Earl and Linda on the Road Again 2010 travel blog

OVER 900 stairs, that is alot of stairs

Alot of the trail followed the Illinois River

One of the locks on the Illinois River, used when barges need...












I thought this shot thru the tree trunk was so cool

We thought because of the rain we would see alot of nice...

There were 25 pieces of art work in the Park, old dead...



This was a carving at a park in Ottawa

Ottawa Monument To Soldiers Lost in The Wars

Washington Square (Lincoln and Douglas Memorial)


Mural in Ottawa


Canal Tollhouse


Illinois Locks (Starved Rock is behind the locks and this is one...


Today was an amazing hike. Starved Rock State Park, Utica Illinois. It was a really good test of our abilities, and found for two old people who have not been working out we are really in pretty good shape. The hike consisted of over 900 stairs and 4 miles of up and down terrain. Mixed trail, concrete, dirt, sand, mud, and wood. The trail followed the Illinois River. Alot of poison ivy and tomorrow we will know how careful we were.

Following a 2 hour hike we had a very relaxing lunch at the lodge on the patio. Found after lunch that we were we could barely stand up. So stiff.

Drove to Ottawa, to another state park and decided that we were over walking. Went into town and enjoyed looking around. We found the I&M Canal Tollhouse which is the only remaing tollhouse used on the Canal to collect tolls from barges for grain, coal, stone and lumber. Someone was on duty 24 hours a day to pivot the bridge. By 1871 boat captains had paid enough tolls throughout the canel corridor to retire the debt that the state incurred in building the canal. TODAY the canal is dry.

W.D. Boyce the founder of the Boy Scouts, was buried in Ottawa.

Enjoyed finding and seeing all the hand painted mural wallscapes on the buildings downtown.

Washington Square, is where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas headlined the first of 7 US Sentorial debates on August 1858.

Glad to be home this evening, opened a nice bottle of Cab, and decided to it would help the stiff muscles. Great day.

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