It has been a busy couple of days and now we are back on the road!
We spent yesterday and this morning with our friends Paul and Sandy in Saint Paul, MN. Yesterday they graciously opened their home to us and what a fun day it was! After arriving at their house Sandy took me to lunch at Tucci Benucch where we enjoyed some Placido Pinot Grigio, an appetizer of butternut squash ravioli, and a main course of Chopped Chicken Salad (ingredients included: gorgonzola, bacon, tomato, scallion, pasta and mustard vinaigrette…YUM!) We then walked off our lunch at the Mall of America while Paul and Willis visited at the house. After Sandy and I got back to their house some other mutual friends (Dave and Laurie) joined us all for a fun evening and a delectable dinner of salmon and pasta. Sandy also prepared the best raspberry crème brûlée I’ve ever tasted.
After sleeping soundly in one of Paul and Sandy’s beautifully decorated guest rooms (this is a BIG deal considering we’ve slept exclusively in Clyde for the last couple of years… but Sandy insisted and it was fun to take a one night “vacation” from Clyde) we enjoyed breakfast and then I headed out with Sandy to the nail salon. While Sandy got a manicure I enjoyed a pedicure. Does anything feel nicer than the pampering that is a professional pedicure?
Then, after enjoying lunch with Sandy and Paul at Pardon My French in Eagan, we said our goodbyes (until we return in May) and headed out to get Clyde worked on at Lake Region RV in Ramsey, MN. Aside from needing to get our generator oil changed we had also sprung a leak behind our toilet. The nice men at Lake Region RV repaired the leak, changed our generator oil, replaced our macerator hose, and did a few other “need to fix” items on our list.
With all of Clyde’s parts working as they should be we then headed for the Great River Road (also known as the Mississippi River Trail). As per the official Great River Road website, “… the Great River Road - historic byway of the Mississippi River. A leisurely scenic drive is the classic American way to relax and connect to the countryside. As one of the oldest, longest and most unique scenic byways in North America, the Great River Road offers respite to millions of travelers seeking a getaway - from a leisurely day's drive to an extended vacation. And there's plenty of Great River Road to see. Nearly 3,000 miles long and running through 10 states along the Mississippi River, the Great River Road offers a gateway to the river valley's great history, the blending of cultures and a host of recreational options to all who journey it.” I’m not sure how long we will follow this road, but the little bit of it we enjoyed today was pretty! I can’t believe the autumn colors are already starting to make an appearance! What happened to summer?
Tonight we are parked at the Treasure Island Casino in Welch, MN. I must admit that even though they are kind enough to allow us to park in their RV parking area for the night, both Willis and I are too tired to go into the casino to try our luck gaming. We simply ate a quiet supper of leftovers and are now snuggling in for a quiet evening and a sound sleep as we listen to the wind blowing outside and reflect on good friends, happy times, and our adventures yet to come.