Dubuque for lunch, Davenport overnight!

Trip Start Jun 19, 2013
Trip End Jul 02, 2013

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013     The Racers met at 7:30am to pick up the daily race instructions, but encountered a delay. While the advance team went out to survey the route, they discovered some unsafe areas within the instructions due to very heavy flooding , and washed out roads from the nights rains. Having to rearrange the route and print up some changes, it was finally decided that the first leg of the race would not be timed and that they would just travel safely and get to the lunch spot in Dubuque and start the timed legs after lunch from there. During the drive there, they drove through more rain, mud and some flooding.   Since Matt and Ken left in the 2nd position they were one of the first to arrive in the town of Dubuque, and found that the local paper was waiting to interview them about the Great Race and would be doing a full page article on the Racers visit.  They continued on the route after lunch and found that in Bellevue, Iowa,the local police had blocked off the road through the down town area of about 6 blocks so that only the Racers could pass through. Matt said he thought that everyone in that town was out on the sidewalks, cheering them on and waving. They were so grateful for the courtesy, it lifted their spirits after the tough morning they had just been through. They also had gotten lost a couple of times today, somewhere in the cornfields of Iowa. Matt said he could hear the corn growing...
Meanwhile, Jim and I took a little time to do laundry and visit with Jim's friends Ann and Tim Rogers, who came to La Crosse to see Jim. When we finally got on the road, it was a nice 79 degrees but because of the rain, it was humid. We come into the towns in the evening, and go right to the hotels after the daily finish ceremony and diner in the park areas of towns, so we don't see much of it, until the morning...as we drove through La Crosse, I realized just how pretty it was, we saw some of the business with names like "Hungry Peddler" and "Chapter ll Bar" and the very large Gunderson Lutheran Hospital. After driving awhile I realize that it wasn't going to be a good idea to take pictures out the front window of the car...we have massacred too many bugs!! So I will just have to tell you what we saw. The area of Wisconsin is just beautiful, gorgeous large brick churches with tall steeples , cottonwood and pine trees all over the place with wide open spaces that have been cleared for farming, everything was so well taken care of...there were no weeds, the grasses and farms were such a pretty color of green and the dirt that had been turned for planting was a very fertile red color and only a few rocks, but it all looked like a postcard. I told Jim that when Matt and I travel we always see all the cemeteries and funeral homes, so I pointed them out to him, and He said that when He and Rose Marie traveled, she always pointed out the Industrial Stacks. We found "Cemetery Lane" and we laughed about our different lines of work. We saw a small town of Coon Valley Population 765, on the side of a building were dozens of Raccoons. I like to find old Barns...I love to take pictures of them, well we saw a lot of beautiful ones, with rolling hills and green grass. Some of the silo's attached to the tallest barns I have ever seen, were Blue. Jim told me they were porcelain because the grain can get hot and the porcelain doesn't react to it. As we got closer to Iowa the trees changed, we saw lots of Apple trees, and saw that this area must have been hit hard by the rain...we came around a corner just before a bridge that we needed to take to get to the other side of the river at Boscobel, and found that the road was closed. So I quickly got out the map and found the closets place over the river, we drove down some back woods roads and came around a corner and there was the bridge, we got over it and traveled on for about 15 miles, but ended up back where we were suppose to be. We drove through the town and discovered that it is the "Wild Turkey Hunting Capital". We were looking for a place to have lunch, but found a place to by cheese.   We finally got in to Davenport, just about 30 minutes before Kenny and Matt. They came across the finish line and received their times. They were ranked 77th for the day and 75th overall out of 99 racers.THE SLOGAN FOR THE GREAT RACE IS; "TO FINISH IS TO WIN" You are doing great! Just Enjoy! I am so proud of them!  
That is all inclusive, not just the Rookies, We won't know the placements in the classes until the end. 
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Dan Redmon on

You mention the humidity. Matthew, what kind of A/C do you have? Is it the water canister with a rope you pull or open windows? Your too young to know what it is to pull the rope to cool the car. And Vicki take photos you can paint from when home.

Bob Debo on

Vicki you are doing great, Magel and I are enjoying the blogs, and I know that Matt is having a great time.

Tim Rogers on

Vicki, Ann and I enjoyed our visit with you. I might add that the "team" is lucky to have you along. Your informative biog is much appreciated. Safe travel to you all.

Patricia Young on

Thanks for the nice comments of Wisconsin but it is not that nice in the winter. Love Ca in the winter. The humidity has been bad and the rains keep coming. Travel safe.

John and Candy Lange on

This is great to follow the race with your blogs Vicki... sounds like everything is going good so far... can see that the crew is getting their engines refueled in the hotel room... a long day of driving and a little adult beverage to celebrate another day... keep up the good work gang!

Bob Debo on

Hope you are going thru Washington, Mo. We will try to be there wishing you all a safe and great journey.

Todd and Amy Schilling on

It is so much fun to follow all of you on this most amazing race! Thank you for keeping us all informed on how the guys are doing...sounds like you and Jim are seeing some pretty country as well!

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