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Winona, Minnesota
Mississippi River Exploration
Day 3 - Thursday, June 19, 2008
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Devenport, Iowa

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Today we drove the Great River Road in Wisconsin and Iowa. The road runs near the river for the most part. Sometimes it runs right beside it. Great views of the river most of the way.

I've seen some flooding but not in any towns. Along the river plenty of farmer's fields are flooded, ruining their crops.

Did you know... a man named Glen Ehlinger did some fiddling around in 1982? The result of his work is in the pix below.

We're camped in a Flying J tonight.

I'm thinking we may make St. Louis tomorrow.

Life is short. May I borrow some of yours?
               ~ Goofy Hoofy
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We finally made it out of Minnesota. So, June, here's your first sign. Highly recommended road if you want to learn more about the river. Seems like there's an "Historical Marker" every mile :) June, do you know the name of this bird? I asked, but it just flew away. Looks to be solid black with red on its wings. They are all over the place here.
Another sign for June. Some website visitors have emailed and complained that I haven't post any pics of the river close up. Will this do? Taken from the boat launching ramp in Bellevue, IA. Here's Glen's fiddle.
He even copyrighted it!
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Drive Time:
Begin: 8:30am
End: 8:30pm
Net (includes stops): 12 hrs, 0 mins
Trip Mileage:
Begin odometer: 53,819
End odometer: 54,110
Net miles today: 291
Average MPH: 24.3
Total trip miles: 2,415

Gas Mileage:
Average MPG to date: 15.4

Gasoline: $73.00
     Price: $3.839/gal
     Bought in: Clinton, IA
Food, ice, etc.: $9.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $5.00- Internet access
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From Will Rogers:

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

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From Bill in Louisville, a sad story:

Bubbles and Barbie, two blonde sisters from Polk County, had promised their Uncle, who had been a seafaring gentleman all his life, to bury him at sea when he died.

Of course, in due time, he did pass away and the two blondes kept their promise.

They set off from Clearwater Beach with their uncle all stitched up in a burial bag and loaded onto their rowboat. After a while Bubbles says, "Do you think we're out far enough, Barbie?"

Barbie slipped over the side and finding the water only knee deep said, "Nope, not yet Bubbles". So they row a little farther....

Again Bubbles asks Barbie, "Do you think were out far enough now?"

Once again Barbie slips over the side and almost immediately says, "No, this will never do, the water is only up to my chest."

So on they row and row and row, and finally Barbie slips over the side and disappears. Quite a bit of time goes by and poor Bubbles is really getting worried when suddenly Barbie breaks the surface gasping for breath.

"Well is it deep enough yet, Sis?"

"Yes, finally. Please hand me the shovel."

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