|Start mileage: 37989; end mileage: 38427
We covered 438 miles today – a very long road day. Although we’re both road weary, we did manage to cross the Mississippi River and change time zones.
We took a convoluted route around Indianapolis which seemed to be more direct than blindly following the interstates. Besides, I-465 on the westside has some heavy road construction in progress.
From Summit Lake State Park, we took Indiana 36W to Pendleton to 38W to I - 69 South then picked up I465 W to 865W then I65 N to State Route 32W to connect with I-74W.
State route 32 was a delightful two lane road with native daylilies blooming in all the roadside drainage ditches. Lots of pink monarda was in bloom as well as milkweed, which is a staple of the Monarch butterfly’s diet.
We went through Rantoul, IL, a name which seemed familiar. It’s the home of Bell Sporting Goods, which manufactures bicycle helmets. I think I read somewhere that they give factory tours but we couldn’t stop today.
We spent the night at Coralville Lake, at a Corps of Engineers Campground adjacent to Coralville Dam. The campground has electricity and a dump station but no water hookups. Water is available to cart and there are flush toilets and showers. What more could one want for $ 8.00 a night. (A is a senior citizen with a Golden Age Pass so camping fees are half price here.) The campground is very nicely laid out with trees and graveled camping sites that are nicely spaced. Our thanks to Fred and Betty H for suggesting it.
After dinner, we took a walk down to the lake and dam. Apparently, the dam and spillway didn’t help much with the recent flooding of the Iowa River. Remnants of the June floods is still quite visible and some areas of the campground are closed while the ground dries.