Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

We're on our way down this small gravel road!

Even the cows wonder what we are doing here!

Ah, finally, pavement!

Wow, we made it all the way to Cuba????

Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge...

Crossing the Illinois River...

One of many of the neat farmer stands in the area...

Larry liked this pair of trees 'hugging' the road...

One lonely wind turbine amidst the corn and soybeans...

We've arrived at the Fairground, home for the next few days!

We'll be checking out the Capitol while we're here, looks pretty cool...


We've arrived in Springfield after a lovely two hour drive. However, I have to wonder at where our GPS thinks it's taking us occasionally! We traveled a very narrow cow path, and I do mean that literally, for a part of our journey today. Even the cows were looking at us in bewilderment! One hill was fairly steep and narrow & I was a bit worried we'd meet a farmer traveling at a high rate of speed head-on! But not to worry, we made it just fine!

I'd done a bit of research about places to camp & none of the area campgrounds sounded very promising. The reviews on the Fairground seemed best although it did warn of tight, cramped quarters. Well, we appear to have come during the off season, as it is wide open right now & we are in a very nice, convenient spot for touring the next few days. $20 a night for W/E and a dump site nearby. We can shower in the bathhouse if we choose and it's very clean. We normally don't as we can easily make it 4-5 days without dumping if we're conservative.

Springfield is a nice city, population about 117,000. Just large enough to have a few amenities not available in the smaller towns. The tourist attractions are mostly all centered around Abraham Lincoln of course which we like. He was an interesting man. So, over the next few days we'll be seeing the Lincoln Museum, his home, his tomb and we'll also visit both the Old Capitol Building & Lincoln's law office. We'll also tour the Springfield State Capitol Building, which we usually enjoy very much. The Des Moines, Iowa capitol building was awesome so hope this one lives up to that. Anyway, check back often as there is plenty to see around here and I hope to get some nice pics to share with all of you. Thanks for stopping by, we really appreciate it...



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