Town & Country Inn And Suites Quincy
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... space for a tent. The site they assigned to me was literally on a hill. I plugged into a nearby electrical box for an hour at an unclaimed flat campsite and filled up my dromedary at the spigot. I didn't go on the cave tour because it was another $18. It was a pretty area despite the tourist flavor. I haven't seen a touring cyclist since Colorado, so I'm excited to be back on track with my established bike route maps. Maybe I'll run into one soon. It's so nice when that ...
... and wanted to get to campground.. $19night with electric. No cell service, will leave early in the morning. Jim is working and needs the service plus, not a nice place to hang out. Buggy and the trees/woods look rather sickly and uninviting. We took off around 8:30 am. Landed in a town off the interstate and did laundry at laundromat -nicer one than last time. Jim conference call.
... 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! ...
... staying there for the weekend.
Our day started around 11am and we drove downtown with Brian and his associate, Debbie, in Brian's bright orange Jeep (with the top down since it was a GORGEOUS day). We visited a number of businesses and ticket sellers and every last person we encountered was a pleasure to meet. Lots of smiles and welcomes from the folks of Mt. Sterling which made us really happy.
On our way back to the campground for our lunch break, ...
... did not know that Mark Twain had written so many books and that he drew so much from his childhood experiences and as an adult researching by going/doing. Also his families history gave a great insight into life at that time. fascinating stuff! There were also several other houses in the downtown area that were lived in by people when Samuel lived there and found their way into his books.
While I was in the 'gallery' I met a group of Australians who were also following ...