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Aug 4, 2016 - August 1 Cambridge, WI to Harvard IL (69 miles) to Ottawa, Il (86 miles)

We are starting to rely more and more on Google Maps for directions and routes that keep us off the main highways!! Easy to follow when we leave my phone on and they tell us where to turn! you almost have to do it that way because the directions are a mile here and turn, half mile turn, turn, turn, turn!!! We left Cambridge after a lovely breakfast with Georgia and Phil!! It would be so easy to pour another cup of coffee, sit on the back deck and continue our conversation from last night!! They are so lovely! But we dutifully got on out...

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Apr 18, 2016 - Ottawa, Illinois

Stopped in Ottawa on my way to Chicago. It is reported that 10,000 people stood in Washington Square to hear the first Lincoln Douglas debate. Lincoln argued that the constitution stated that all men are created equal and slavery should be abolished. Douglas argued that each state should decide that question on their own- "popular sovereignty." On a long wall facing the square there is a wonderful mural called " Day of the Great Debate." There are 6 murals in Ottawa - I only found 3 and was able to take pictures of 2. The first was at the...

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Oct 20, 2011 - Finally arrive in Michigan

Weather continued into the next day, we drove thru showers, but each stop it was clear. Went around the lake and visited the Dutch encampment, Holland MI and Tina got some wooden shoes (cause it's all about the shoes), we arrived at her brother's vacation house just in time for dinner, thick juicy steaks on the bar bee. I usually don't bbq when it's raining, but if you live in Michigan that would probably mean letting your grill rust away. Keith and Cathy have a nice place right on the river where he takes people fly fishing. Overnight the...

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Jun 26, 2011 - Ottawa, Illinois

What fantastic weather we are having. We stopped in Ottawa, Illinois to ride on the Illinois & Michigan Canal Tow Path State Trail. The trail also connects to a loop along the river into the downtown. We stopped for a few geocaches and a soft serve ice cream which we both thought was even better than DQ. After riding and exploring we moved on to Princeton, IL for the evening. It is staying light so late that we almost forget to go to bed. Either that or we are jet lagged from the one hour time difference between Eastern and Central time...

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May 12, 2010 - Ottawa, Illinois

Daddy is headed to Oregon- He was assigned a massive travel trailer to haul and Shane has a 31 ft motorhome. (See the pics) It will take him 4 days to get there before he will head back to Indiana. I am sad to hear he will not be home for at least another 10 days. I miss him giving me big hugs and kisses, giving me tickles and blowing on my belly, pretending with me and snuggling!! Tonight he slept in Ottawa, Illinois- where will he go next?

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Dec 8, 2007 - Visiting Friends - Bartelmeys & McCorkles

Saturday, December 8, 2007 Bartelmeys Home, Marseilles, IL Visiting Friends - Bartelmeys & McCorkles Jonthan and I spent the last couple days visiting with Ted, Sheryl, Leo and Savanna Bartelmey out at their place. I can't believe I didn't get any pictures though! The kids spent hours playing outside in the snow while Sheryl and I visited. (Maybe that's why I missed the pictures.) Jonathan had a ball. They played with the sleds. They built snow furniture but according to Jonathan, the big event was the bump he and Leo built on the road. He...

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Jun 9, 2007 - Back in Ottawa

Saturday, June 9, 2007. Arrival back in Ottawa. We got back home in the afternoon. We parked the RV out in front of the house and unpacked. We figured we'd get to bed so we could be at church early in the morning and then get going on the packing when we got home. We have until June 22 to get everything out of the house. Fortunately, we started when we put the house on the market. We have two weeks to get it all done.

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