Days Inn Oglesby/Starved Rock
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Some trip facts. We will have traveled over 4,000 miles, consumed over 500 gallons of gas but have had a tremendous time. Been in 12 states too. Final detail when we get home.
We are only going a short distance today as we are targeting reaching Kalamazoo, MI to pick up our brother-in-law Dick Wilson on Friday the 12th. His wife Gail is attending her 50 year reunion of her Bronson College Nursing class 1964. She will drive to Grand Rapids on Sunday and will stay for about ...
... and caught each other up on 26+ years worth of our lives in something less than two hours. Then, back to the camper to hitch up and get back on the road. We left Shepherdsville around 11:15, and arrived in North Utica, Illinois, around 6:15, having survived another torrential downpour, this time accompanied by wind stong enough to make us stop on the shoulder of the road for a bit. The KOA where we're staying tonight also got torrential rain this morning, and a ...
... us the rest of the day!
For the next hour, we walked around downtown and I swear, every last business we went into had the friendliest folks you could hope for. We spent most of our time in the Village Hall, where people were paying their water bills today, and joked around with a woman who works there, Sherry. We kept trying to get people to give their bill payments to J.P., but no one fell for it. ;) I mean, how else are we going to pay the show back ...
... that cuts through the town was closed for construction, so we couldn't get to the park on the other side of town without traveling about 20 miles out of the way. How do people live like that?
So back on the eastward road toward the Mississippi River. There were several routes we could take, but we decided on a route that would take us on some of the road marked as scenic routes on the Iowa map. We quickly ...
... to have
some. I’m still not sure what kind of
meat it was (Lauren didn’t eat hers) but it tasted OK. It also contained some kind of weird corn
that when I first saw it floating in my bowl, I mistook for animal brain.
After she tried to sell Lauren some honey which she made us
both try, the restaurant owner sent us on our way, pointing us in the opposite
direction we had come in, a sneaky shortcut apparently. We followed the ...