Monthly Archives: July 2014

Popeye and the great motorcycle escort

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After two nights in St. Louis it was time to move along. I left via the Poplar Street Bridge. This once again placed me for a brief time on an interstate – I-64 – that passes just south of the …

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The pause that refreshes

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I arrived in St. Louis Tuesday afternoon planning to use Wednesday as another day to relax, refresh, and reflect. However, one reason I chose St. Louis was because it also afforded me the opportunity to visit with long time friends …

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Three detours to St. Louis

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Today was the day of detours and the information for the first detour came courtesy of a woman working in the convenience store of a BP station in Hannibal. Though I knew I had enough gas in my tank to …

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Mormons and Mark Twain

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Leaving Davenport I encountered my first real brush with the flooded Mississippi. Though the the river was days past the crest and the water had receded, parts of River Drive were still closed. I should note that Davenport is the …

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Is this heaven? No it’s Iowa. Does anyone give a Figge?

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About thirty miles west of Dubuque sits the small town of Dyersville. Within that mailing address is the farm that until 2012 belonged to the Lansing family. Set your GPS to Lansing road and drive until you see this sign: …

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A day of good choices – Effigies, Pikes Peak, and more turtles

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Today’s stretch of the GRR will take me from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Dubuque, Iowa. This is a distance of 119 miles by direct route and only a slightly longer 130 or so by the GRR. In meandering from St. …

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Eagles, a turtle surprise, and a giant six pack

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Seven-eleven. Would this be a lucky day? It certainly didn’t start auspiciously. Though she’d made me a delicious french toast breakfast Thursday, I had two reasons to skip Liz’s breakfast on Friday. First, I had a rather strange driving plan …

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A day of rest ends with a night of disco

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Let me get this out of the way right up front – the phrase a night of disco is an exaggeration meant to grab your attention but the night included disco. After driving over 3,000 miles in five days, I …

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Journey to the headwaters and a very winding road

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Bad on me for getting a later than planned start Wednesday morning. Like each of the previous stops on this trip, the C’mon Inn offered a “complimentary continental breakfast.” In his new book Carsick, John Waters makes a comment (excuse …

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Roger and Judy

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Today, Tuesday, July 8, is the last day before I start my drive down the Great River Road. I’m staying at the wonderfully named C’Mon Inn in Park Rapids tonight about 20 miles south of Itasca State Park and the …

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