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The Great Mississippi River Ride 2005

On August 13 a group of some 28 cyclists will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota to begin a 25 day tour by bicycle along the Great Mississippi River from its headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico. The ultimate destination is "the Big Easy": New Orleans, La. I will be with them--as we travel 1800 miles through 9 States following the Mississippi River "on a magical and history filled adventure" ( according to America by Bicycle--the touring company leading the trip). I know many of you followed the website reports last summer on www.bikingwithbill.org as I biked across America with a great group of cyclists on the Cross Country Challenge 2004. This year on this blog site, I will again maintain a daily online journal reporting on the activities of the group, the scenery and views along the way, the historical points of interest, and the amusing and memorable experiences we share. AND OF COURSE, I WILL HAVE PICTURES EVERYDAY! I invite you to join me- and the group- and experience the ride with us. I'm told a blog is meant to encourage reader responses. You are most welcome to send along your thoughts or questions to me here at "the blog". Oh yes--we get under way on Sunday, August 14. I CAN'T WAIT!!!
  • Posted: Sat, 20 August 2005

    Day 7 Galesburg, IL to Keokuk, IA

    In cycling circles there are "the 3 H’s" ; three words that cause concern to bikers: Heat, Hills and Headwinds! We had 2 out of 3 today, as we rode 95 miles from Galesburg, IL to Keokuk, IA. The hills were few and far between–only 2230 feet of climbing – , but the headwinds we encountered for at least 60 miles today presented a challenge to all of us. The afternoon heat also took a toll.
    Thunderstorms in the Galesburg area hit during the very early morning hours before we were scheduled to leave. Many of us carried rain gear though, as the forecast called for scattered thunderstorms in the morning and 15 to 20 mph winds. The skies soon cleared into a HOT sunny day; however, the strong headwinds remained. We fought the winds with an on-going pace line for hours. It certainly slowed us considerably, but there was satisfaction among our group’s riders in our teamwork effort.
    We didn’t see the river until mile 80 in our long 95 mile ride. The landscape was all Illinois farmland-corn and soybean fields on both sides of the rural backroads for as far as you could see. The occasional small towns of Roseville, Raritan and Dallas City were passed through quickly.
    We had lunch and ice cream (only to beat the heat, of course) in the town of Nauvoo–"The City Beautiful of the Mormons". Here Joseph Smith had established a Mormon city and built a temple, only to be subsequently killed by anti-Mormon militiamen. His followers later fled to Utah for their safety. We got off our bikes at the temple for some photos–and a rest.
    The final 15 miles from Nauvoo were right along the Mississippi River–sometimes no more than 20 feet from the river bank. We saw blue heron searching for food in the bogs of water lilies in bloom near the shallow areas of the river. Fishermen in small boats were busy in the deeper water.
    We again left Illinois at the end of the day, crossing the river on a bridge into Keokuk, IA for the night. Buffalo burgers were a popular choice at dinner, followed by a brief walk to the ice cream parlor that stayed open on a Saturday night especially for our gang.
    We have now completed our first week on the road, covering 609 miles along the Great Mississippi River. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa are in the rear view mirror. Tomorrow it’s on to Hannibal, Missouri.. We are having a great time!!

    Did you know? A tip: The best way to clean the water bottles we carry on our bikes is with warm water and an Efferdent tablet.

  • Posted: Fri, 19 August 2005

    Day 6 Clinton, IA to Galesburg, IL

    By 7:00 am this morning we were crossing the Mississippi River and back in Illinois for a long, hot, 87 mile bike ride to Galesburg. Initially, we followed the GIT (Great Illinois Trail) Bike Trail, which parallels the river, but runs through towns and the rolling prairie countryside in this region. We did not see much of the river today, only occasionally, as much of the ride was in Illinois farm land. Mile after mile in the warm sun we passed cornfields and soybean fields. The only variation was on which side of the road the corn was planted---and which side was soybeans.

