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The Freedom Rock

The Freedom Rock

The Freedom Rock

It was a foggy morning and these wind generators looked spooky

Reminder of days long gone

Farmers are in the middle of the harvest

Not a sight one sees in the city

What a beauty!


Elkhorn, NE We spent the night in Waukee, IA, with Jim’s brother Ron and his wife Mary. Another couple from Jim and Ron’s youth joined us. After a wonderful meal cooked by Mary, we enjoyed the rest of the evening in great conversation, laughing at old memories. After a hearty breakfast today, again prepared by Mary, we were off on the final leg to home. Our cultural fix for the day was a stop at the Freedom Rock. The Freedom Rock is a large (approx. 60+ ton, 12-foot tall) boulder located in rural Iowa that is repainted every year with a different “Thank You” for our nations Veterans to honor their service to our country. For generations, kids had painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. Then, in 1999, the rock received its first patriotic paint job, and since then it has been left completely undisturbed. We meandered through the Iowa countryside and finally made it home late in the day having traveled 5,531 miles in all. We really pushed ourselves this trip and managed an average of 106 miles per day – a feat unrivaled by any other travelers we know!

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