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 Dubuque...to 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.