    Our pace was quick all day. We wanted to get in our major mileage before the afternoon temperatures of 96 degrees. There is no shade available on these country roads. They are truly the backroads with very little traffic.

    Our group of 7 stayed together most of the day. We finished together in a speedy pace line into Galesburg behind Karen and Josh, our ABB staffers, who can really move. It was an exciting way to end a 7 hour bike ride day.

    In the heat and constant sun we were drinking steadily. We had 2 SAG stops, but required additional water, so we stopped at a farm house for water from a hose. We are all well aware of the need to keep hydrated.

    The towns and cities we visited today include: Cordova, Port Byron-a pleasant looking river community, Colona, Orion (where a few of us were photographed for publication in the "famous" Orion Gazette. The weekly will probably explain to the locals why 28 bikers cycled past their farms. We also passed near Moline, where John Deere manufactures tractors and mowers.

    We are getting a lot of practice on the rolling hills. One section today was named "the roller coaster", which explains why our climb stats were 2920 feet.

    It was a quick-paced, hot, long rolling ride that we all enjoyed. It is why we are here!

    Did you know? Galesburg, IL is home to Knox College and the setting for a Lincoln/Douglas debate, It was an inportant city in the Underground Railroad, and the birthplace of Carl Sandburg.

  • Posted: Thu, 18 August 2005

    Day 5 Dubuque to Clinton, IA

    Today's ride had it ALL! We experienced more "adventures in cycling" in one day than is normally experienced in many weeks on the road. It was NOT all pleasant, but none of us will forget this ride from Dubuque to Clinton, IA and some of the adversity we found today.

    First, was the WEATHER. It was raining and dark as we rode out of the motel in Dubuque heading back over the river into Illinois. The ride over the Julien Bridge was entirely "out of my comfort zone". The rain and wind gusts hit us as we rode on a narrow fenced-in path HIGH above the Mississippi. Don't look down if you have any discomfort with heights!!! While coming off the bridge on the Illinois side the heavy thunderstorm hit with lightning and heavy rains. A Conoco gas station became our shelter for nearly an hour as we waited for some let-up in the storm.

    When the heavy rain subsided--and with a 78 mile day ahead of us--we set out on our bikes once again. Soon it began to rain hard with lightning flashes in the sky. We were signaled into a barn for safety by ABB until the storm subsided. Thirty completely SOAKED cyclists packed into a farmer's barn was quite a sight!!

    The hill today were TOUGH--we had one 15% grade climb and several 10% grade hills. In all we climbed 4230 feet over the course of this long ride. The legs are getting a workout!! Who said this ride was "all downhill?"

    In the pretty town of Galena we experienced a flash flood down the main street. We rode on through.

    On highway 20 we biked into Hanover and into Savannah for lunch. The afternoon ride was sunny and hot with strong headwinds all the way to Clinton, IA. We began and ended in Iowa, but spent the day riding in Illinois. several of the river towns have riverboat gambling casinos docked at the wharfs.

    I rode some today with Mordy and his 16 year old son, Gabe. Their "bonding" experience seems to be going very well. They leave us in St Louis, where he is a podiatrist and Gabe begins his junior year in high school. We were all very proud of Gabe successfully climbing the 15% grade hill ..

    So, all in all, it was a day we can talk about and laugh about for some time to come---NOW THAT IT IS OVER!!

  • Posted: Wed, 17 August 2005

    Day 4 Prairie du Chien,WI to Dubuque,IA

    Rick, Dan and I were on the road by 7:00am. We wanted to get in early today to meet up with our Cross Country Challenge buddies in Dubuque.

    Tom picked us up at 3:00pm and took us to nearby Epworth,IA, where we visited his business and his beautiful home for dinner. Ken and Jeff also joined us. Our reunion of 6 brought back great memories and numerous "remember the day when" stories. It was a great evening.

