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Jun 28, 2013 - Davenport, IA

We left Story, Iowa around 1000 this morning. The weather was bright and sunny but the wind was blowing hard out of the southwest. The wind was basically a direct crosswind as we traveled south on I35 toward Des Moines. At De Monies we turned east and and headed for Davenport, Iowa. The wind blew hard the entire 200 miles but this time it was quartering wind with a tailwind component which helped push us along. There was likely some improvement in mileage due to the tailwind component but it was nothing to talk about to long about. Traffic...

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Newfoundland 2013

Mar 29, 2013 - And so it begins!

It's 2am, and while I should be sleeping soundly and getting a good night's rest before my adventure begins, here I am JUST finished packing and praying that the ticket counter employee will have some sympathy at 5:30 in the morning and not charge me extra for my 51 lb. checked luggage. I don't have any huge statements to make before I leave the US, except for how completely unreal it feels to me that I am finally going to the Dominican Republic. This is something I have wanted to do since my freshman year at Creighton almost 6 years ago,...

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Dec 25, 2012 - A Fine Day For A Fine

I won’t go into all the details (as I do most years) about tearing down Christmas, but suffice it to say that Jill is cutting back some year after year, and we still have one of the most beautiful Christmas houses I’ve ever seen. The other really good news, again unlike last year, is that Jill DID NOT trip in the garage with a big glass vase, and she didn’t start our trip south with a big shiner. In fact, except for a brace on her right wrist (a result of a September impingement surgery which is a bit slow to heal), Jill is practically done...

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New Year, Old Mexico

Oct 13, 2012 - Beat the Storm to Davenport

The weather forecast for today was just ghastly, rain and wind, just the weather conditions I love when we're driving (not) so we decided to hit the road early and hopefully beat the worst of it. Joe had hooked up the Jeep last night and it was dry for him to disconnect the utilities, just water and electric here. With a full pot of hot fresh coffee, we hit the road south bound for Davenport. It was only 77 miles and we covered half the distance before it started to rain. It was a full blown thunderstorm by the time we reached the RV park,...

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Sep 25, 2012 - Dead Head East 2

No pix today as we are not yet on The Mother Road. We are about 170 miles to the start of Rte. 66. Tomorrow, we plan an early start to the beginning which is at Lake Michigan in Chicago. We should be in open country and into small towns by afternoon. Now, the fun starts.

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Sep 20, 2012 - Davenport, IA

The 170 miles we drove were easy and smooth, though there are rough spots in the road surface. We noticed the Interstates are getting worse. Our personal joke is that most of the contractors who make these roadways need to give back 50% of the money! Though some speed limits say 70 mph, try it with 8 1/4 ton rig on your back! Ain't happening... We'll stay at 60 mph, thank you. The park we chose is a Passport America park, way down on the list of facilities, but it's quiet, far off the freeway. This stop in Davenport is a "do nothing" stop....

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Sep 17, 2012 - Rock Island - Ilinois

Monday moved on again driving for nearly 3 hours reached Davenport in Iowa about 11.15am after setting up & a late breakfast we headed off to Rock Island in Illinois for a walk along the Mississippi River we walked a fair way but then noticed the dark clouds and it was forecast to rain so turned round and headed back to the car just, got back in time before torrential rain came down only stopping here 1 night then a long drive to Indiana in the morning.

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Wandering America

Jul 19, 2012 - The long and winding road

Long travel days yesterday and today, with one more to go tomorrow. Cody Wyoming to Wall South Dakota, Wall to Davenport Iowa.....then Davenport to Cleveland for 2 days....all 500 + days of travel. Very boring on the Interstates...you see Corn growing, Soy beans growing and many Wind farms.....once in awhile you see a deer. will spend a day in Cleveland visiting the Rock and Roll hall of Fame.....then on to the Adirondacks and Lake George, by way of Old Forge and Route 28....just for a change. That's all Folks, Tom & Linda

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May 22, 2012 - Day 10 Moline and Davenport

This morning we went to the John Deere Pavilion in Moline. It is a large building housing many examples of machines that Deere and Company makes. There were harvesters, road building equipment, and lawn care equipment built in Fuquay-Varina, NC. There was an interesting concept robotic harvester and a tree harvester that can walk through the forest on 6 feet. Neither is in production and both remind one of some of the machines in Stars Wars. A funny: As we were sitting watching the John Deere and Co. video, a little girl of about 8 came...

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May 21, 2012 - Day 9 East Moline, Iowa

This morning we went to the John Deere Harvester plant. They make combines. We saw lots of welders, some robotic welders, and other people doing their jobs making combines. The most interesting part was watching the parts go through the paint process. Here are huge combine chassis and harvesters being dipped into paint vats that are 16 feet deep and coming up green. It was interesting to watch, but a much slower production line that some other plants we’ve been to because of the size of the product. But it’s all American made. The...

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May 20, 2012 - Day 8 La Clare, Iowa

May 20 – Day 8 La Clare, Iowa Today we explored La Clare, Iowa. It’s one of the riverside towns just up the river. We went to the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum. He was born here and so a favorite son of the town of La Clare. There are some exhibits about Buffalo Bill but mostly its town memorabilia. It’s one of those little local museums done by volunteers as a place to house “Aunt’s Susie’s stuff that we just can’t throw away now that she’s dead”. There are rocks, quilts, old toys, and yearbooks or class pictures every class of Le Clare High...

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May 19, 2012 - Day 7 Quad Cities, Iowa

We spent the day exploring the Rock Island Arsenal. It’s on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River officially in Rock Island, Illinois and just a short drive across the bridge from Davenport. It’s a working army post so there is one gate at one end of the island and one gate at the other end. In between are rows of buildings that look like early 1900 office buildings or barracks. They are 3 stories of limestone rock with large window. Yes, some are offices, but most are really manufacturing plants for munitions and artillery in...

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