We had a nice send off from the Marshalltown boys, including donuts. We had an escort to the edge of town. Thank you brothers.
What a treat today, only 68 miles. I took it easy and road the hills in a very low gear. I am going to really have to take it easy on the knees. After crawling up the hills we stopped at a fruit stand for fresh watermelon…mmmm good.
We received a very warm welcome from Cedar Rapids Fire. They are in a temporary house. It’s an old beer warehouse. It looks like a government alien holding facility inside. Their old station flooded with 10 feet of water.
Since we rolled into town early, I used my spare time to get a haircut and a shave. Then I went to Walgreen’s and purchased Joint Juice, Glucosamine, Advil, an Ace bandage, and a bag of ice.
We are having dinner with Rescue 1, Engine 5 and Station 10. They put out quite a spread, chicken, ribs, potato salad, macaroni salad, beans and corn bread muffins. Now that’s a fire dept meal. Thanks men.
We were talking about where we were during 9-11. We talked about the men from FDNY we met with. It brought back a lot of memories. That was a terrible time. The bar was set by the greatest Fire Dept in the world FDNY. Thank you for your service.