    Today's bike ride of 68 miles was in the words of our tour guides at ABB, "probably the toughest day of the trip". Truthfully, it was tiring, but not that difficult. I sense-and others do as well- that we are stronger now with several days behind us.

    We had several challenging climbs today and a lot of big rolling hills. The total climbing elevation was 4580 feet.

    After the morning fog near the river lifted, we rode in bright sunshine with temperatures reaching the mid-80's. The route took us into 3 States: Wi, IL (briefly) and finally IA. We crossed the Mississippi River from East Dubuque,IL into Dubuque,IA over the Julien Bridge, a National Historic Landmark, that took us high above the river.

    All day long we passed through gorgeous green farmland. We saw Wisconsin at it's BEST! In our sights for much of the day were dairy cows, spiraling rows of corn on the hillsides, and hardworking farmers in their fields harvesting hay.

    We traveled mainly quiet country roads and passed through the small towns of Bagley, North Andover, Petosi, and Dickeyville, where we visited the Grotto made of stone, glass and shells from around the world. Very pleasant riding.

    The best cycling of the day was demonstrated by Jerry (NC) and Daco (NL) as-- someone noted-- "they danced on their pedals" while standing and climbing the tough hills.

    Did you know? The word "Mississippi" comes from the Ojibway Indian name for the river, "Messipi", which means BIG RIVER

  • Posted: Tue, 16 August 2005

    Day 3 La Crosse to Prairie du Chien, WI

    We began our ride this morning before 8:00 am, following a healthy breakfast at Perkins. We were able to "sleep in" a little later today considering yesterday's long century ride and a rather short 65 mile route today.
    I rode out of town with the group I call the "Bay City Bombers" (really the Tri-City Cyclists), through the busy streets of La Crosse on a very foggy morning. Visibility was hampered by the dense fog enveloping the area near the river, but I had no trouble seeing my riding mates: the 5 members of the TRI-CITY CYCLISTS. Connie, Neil, Dan, and Scott were all wearing their bright yellow club jerseys. This remarkable group meets ever year to do 1 or 2 bike rides together. The club is based in the Bay City, Midland, and Saginaw,Michigan area, but 2 of the members live in California.They had met on a ride sometime ago , enjoyed each others company, and love to do bike tours. So naturally they came together here to do the GMR. They are a great asset to our group.
    Our main route was again Rt 35 along the river and flood plain. Here it is also named: "The Great River Road". The logo has 12 spokes on a wheel signifying the 11 States and Canada in a cooperative effort in building and maintaining the road and bike path the full distance of the Mississippi River. The 2 lane roadway itself is cut into the bluffs bordering the river and flood plain. When cycling on the road's 4 to 6 ft wide bike path we are well above the level of the river, but well below the high points of the bluffs. From these bluffs eagles soar over the river searching for fish. Rick, Dan, Billy and I spotted 2 eagles today.

    In the town of Genoa, at the 20 mile mark, we were given the "opportunity" tojdo an "extra credit" CLIMB. It was a quarter mile road to a scenic overlook high up on the bluff. Tthe grade of the climb was 12%, a real STEEP ascent. Several of us attempted and (barely) made it to the top--but I'm now convinced NO VIEW is worth that kind of climb!

    We rode through the small town of Victory, where in 1832 Chief Black Hawk and 2000 of his sauk Indian followers brutally defeated -ending the Black Hawk War-and naming a town.

    My group arrived in Prairie du Chien, our destination, for lunch by noon. It was a little less than a 4 hour ride, and one in which we could "kick it up a notch". The town is named after the Indian Chief and the wide plain at the mouth of the wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.

    Route rap was held outdoors by the pool on a beautiful summer evening. It covered the "hilly" ride tomorrow to Dubuque, IA, as well as a bicycle safety lecture. Monday's local newspaper will do a story on our trip and visit to town.

