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Aug 19, 2020 - Maytag cheese and Birti’s pills

I saw the notice this morning that the pills had been delivered to Kieler post office. I decided to go ahead and drive so that I will be sure to have them. Leave the full five hour round trip without incident, and did get the pills. They were in a very tiny box and I think that may have contributed to some of the delivery issue. However priority mail is very questionable right now. I then went to the Maytag dairy to get blue cheese for which they are famous. Did see the place where the Maytag washing machine plant was located. Now part of...

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Aug 18, 2020 - Pella

We drove to Pella and found that both Pella windows and Vermeer construction equipment have headquarters in this Iowa town. The town is very Dutch, we toured the windmill and also the historical Dutch village in town. There were many interesting shops, one bakery had a long line inside so we decided not to sample some of their famous items. The tulip festival is held here every year and there is a very nice place in town where the queen is crowned. We did hear the glockenspiel but missed it and could not see the next viewing as it was...

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Aug 17, 2020 - Freightliner

Today we had a 10 AM appointment at Freightliner. They did come out and wrote us up about 1030, took us into the shop about 1130. They put a new mechanic on us so that was not particularly helpful. He did allow us to stay in the eagle with Birti and Manny. Thankfully. Ray was able to talk with him as he tried to troubleshoot the system, he called Freightliner Technical service and they told him to call REV. He was in so long a Q at rev technical that he gave up, put Freon in the system, told us there wasn’t anything else he could do. We...

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May 29, 2014 - Newton, IA

We are in Iowa, Toto! We drove past many interesting signposts. Paul says we'll come back another time.... I saw many antique malls, a sign to the Herbert Hoover Museum, factory outlet stores, a consignment mall, the Kinze Innovation Center (they seem to manufacture farming equipment) and the Kellogg Museum. So much to think about! Tomorrow we start towards the Badlands National Park with tomorrow night half way there. Then we will rest for several days and regroup.

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To Alaska and Back

Oct 1, 2013 - Iowa

Use your imagination here.... I-35 north to south across half of Iowa with 20+mph headwinds..! When we were getting ready to leave on the trip, I called our friend, Bill, the truck driver who knows a LOT about roads to see what would be our best bet for the longest segment of our trip. When I mentioned Newton, his response was "what are you doing there???" Now we've been wondering the same thing! ha Ready....? We picked a campground that would be easy in and out since we only had one night and didn't want to unhook. Found one that was 'in...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Day 2

From Grand Island to here, we saw corn fields, milo, corn, soy. . . did I mention corn? And wind farms (which I think are beautiful). We went through DeSoto which claims to be the birthplace of John Wayne as well as the starting point for touring the Bridges of Madison County. (We didn't see the Duke or Clint or Meryl anywhere.) We thought yesterday was hot. Today set a record -- 102.

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New England 2013

Sep 17, 2012 - Red Rock & Pella

Sunday drove 18 miles out to Red Rock Lake the largest lake in Iowa, years ago there were 4 towns where the lake is but when they built the dam they then flooded the area most people had left years ago after they had closed the coal pits down. We walked over 6 miles around the lake and over the dam, glorious day for it. Then drove onto Pella only 3 miles away a little town with a touch of Holland where loads of Dutch people settled many years ago, even a Windmill in the town.

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Wandering America

Sep 17, 2012 - Winterset & Des Moines

Good flight out finally got to the hotel at 11.30pm US time after leaving home 8.30am our time. Woke up to rain but it stopped by the time we had got to storage to pick up RV & Car. We arrived to find a flat tyre on the car which Wal managed to pump up with a foot pump looks like it might need a new one as that tyre had gone flat before. Both the RV & Car started first time which was brilliant usually we always have to call out breakdown for the RV, so we were on the road by 9.40am driving to our first campsite which was only 33 miles away....

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Jul 30, 2011 - Travel day - Newton, Iowa

Travel day from Greenwood, Nebraska (Pine Grove RV Park and Campground) to Newton, Iowa (Newton KOA). Our time in Nebraska was kinda quiet due to the fact that Ken is still fighting his infection but we still had a great time visiting with Gwen, John and Aaron. We was fortunate to be close to family with his relapse and was able to get great medical care. We was able to pick Aaron up several times from Kids Club and go for lunch at his choice of dining places and then playing some Wii or shopping or just plain relaxing. Also enjoyed...

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Jul 11, 2011 - Newton, Iowa, USA

We decided to stop in Newton, Iowa at a KOA for 3 nights. We replenished the groceries, did 5 loads of laundry, and cleaned the coach. Later today we will go looking for a barber shop for Clarence. This morning at 4:00 AM we were awakened to strong winds and rain. We turned on the TV and there were all kinds of warnings out. We got dressed thinking we might have to go to the campground bathroom which was listed as their tornado structure. However, the storm passed and all is well at the campground. There were a couple of semi trucks blown...

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May 20, 2010 - Newton, IA

May 20 Newton KOA Newton, IA Our destination today was supposed to be Rock Creek State Park in Kellogg, IA. We had stayed there 2 years ago and it is a great place. When we got there, today, most of the sites were reserved and the two that were open we decided against due to the looks of the campers nearby. (Okay so we’re snobs!) We found a KOA in Newton and stayed there. It was a clean campground but not what we would prefer. It backed up to the highway so quiet time wasn’t possible. We found out that the Iowa Speedway was this weekend and...

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Oct 2, 2009 - Iowa in the Rain

THURSDAY, October 1 -- It's been raining off-and-on all day. We arrived at the Rolling Acres RV Park. It's in the town of Newton, just 8 miles down the road from the campground we were at in June of 2008 - "the Tornado episode". We decided to not tempt fate by staying there again. FRIDAY, October 2 -- Still raining. Nothing heavy, just pesty stuff. Drove south to Pella to see the sights. Spent several hours touring through the Interpretive Center at the Pella Historical Village and Vermeer Mill & Windmill. The windmill tour was quite...

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