Friday, August 23, 2013

Training Continues with Less Than a Week Until We Leave

In less than a week we leave for Spain to Walk The Way.
We continue to train nearly every day ~ hiking with full packs or biking.
This week we made a quick trip to Iowa to see Andy's sister Jan and to
get our last chiropractic tune ups.  One day we took a 10 mile hike on the
Pioneer Trail right outside Grundy Center.  It was the first time in
months that I have walked without a backpack ~ felt like I could walk all day!

On the way out we made a quick stop in experience
the Fourth Street Elevator ~ a funicular railway. 
The original elevator was built in 1882 for the private use of a local banker and former state senator J.K. Graves ~ reportedly so he could get home for lunch without walking up the steep hill.
There was a great observation deck at the top ~ you can see Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin!
To be honest, it was kind of scary...the track and supports are very old and worn
and the cables were badly frayed.
I was glad to get back down safely.
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