    Rick, Dan and I have "social plans" for tomorrow. We will have a reunion dinner with 3 of our fellow cross country bikers from last summer's ride. Beverages will be served...and my website entry may be delayed(but certainly will appear later)

  • Posted: Mon, 15 August 2005

    Day 2 Red Wing, MN to La Crosse, WI

    Today's 100 mile ("century") ride took us out of Minnesota and into Wisconsin, as we immediately departed Red Wing and crossed over the Mississippi River into Bay City, WI. We followed the river and its flood plain the entire route to La Crosse, WI. Along the MN-WI border the river and flood plain are between 1 and 3 miles wide and provide the main migration flyway for birds. We saw white egrets and flocks of Canada geese feeding in the shallow waters.
    We followed Rt 35 most of the way to La Crosse on a wide, clean bike path on the road. It was again sunny and clear, a bit cooler in the morning--low 60's early, but reaching mid 80's by noon. A great day for a LONG RIDE.
    My group spent a little over 6 hours riding today, but it was an 8 or 9 hour trip in total. We stopped for lunch and took photos at scenic overlooks, we repaired flat tires, stopped at SAG stops and visited a lock along the river. The scenery was mainly the natural flood plain and the river with its limited traffic, but also the bluffs high above the river bank. Lake Pepin is a beautiful 22 mile long lake which is very popular with local boaters.
    We rode through many interesting Wisconsin towns, including Pepin, where author Laura Ingalls Wilder ( "Little House on the Prairie") was born and lived. We biked on the streets of the small towns of Nelson, Alma, and Fountain City, where our group "dined" at the Golden Frog saloon ( charming!). In Trempeleau, WI we saw the huge National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The river views in Onalaska were spectacular, as the Mississippi is now twice the size that it was in S t Paul.

    Most of the day I rode with Rick, Dan and Billy, who is a 2 time cross country biker, and a Boston Marathon runner who has ridden witdh Lance in Austin, TX at the "Ride for the Roses". His New Hampshire accent is a kick!

    We saw a lot of farm land-corn and soybeans mainly--and an interesting sign that read; "This field is fertilized with Swine Manure" Thanks for sharing that!

    It was a long day...all century days are..., but we had a good ride, saw some new and interesting sights, and I think we all felt a sense of accomplishment as we rolled into the motel parking lot this afternoon. Dinner at an "all you can eat" buffet restaurant did wonders for our crew.
    ON WISCONSIN!

    Did you know? The Mississippi River is 2,552 miles long. It is the longest river in North America, and the 3rd longest in the world. ( Amazon and Yangtze are #1 and #2)

  • Posted: Sun, 14 August 2005

    Day 1 Minneapolis to Red Wing MN

    All the riders were asked by Susan of the ABB staff for our "favorite quote", as well as other personal data. She is compiling a rider profile for the website and CD. I had to think about a quote, but I got back to her today with " It doesn't get any better than THIS !"
    The quote is a perfect fit for today's 61 mile ride from Eagan, MN to Red Wing, MN. We had a terrific ride, as the weather could not have been better. We'll take every day like today!
    We rode with Jeff, a St Paul native, who was scheduled to be on the staff for this GMR ride. Now recuperating from an ankle injury, he is sidelined from taking the full trip, but he led us through St. Paul and beyond today. We began on a bicycle path into downtown St Paul (the Capital of MN) where we crossed over the Mississippi and got our first full view of the river that we will follow for the next 25 days. Then riding again on a bike path on the river bank, we saw numerous grain barges tied up to shore and some recreational and commericial boat traffic.

    Now riding in Wisconsin on good roads, along with many Sunday motorcycle riders on Rt 35, we stopped for a SAG at scenic Point Douglas Park. It is located in Prescott, WI at the confluence of the St Croix and Mississippi Rivers. There were many luxury boats anchored offshore.
    We then approached Diamond Bluff, WI, cycling high above the river with long views downstream from the bluffs.
    Several climbs and fast descents kept the ride interesting and provided some challenges on the first ride day.
    After crossing back over the Mississippi into MN, our final destination was the Super 8 motel in Red Wing, MN. The city of Red Wing (pop16,000) has long been known for its pottery as well as the Red Wing Shoe ( and boot) Co. The beautifully developed riverfront was on our bike route and is located on the sharpest navigable bend of the Mississippi River. It is a very quaint and attractive town. In addition, Bev's Cafe can feed lunch to a hungry and thirsty gang of bikers in a hurry!

