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... and his ability to talk the nurses out of items from their secret stash.
I didn’t want to leave.
The family let me stay and drive back to Fort Madison late-late on my own. The 90-minute highway drive was liberating and exciting. Not new to driving, this was no gravel road or trip with mom to the grocery store. On that night, some twenty years ago, I discovered the solo road trip and the peace it would bring. Sometimes ...
Alright...today's joke comes from special guest contributor Tim:
Why does the Mississippi River flow south from Minnesota?
Because Iowa sucks
Iowa's response is best delivered by my mother's new horse
... told them they were jerks and to leave it alone. Instead I went back to camp and felt guilty. I'm the jerk. Later, when Joaquin was leaving, he came by and gave me a giant bag of trail mix and 12 Clif bars. He said he didn't need them anymore. What a cool dude. I'm taking a rest day here tomorrow since it's free and pretty here. Also, for those of you who are sticklers for pronouncing the S in Illinois... Locals say it's ...
Here in Fort Madison, Iowa (my hometown) packing snacks for the trip. Costco visit (thanks Julie & Nevaeh) yielded enough granola bars and salted nut rolls to grow very tired of them forever. Along with 16 lbs of a homemade fruit & nut mix, and protein in the form of tuna, turkey jerky, and cheez-its. I give the cheez-its one ...
... convoy and tug boat come thru a lock very near our campsite on the river, one of many for the day. What a hoot!
A trip to the Quincy, IL Walmart took us past the most elaborate Salvation Army building we'd ever seen. The building was named in honor of benefactors Ray & Joan Kroc. We googled "Ray Kroc" and enjoyed an interesting story of McDonald's. A campfire capped of our last evening along the Mississippi....TOOT, TOOT! ...