The dreary misty weather continued overnight. Since we were in the home of friends we spent a leisurely morning eating a delicious breakfast of pancakes. Besides spending more time visiting we were also hoping the weather would clear.
did begin riding in the slightest of mist, but within the hour the sun was shining and the rest of the day was beautiful. Cal
is knows as the Melon city, as lots of muskmelons and watermelons are grown on the sandy soil of the Muscatine flood plain. Each summer you wait for the Mississippi melons to arrive in the stores! Muscatine
After crossing the
Mississippi River we were in the State of . We meandered our way on back county roads to the Illinois which begins on the eastern side of the Hennepin Canal Rock River near . (near the Quad Cities) Colona, Illinois rode along the canal from Colona to Cal . I am not allowed to drive a vehicle along the canal, so I am going ahead to places where roads cross the canal. This will be completely different than on our first leg of the journey. Geneseo, Illinois
|Soybeans - Golden color of fall|
|Ribbon of Highway - Western Illinois is not completely flat|
|Flowers of Fall|
|More Fall Flowers|
was built between the 1890’s and 1907. It was built to provide a waterway between the Hennepin Canal Illinois River and the Mississippi River, thus reducing the distance from to the Chicago Mississippi River by 419 miles. It played an important role in commerce and industry. The idea of such a canal/waterway began in 1834, and by the 1870’s there was enough pressure for a transportation shortcut which was cheaper than rail, that Congress authorized a survey. The Hennepin has a sister canal, I & M canal ( US & Illinois ). It tied the Michigan Illinois River, Des Plaines River and the Mississippi River together. With the completion of these two canals a transportation network connected Lake Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico, by way of the Mississippi river. Along the canal is a tow path (used by animals to tow boats). This is now a lovely level bike path.
With the sun shining today the golden fall colors of the crops were beautiful. Also the fall flowers growing in the road ditches are beautiful.