    It's a small world: This morning as we gathered for our group photo, the young man from the Netherlands introduced himself as "Daco" and asked if I remembered receiving an email from him last summer a I was riding the Cross Country Challenge and writing the website journal.
    I DO REMEMBER his email saying he had done the ride the year before and was following our progress. In fact, I WROTE about him one day on the website, as I was surprised to receive correspondence from the Netherlands. He is a good guy-and a strong cyclist-and is going all the way with us to New Orleans.

    The cycling group is very congenial--even on a first day. Everyone seems to have a good attitude about the ride. They are serious about cycling and safety--and it is clear that we are all here to have a good time.

    The ABB information board tells us that we load luggage in the morning at 5:45 , then bike off to breakfast. Bt 6:30 we should be on the road to La Crosse, WI--A CENTURY DAY !

    Did you know? It takes 90 days for water in the Mississippi River to travel from it's headwaters in MN to New Orleans

  • Posted: Sat, 13 August 2005

    Orientation Day in Eagan, MN

    Leaving downtown Minneapolis by taxi this morning and heading to suburban Eagan, MN, I sensed the anxiety and anticipation of the upcoming ride. At this point , for me at least, your whole focus becomes THE RIDE. Your state of mind is cleared of normal life routines and you shift into a riding mode. It is a great feeling!
    As the 28 cyclists from 17 States ( plus one international rider from the Netherlands) arrived for orientation, we were met by the 4 person Abb staff for registration and bike assembly.

    The Staff:
    -Gene, a veteran of many rides, is the ABB team leader.
    -Karen, a silver medalist in the recent senior Olympics (55-60 age group) in the 20k cycling
    road race, is an assistant.
    -Susan, a writer and photographer, is putting together a CD of our trip, which will be given to
    each of us at the end of our tour.
    -Josh, our very able mechanic, is also an ABB veteran.

    The whole group seems enthusiastic and upbeat. Gene's best quote of the orientation session was: "This ride is SO MUCH FUN! He plans to give us a history lesson every day at "route rap" about the local lore. Today's lesson:
    To make the Mississippi River navigable from New Orleans to St Paul, a series of dams and
    locks were built to raise the water levels. They were NOT for flood control as commonly
    believed, but for river boat navigation. We will pass lock #1 in St Paul tomorrow.
    Interesting.

    I met up with my buddies, Dan and Rick, from last year's tour and we took a test ride to check out the bikes. All my gear is in good working order. I did have to buy a new helmet today as mine was damaged beyond repair in transit by UPS.

    Our rider group is a bit more "senior" than last summer's cross country group. We have 15 bikers who will ride all the way to New Orleans, and 13 who will complete only the first leg to St Charles, MO.

    We were given the now familiar explanation of "how the system works", including an emphasis on safety and hydration. We were told to expect "some tough days" and "great scenery".

    Some Random Rider Stats:
    -6 or 7 have previously completed cross country rides.
    -We have 2 brothers, 1 married couple, several contractors, a couple of spin instructors,
    a podiatrist riding with his 16 year old son, a college prof, 7 women, 5 riders from Michigan,
    several recumbent bikers, AND I believe a diverse and great group.

    Tomorrow's ride is through St Paul on a bike path along the river on a route of "only" 61 miles to Red wing, MN
    We depart at 8:00 am, immediately after our "class picture" is taken.
    '' LET'S RIDE''

    P.S:Last night I had the good fortune to attend the Vikings/KC Chiefs pre-season football game at the Metrodome. Vikes won.

