It took us over an hour to get out of the Elkhart/South Bend area yesterdaymorning! I think I said before that they need some freeways. The fastest way would actually have been to go north into Michigan a few miles & then west across Michigan to the freeway. But once we got on the highways & then onto I80 we made good time. It was another 3 state day - Indiana, Illinois & Iowa (barely). And the scenery didn't change much - lots of corn & soybean fields all the way. We stopped just across the Mississippi River into Iowa at Scott County Park in Eldridge, IA. It's a beautiful park with full hookup sites & we could have happily spent several days there.
As soon as we were set up, we drove 10 miles or so back to LeClaire, IA. Does the name ring a bell? We were headed for Antique Archaeology - ding, ding? Yep- American Pickers antique shop. They had lots of antiques on display that we'd seen them pick on the show - the clown shoes that turned out not to have belonged to a famous clown, old old bikes, engines, bicycles, motorcycle jackets, etc. Not too many of the antiques were for sale but they did have t-shirts, hats, etc. for sale. Ha! It was fun to see & there were a lot of people there looking.
LeClaire turned out to be a really neat little town right on the Mississippi River. We asked an employee at Antique Archaeology (no - didn't see Danielle) about good places to eat & when she mentioned a German bar & grill right on the river we knew where we'd go. David was hungry for a burger & she said they had great burgers. Judi went for the German sausages with sauerkraut & spaetzel. We were both happy with our meals. We were back to the park in plenty of time to take Callie for a nice walk around in the evening & to enjoy the beautiful weather & the park.
This morning we continued west on I80. In addition to seeing nice farms & fields of corn & soybeans, we saw big pieces of farm machinery being hauled down I80 from the John Deere factory in Moline, IL, trailers being transported from factories in Elkhart, & we passed the World's Largest Truck Stop & the Iowa Speedway (think Nascar).
We got to Springbrook State Park about 2:30. Judi camped here with her family when she was a child - not that the campground looked the same or she would remember after 60 years! We have very limited wifi here - in fact, we pretty much have to walk up to the top of the dam to get 1 bar - but were able to let Judi's cousin Candi know we were here & invite her out to visit. We spent a couple of hours catching up this evening.
This is being posted from McDonald's 30 miles from Springbrook - closest wifi. Don't expect to post again until next week in South Dakota - hoping for better wifi there. More later...