Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Day 102, 8/18/10 - Muscatine to Orion, IL

Just the Basics: 51 rolling miles through Illinois farmland on a variety of country roads, little traffic and mostly good roads and riding conditions. Tonight we are camping at the Hillcrest Resort outside Orion. Becky told Riley we spent the day rolling down "cornidors"!

It's late and we've just gotten our tent up and our campsite squared away and now we're at the campground restaurant waiting for our dinner, so this will be brief. Note: Dinner came as we were blogging so we ate and then finished the blog. Nice crisp salads and delicious catfish (Riley) and chicken (Becky) with excellent fries.

Tomorrow: Only 33 miles, to Aunt Daisy's B & B in Kewanee, IL- which sounds wonderful. We will take a layover day there and are really looking forward to that.

Today's Photos: (1) A last view of the Mississippi from the bridge; (2) Speaks for itself. (3) the Miller-Fisher Family in Orion - see For Those Who Want More.

For Those Who Want More:

Goodbye, Mississippi River! Today we walked across the bridge over the Mississippi from Muscatine, IA to Illinois, almost exactly as we walked across the river itself at its source at Lake Ataska in Northern Minnesota more than 4 weeks ago - we have spent much of a month along this mighty river which is a part of the heart of this country.

Lunch in Buffalo Prairie: Our bike map says there are no services in Buffalo Prairie, which we reached around Mile 19 today. Boy were we glad to arrive and find the Prairie Creek Market and Deli at 20807 183rd Avenue, Buffalo Prairie, IL 61237, 309-537-9122! We had great buffalo burgers and delicious potato salad and ice cold lemonade - YUM! They've been open about a year and also sell frozen meats, deli meats and cheeses, bread - and lovely looking pies; we could hardly bear not trying them, but with 32 miles still to ride we resolutely pressed on.

Good Samaritans in Orion: We stopped a couple of times in Orion to ask directions to the campground and got some very helpful information. The 2nd place we asked the family we met was sitting outside together and not only provided directions, but gave us bottles of ice cold water, which we drained on the spot. Many thanks to Jeffy and Yvonne Miller, and their daughter and grandson Megan and Aiden Fisher - and Chopper, their puppy.

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