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Trip Start Aug 24, 2013
7Trip End Aug 31, 2013
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Starved Rock State Park
We wanted to visit a fossil park in Rockford, Iowa, just a few miles south of our route, but when we got to the town, the bridge across the creek that cuts through the town was closed for construction, so we couldn't get to the park on the other side of town without traveling about 20 miles out of the way. How do people live like that?
We stopped in some antique malls and bought a few things (a $7 lamp!), and pulled off at a "scenic view" that showed us a stunning Mississippi river. We stopped in Dubuque at Uncle Timmy's Sandwich Factory for chili dogs and started south so we could cross the river at a place where you actually drive north for several miles along a causeway that stretches over some islands. It was very beachy feeling and beautiful.
We continued into Illinois and heading southeast toward the state park. It was a long drive through many small towns, including Dixon, whose claim to fame is that it's where Ronald Reagan was born and grew up (we got out of there fast).
We finally made it to our cabin at Starved Rock State Park, a beautiful park built by the CCC during the Depression. They told us that locals picketed the construction, complaining that there were people in town who needed the work, so some parts of the park were set aside and built by local workmen.
In typical Gibson fashion, we turned a six-hour drive into 10 hours on the road. But after dinner in the lodge dining room, we headed off to bed so we could be rested for our final day of driving.