the roof of the car… Annemiek took off, fully geared up in layers. To find out after a few miles that there was hardly any wind and the sun was actually very warm. I was driving with the windows down and managed to get a tan! It turned out to be a very long ride today, all the way up to Newton, Iowa. Over 180 kilometers through hilly roads that seemed to go on and on forever!!! Many cornfields, lots of squealing insects, all day long beautiful butterflies passing by and , hum, lots of flat creatures on the road. We stopped for lunch in Eldora, where we managed to find the only restaurant in town, or so it seemed, and they were about to close within 10 minutes. We ordered 2 great burgers and to our surprise were offered free ice cream after that. No –no- to that of course! Back onto the bike/ in the car we ran into a roadblock. After explaining the purpose of the ride and the hope of not making too many detours, they cleared it so we could get through!! In the meantime I had been able to get a complementary room at the Quality Inn in Newton, and had set up an interview with the Newton Daily Post that will cover Annemieks story. Arriving in Newton, we unloaded the car, stretched and sat in the hot tub. Then time for a quick dinner, a stop at the grocery store and finishing up the day with writing the blog and a massage… tomorrow on to Osceola
Mason City- Newton 182km=113m


  • At 3:04 AM, Anonymous Jos en Vera Boesten said…

    GREAT to see your pics and hear about your day rides! We're all rooting for you from this side of the ocean/bar, even Sas, Bas and Bart from Greece!!

    Go for it, babe!!

    xx Jos en Veer

  • At 6:04 AM, Anonymous wronsm said…

    Hey you two...missed you both, along with missing the sky, the golden soybean fields and the fresh air. I'm glad to report none of my aches have lingered, and I rode to work thinking of you both. I told you it would be warm!!! I am so proud of you
    Annemiek, and treasure the experince of accompanying you to Iowa. I'll be there the rest of the way in spirit. love, Nia

  • At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You go girl....the wound clinic is routing you on!!! What an adventure. I can only imagine that it will get even better once you leave Iowa!!
    Miss you, Angie and the rest of the gang here.

  • At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Mike Terry said…

    Way to shine Annemiek. Keep up the good work. Ride safe and RideStrong.

    Looking forward to seeing you in Locust Grove and Austin.


    Mike "CCC" Terry

  • At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In an earlier version you had a proposed route map to Austin. I can not find it. Help. Sounds like you are cruising. My sister who lives in Northfield asked the name of the resturant who would not comp you for lunch. She would have a conversation with them.
    Bob The Seasoned one.
    Each day is a gift. Why not share it with someone?
    Carpe diem CCC


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