  • Posted: Fri, 12 August 2005

    Visiting Minneapolis


    Arriving in Minneapolis to spend a few days before our cycling group officially comes together in Eagan,MN on Saturday, I had the opportunity to revisit and do some sightseeing in this pleasant Midwest city.
    It gives a good impression--with its new skyscrapers, plentiful summertime al fresco dining locations, excellent shopping opportunities, aBig 10 University, and the Mississippi River separating Minneapolis and St Paul; the "twin cities".
    Before the final pre-ride workout in the hotel fitness center this afternoon, I walked for hours in the downtown area enjoying a cooler temperature and less humidity than I have experienced in Naples in some time.

    -- Nicolett Mall is a 12 block outdoor pedestrian mall of retail stores, restaurants, art galleries, and sidewalk fruit and vegetable stands ready to supply the rush hour commuters with something fresh for dinner. The street is closed to vehicles except the "streetcar" passenger train.

    -- I took a short walk to see the Target Center -home to the NBA Timberwolves and rock concerts and currently the circus.

    -- Next, I was off to the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome to buy a ticket for tonight's Twins/Red Sox game. This Yankee fan was even considering rooting for the Sox--at least they have some players whose names I recognize . But that game took place LAST FRIDAY night! The hotel concierge either can't read a baseball schedule or a calendar. Disappointedly, the Twins are in Oakland tonight. ( Did you know that the Metrodome is the only sports venue to have hosted a Super Bowl, World Series, and a Final Four basketball tournament?) The Metrodome is home field for the Vikings and the Twins as well as the U of Minnesota football team.

    This this is my SECOND major biking adventure, I thought it was time to set some TRADITIONS. When I spotted Morton's Steakhouse on my walk, and remembering the pre-ride dinner I had at Morton's in San Francisco before the Cross Country Challenge, My evening dinner plans were fixed; the Last Supper before big rides will be Morton's (or its nearest equivalent). It will be numerous "all you can eat buffets" for the next 25 days.

  • Posted: Thu, 11 August 2005

    GMR OVERVIEW

    Outlined below is an overview of the GMR bike tour, including daily mileage and overnight lodging locations. The ride description is provided by America By Bicycle, the tour group supporting the ride.


    ....................THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI RIVER RIDE............
    ............... Saturday,August 13 to Wednesday, September 7, 2005...........

    Follow the Mighty Mississippi River on a magical and history filled adventure. Join us as we cycle the back country roads to include the "National River Road" and the "Mississippi River Trail" (MRT) as we depart Minneapolis for the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and our ultimate destination, New Orleans.
    For over 1700 miles you will ride the road less traveled, experiencing first-hand the history of the great river, the industrial periods, the Civil War history and the Great River Boat days as you cross back and forth over the great river many times. You'll also meet some friendly folks as you roll through nine States on your way to the "Big Easy".

    The northern sections of the Great Mississippi River Ride roll up and down along huge bluffs created by the great glaciers that created the tremendous Mississippi River Valley. Once you depart Minneapolis, the riding gets rural. You'll find the people friendly as you pass through small town America.

    From Hastings, you'll follow the "National River Road" all the way to Red Wing, a quaint river town made famous for its shoes and pottery. You'll soon notice the many locks on the river. Stop and learn the need for them and their history. The scenery and views are fantastic from on top of the bluffs.

    Continuing on the "National River Road", you'll cycle through Wisconsin and into Illinois. Then you'll roll into the historic town of Hannibal, Missouri. Tour the town and see the Hannibal that inspired Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer. You'll even get a chance to white wash the picket fence in front of Tom Sawyer's house.

