Our trip from Loves Park to Utica, IL was 85 miles of mostly Interstate 39. It was misting most of the way but that was much better than the storm that passed through the night before we left!
Utica is a very small town just across the Illinois River from Starved Rock State Park, where we are staying. Just like Rock Cut State Park, we only have 50 amp electricity with no water but a good dump on the way out of the park. The sites are very large and well kept, though ours is a little under water from the storm the night before we arrived. By the second day it had dried up a bit so wasn't too bad. We have 1.5 bars of Verizon but the data is pretty good and the satellite connection was easy so we are set.
On Thursday we went hiking in the park. The hiking here is all about the canyons and the river front. Of course that means lots of ups and downs over stairs going up and down the canyon walls. We counted a total of 761 steps total that we either went up or down over a hike of about two miles that took us three hours to accomplish. Doris did very well though she was pretty well finished by the time the hike was over but she is getting stronger and stronger!!
We also hiked around the lodge to see the various chainsaw carvings that had been done. Many were very intricate and many were also carved on trees that had died and were still in place. Luckily we did this hike before the canyon hike or we would not have seen them!!
We leave tomorrow for Crawfordsville, IN, a little outside Lafayette, where we will spend three nights.