Dubuque for lunch, Davenport overnight!
Trip Start Jun 19, 2013
11Trip End Jul 02, 2013
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Meanwhile, Jim and I took a little time to do laundry and visit with Jim's friends Ann and Tim Rogers, who came to La Crosse to see Jim. When we finally got on the road, it was a nice 79 degrees but because of the rain, it was humid. We come into the towns in the evening, and go right to the hotels after the daily finish ceremony and diner in the park areas of towns, so we don't see much of it, until the morning...as we drove through La Crosse, I realized just how pretty it was, we saw some of the business with names like "Hungry Peddler" and "Chapter ll Bar" and the very large Gunderson Lutheran Hospital. After driving awhile I realize that it wasn't going to be a good idea to take pictures out the front window of the car...we have massacred too many bugs!! So I will just have to tell you what we saw. The area of Wisconsin is just beautiful, gorgeous large brick churches with tall steeples , cottonwood and pine trees all over the place with wide open spaces that have been cleared for farming, everything was so well taken care of...there were no weeds, the grasses and farms were such a pretty color of green and the dirt that had been turned for planting was a very fertile red color and only a few rocks, but it all looked like a postcard. I told Jim that when Matt and I travel we always see all the cemeteries and funeral homes, so I pointed them out to him, and He said that when He and Rose Marie traveled, she always pointed out the Industrial Stacks. We found "Cemetery Lane" and we laughed about our different lines of work. We saw a small town of Coon Valley Population 765, on the side of a building were dozens of Raccoons. I like to find old Barns...I love to take pictures of them, well we saw a lot of beautiful ones, with rolling hills and green grass. Some of the silo's attached to the tallest barns I have ever seen, were Blue. Jim told me they were porcelain because the grain can get hot and the porcelain doesn't react to it. As we got closer to Iowa the trees changed, we saw lots of Apple trees, and saw that this area must have been hit hard by the rain...we came around a corner just before a bridge that we needed to take to get to the other side of the river at Boscobel, and found that the road was closed. So I quickly got out the map and found the closets place over the river, we drove down some back woods roads and came around a corner and there was the bridge, we got over it and traveled on for about 15 miles, but ended up back where we were suppose to be. We drove through the town and discovered that it is the "Wild Turkey Hunting Capital". We were looking for a place to have lunch, but found a place to by cheese.
MATT JUST CALLED--THEY MOVE TO 70TH OVERALL -- AND 67TH PLACE YESTERDAY!
That is all inclusive, not just the Rookies, We won't know the placements in the classes until the end.