    The Great Mississippi River Ride stops over in St. Charles, Missouri, just a stone's throw from St. Louis. Here, we'll take a day to tour downtown St. Lois and visit the Gateway Arch.
    The adventure continues from St. Charles as we cycle through eastern St. Louis County and travel south to meet the river. The Katy Trail gives you a first-hand look at the mighty Missouri River. Here, we'll cross and wind along the more rural and back-country roads, pausing to view the always majestic Mississippi again. Past Ste. Genevieve, the riding is fantastic as we cycle through the flat farm country of Missouri to Cape Girardeau.

    The next day, you'll cycle through 4 states: Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. We'll take a ferry ride across the Mississippi River and roll through the countryside as we cross into Tennessee and overnight in Union City. From here, we'll jump on the "Mississippi River Trail" (MRT) and follow the river as it winds right into downtown Memphis. We'll stay overnight in the center of the city. Take the day off and see all the sights Memphis has to offer. Take a walk along Beal Street and visit Sun Records, tour Mud Island and Graceland, or get some real southern BBQ and listen to the great local music. There is something for everyone in Memphis.

    The adventure continues as we depart Memphis and head into the Grand Old South. From Memphis, you'll cycle out into the rural countryside, right across the fertile delta farming belt. Pay attention as we cycle. It's the fall harvest period of Mississippi with the cotton, rice, sugarcane and fishing industries in full swing.

    Mississippi is home to the Delta Blues. You are sure to hear everything from Cajun to Zydeco as we travel our way to Louisiana. Make sure you take a little time as the tour stops in Vicksburg and Natchez to explore the wealth of Civil War history.

    As we make our final push to New Orleans, we'll ride through Baton Rouge and past Louisiana State University, then pick up the MRT and cycle right into downtown New Orleans. You'll have a chance to explore this charming southern city rich with history, food, music and tradition. WOW, what a ride!

    Plan your cycling calendar now and don't miss the boat. This ride will average 70 miles per day allowing plenty of time for sightseeing. We also offer this ride in three separate parts for those who cannot spend 25 days away from home. Check out the Great Northern River Ride, the Great Central River Ride, or the Great Southern River Ride, for more info!
    The Great Mississippi River Ride will be a ride to remember!

    DAY .....................LOCATION......................DAY'S MILEAGE.........TOTAL

    00) Aug 13...........Minneapolis, MN.....................................0....................0
    01) Aug 14...........Redwing, MN........................................53..................53
    02) Aug 15...........La Crosse, WI....................................100.................153
    03) Aug 16.......,...Prairie du Chien, WI.............................65.................218
    04) Aug 17...........Dubuque, Iowa.....................................69.................287
    05) Aug 18...........Clinton, Iowa........................................77.................364
    06) Aug 19...........Galesburg, IL.......................................86..................450
    07) Aug 20...........Keokuk, IA...........................................95..................545
    08) Aug 21...........Hannibal, MO.......................................64..................609
    09) Aug 22...........St, Charles, MO................................ ...98.................707
    10) Aug 23...........St, Charles, MO ..REST DAY..................0..................707
    11) Aug 24...........Festus, MO..........................................78..................782
    12) Aug 25...........Ste. Genevieve, MO..............................46..................828
    13) Aug 26...........Cape Girardeau, MO.............................69..................897
    14) Aug 27...........Union City, TN......................................92..................989
    15) Aug 28...........Ripley, TN.............................................67................1056
    16) Aug 29...........Memphis, TN.........................................81................1137
    17) Aug 30...........Memphis, TN.....REST DAY.....................0................1137
    18) Aug 31...........Hernando, MS.......................................37................1174
    19) Sept 01..........Clarksdale, MS......................................82................1256
    20) Sept 02..........Greenville, MS.......................................80................1336
    21) Sept 03..........Vicksburg, MS.....................................101................1437
    22) Sept 04..........Natchez, MS..........................................88................1525
    23) Sept 05..........St,. Francisville, LA................................95.................1620
    24) Sept 06..........Gonzales, LA.........................................57.................1677
    25) Sept 07..........New Orleans, LA....................................78.................1755

    TOTAL MILEAGE................................1755