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Davenport, Iowa
Mississippi River Exploration
Day 4 - Friday, June 20, 2008
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Pontoon Beach, Illinois

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I woke up this morning looking forward to today's ride.

Twas not to be. Someone far more knowledgeable about trip routing said, "North/south travel within a corridor 25 miles on either side of the river is impossible. Now what?"

The Navigator, true to his profession, had been up during the night monitoring radio, TV (remind me to tell you about the 42" HDTV he brought on this trip), and emergency channels. I suggested he work on an alternate route. Which he did.

We're still paralleling the river. But we're not anywhere as near as we were yesterday. And as long as we're not following the river, I ask him to forgo the two lane back roads. So we made good time in spite of spending three hours wandering around trying to find a non-flooded route from Illinois back to Iowa. Which we didn't :(

We spent most of the day today in Illinois. Every gas station we passed was charging at least $4.009 for regular. Except one. And that's the one where we bought gas for $3.969. No big deal but sometimes we get lucky :)

A special note:
Snoop and I saw a lot of destruction and human misery today. I didn't feel right taking pics of somebody's flooded house that is probably a total loss. Please pray for these folks. They need all the help they can get.

Yesterday I mentioned I hoped we made St. Louis today. Well, we did, almost. We're currently camped at a Flying J just east of St. Louis.

Hopefully tomorrow will be more productive :)

If you haven't read it yet, you may find the extra commentary for this trip interesting.

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T o d a y ' s    P i c t u r e s
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But not today. I've spoken with several truck drivers that own their rig that would give their right testicle to pay that for diesel. They are really hurting. Which means we are hurting. Here ya go June. Southern Illinois is very pleasant. Reminds me of Iowa. I'll keep my opinions of upstate Illinois to myself. We saw this a lot today. You know the saying, "You can't get there from here?" Today you couldn't.
This is an interesting building near Pearl, IL. Looks like maybe it was once used to store grain. Very much in disrepair now. This stone monument sits right next to... This neat windmill. This is near Industry, IL. Which has no industry I could see. Farm town. Maybe it did at one time.
The Illinois River behaving VERY badly. Normally that's a huge corn field. I spoke briefly with the farmer. He lives across the road, "behind" the pic on a little bit of a hill. His front yard had water in it. I asked him about his loss. He said, "I try and not think about it." There are lots of farmers around here in the same situation.

Normally the river is behind the trees in the background of the pic and cannot be seen. At least the ducks are having a good time.

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Drive Time:
Begin: 10:00am
End: 9:00pm
Net (includes stops): 11 hrs, 0 mins
Trip Mileage:
Begin odometer: 54,110
End odometer: 54,497
Net miles today: 387
Average MPH: 35.2
Total trip miles: 2,802

Gas Mileage:
Average MPG to date: 16.2

Gasoline: $64.00
     Price: $3.969/gal
     Bought in: Macomb, IL
Food, ice, etc.: $11.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $5.00 - Internet access
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From Robert:

Q: What is infatuation?

A: The opposite of liposuction.

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From Allison in IA:

A curious fellow died one day and found himself waiting in the long line of judgment. As he stood there he noticed that some souls were allowed to march right through the pearly gates into Heaven. Others though, were led over to Satan who threw them into the burning fire.

But every so often, instead of hurling a poor soul into the fire, Satan would toss a soul off to one side into a small pile. After watching Satan do this several times, the fellow's curiosity got the best of him. So he strolled over and asked Satan what he was doing.

"Excuse me, Prince of Darkness," he said. "I'm waiting in line for Judgment, but I couldn't help wondering. Why are you tossing those people aside instead of flinging them into the Fires of Hell with the others?"

"Oh those" Satan groaned. "They're all from Iowa. They're still too cold and wet to burn.

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