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Oct 8, 2011 - York,NE to Davenport,Iowa

Seven hours took us from York,NE to Davenport,Iowa. It was 415 miles and a long day. After a rainy departure the day turned sunny and bright. The golden yellow fall fields rolled endlessly on the prairie. The scenic old barns and farmhouses glistened in the sun while the ubiquitous John Deere harvested the fields. The clouds painted the blue skies and the smell of fall was in the air. We stayed at the Interstate RV Park and treated ourselves to dinner at The Shed-a noted farm style restaurant that is most popular in this area. Prime rib and...

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TRIP OFA LIFETIME IV

Sep 20, 2011 - Another Day - Another Park

We left the beautiful farm scene out our window behind us this morning and moved back across the Mississippi River into Iowa again. Today will be a short travel day, about 100 miles. John wanted to wait to get gas in Iowa because we had noticed the lower prices and sure enough, it was $3.59 when we stopped. Further down the road, we saw prices at $3.45. That is 30 cents cheaper than in Wisconsin. -- We followed along the Great River Road in Iowa all morning as it wound through gorgeous farm country. The colors of the golden corn fields and...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Aug 12, 2011 - Davenport a day with Todd & Tina

Fri. Aug 12 We got an early start on the new couch install, so therefore we got an early start heading west. We were on the road by 9:30 heading west on US-30. We made a big mistake choosing to take this route rather than toll road I-80. Our thought was to stay away from all the truck traffic and all the stop and go on the south side. We found ourselves in down town Chicago Height, stop light every two block and a lot of porch monkeys. (O maybe that phrase is in proper these days). Anyway we finally got ourselves back on I 80 and rolling...

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Aug 5, 2011 - Travel day - Davenport, Iowa

From Amana, Iowa (Amana RV Park) to Davenport, Iowa (Interstate RV Park). Short trip and will post about the few hours we spent with our friend touring the Quad City area. Upon arriving at the RV park in Davenport, Karen Anthony came and she swished us off for a fun day of touring the Quad City area. Her husband, Joy, was not able to join us simply because he was on his way to Canada for a fishing trip. We missed him but Karen is a super tour guide. They were borned and raised in the area and knows history about things you would have a hard...

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Aug 1, 2011 - Elgin to Davenport ,Iowa

We left at 1:30PM after much last minute preparation of the houses and coach. We drove 3 hours and 170 miles to Davenport. We will rejoin Bill and Nancy Wolf in Sun Valley, Idaho on Sunday August 7. The Wolfs have been touring Oregon in our absence. They had to change their plans when their brand new RV had to have its engine replaced after a catastrophic failure. They had to spend 13 days at a motel in Portland while their coach was repaired. It was a very maddening experience-but they made the best of the bad situaton and went...

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Jul 26, 2011 - Long travel day

We got on the road before 8 so we would get through the Chicago traffic around noon. We were successful and traffic was light so we continued on into Iowa. We logged 440 miles which is a long day for us. Tonight we ate at the Machine Shed, a local farmer restaurant. One more day on the road and we will be back in Nebraska. Bill

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Steele summer 2011

Jul 23, 2011 - Mississippi River

Today is mainly a travel day. We spent the night in Champaign, Illinois at a lovely Lowe’s. We got in around 2:00 a.m., but with the time change it was only 1:00 a.m. Bill and I both fell asleep really quickly and slept soundly because we ran the generator all night. The humidity is pretty high, so even though it says low of 75, it’s really 85! After departing before breakfast to beat the heat, we headed toward Peoria. Since everyone was a bit hungry, I fixed Banana Smoothies for breakfast. The girls stayed in their bed just talking and...

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Jul 22, 2011 - Feeling lucky after seeing so many homes and farms underwater

The restaurant where we ate yesterday was sandbagged all around two sandbags high --only the doorways were without the sandbags but the necessary amount to close the ring were standing close by. The RV park where we stayed had all the buildings sandbagged and sandbags over each sewer outlet and tarp and santhatdbags over the septic system. They told us much of the flooding of the farmland and homes could have been avoided if the Army Corps of Engineers responsible for the dam up the Missouri River had done what the people were asking. The...

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May 23, 2011 - Elgin,IL to Davenport,Iowa

We left Elgin at 1 PM and arrived Davenport at 4:30. An easy day in preparation for a long drive tomorrow. We had dinner at The Machine Shed where yhe American farmer is celebrated in food and decorum-A great place where the majority arrive in their bibb jeans and order heaping portions of farm food-mashers,turkey,beef,corn,pies,--you name it. We were the lightest weight couple at the establishment. Many tipped 300++. We fueled up with diesel at $3.96 a gallon-cheapest we've paid this trip. We drifted by countless farms recently planted and...

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May 3, 2011 - May 3-May 23 Elgin,IL--Old Home

When we arrived the leaves were merely buds on the trees. When we left on May 23 the trees were lush and green. Crocus and Lilys are some of the first flowers to appear and the flowering plum trees are spectacular. Barb so enjoyed her time with her 100 year old mother and worked dilligently to plant her summer flower gardens. Her mother's caretaker's son was just newly ordained into piesthood in Elgin on May 21 and we were honored to attend his first mass. It was a special thrill for her mother. I worked about and prepared for the cross...

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Apr 5, 2011 - Good driving conditions today, after a windy yesterday.

April 5, 2011: Tuesday morning at the Lakeside RV Park and Campground in Davenport, Iowa. We ducked in here yesterday afternoon to escape the Iowa winds gusting to 30 mph on the highway. Having learned my lesson about trying to drive in wind the day before, I wasn't ready for more punishment. This is a small park with limited facilities, but it does have water, electricity and sewer for $12.50 a night (PA rate). The camp manager lives in a 5th wheeler in the park, and when I went in to register I was greeted by 4 friendly (thankfully) big...

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Oct 6, 2010 - The Quad Cities

We crossed into Iowa (another new state for me!) mid-morning and arrived in The Quad Cities area around lunchtime yesterday. The Quad Cities consists of Davenport, Iowa, Moline, Illinois, Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois, and the region is split by the Mississippi River. For seven years David's dad was stationed at Rock Island Arsenal, an Army base that is an island unto itself, so David lived there from the ages of ten to seventeen. He hadn't been back since his family left fifteen years ago, and he wanted to do a walk down...

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