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North America » United States » Iowa » Dubuque May 1st 2018

Elkater City Park, Elkater, Iowa For ten days now we’ve been carting the bikes around on the top of the car. First couple of days of driving we kept hearing these threatening noises coming from the bike racks. It really sounded like they were about to come off and, at 60 mph, there’s no telling what a flying bicycle could do. So it was really pretty scary. I kept stopping the car to tighten various bolts and screws on the bike rack and it seemed like that would work for a while but then the creaking sounds would come back. Finally, after just kind of touching everything, I found a knob that was loose. It seemed to tighten the seam between the horizontal bars on the roof rack, and the vertical bars. And thank god, the ... read more
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North America » United States » Iowa » Dubuque April 30th 2018

Effigy Mounds National Monument, Harpers Ferry, Iowa It is not unusual to view, in a national park, works made of dirt. At Ocmulgee, in Georgia, on last year’s trip we saw huge platform and burial mounds, one as tall as fifty feet and bigger than a city block. Mostly, they believed, these mounds served as platforms for the houses of the power and religious elite. Some of them, as digging found, served as burial mounds. And there were a few that were definitely ceremonial lodges where people entered through a dug-out hole into a chamber that was partially underground, and surrounded with thick walls of dirt. Ancient Puebloans, with a different kind of mostly sandy dirt, didn’t create piles of sand, but rather learned to create mud bricks and built elaborate great houses. Although involving more ... read more
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North America » United States » Iowa » Dubuque April 28th 2018

Pikes Peak State Park, MacGregor, IA After a full week of driving and sight-seeing, we finally got a down day. A ‘down day’, or what I sometimes call ‘a day off’, is exactly like it sounds - a day we don’t have anything planned. It is one of those days where I ask Joan ‘ so what do you want to do today?’ And she replies ‘I don’t know. What do you want to do?’ Then, of course, me being male, I respond ‘ I asked you first?’. And, well you know how that goes. Although we don’t do much on down days, there is one ‘task’ that seems to always make it - an afternoon nap! We managed one of those yesterday - first one of the trip - and it was delicious. And we ... read more
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North America » United States » Iowa » Dubuque April 27th 2018

Pikes Peak State Park, MacGregor, IA ‘What?’, you say! Pikes Peak is in Colorado, not Iowa! So how can they be at Pikes Peak in Iowa? Good question. But here we are. Turns out that the same dude, Zebulon Pike, the first European to describe the singular peak on Colorado’s front range, also discovered this spot on the Mississippi River. And it is called a ‘peak’ here because it is the tallest bluff on the Mississippi River, around 500 feet above the river surface. Maybe not quite as tall as the mountains in Colorado, but impressive anyway. We didn’t have time yesterday to get pictures from the top, but we are going to be here a little while, so we’ll post them later. It is a State Park and we are camping here for a few ... read more
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North America » United States » Iowa » Dubuque September 20th 2016

I awakened on September 7, 2016 and immediately began humming my country version of an uncountry song, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Roof!” The rain continued while I had my morning coffee. I tore down in the rain. I drove in the rain. The drone of the windshield wipers was not really aggravating; it was more hypnotic. I was glad the drive to Mud Lake Park in Dubuque IA from Hononegah Forest Preserve in Rockton IL was only a little over 2 hours. Fortunately, as I reached the outskirts of Dubuque the rain diminished and then quit. Except for a few soggy spots in the grass where the rainwater had pooled, set-up went without a hitch. My wet feet and I set in for a catch-up session on the trusty old computer with all its nooks ... read more
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North America » United States » Iowa » Dubuque October 22nd 2013

This morning we drove from Peoria, Illinois to Dubuque, Iowa and we are now back to the Mississippi River. It was a bit harrowing getting here because we had to drive through an October snow storm. We changed our route somewhat, sticking to highways and avoiding the back roads that run nearer the river. By the time we made it to Dubuque the precipitation had stopped, but it was still pretty cold. I think the high for us today was 35 degrees. We are just glad that there is no accumulation of snow to deal with. We spent most of the afternoon in the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. It has displays about the river and ecology and is reasonably well done, but not as informative as some museums or aquariums we have been to. ... read more
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North America » United States » Iowa » Dubuque October 9th 2010

How I Became a Passenger on This Trip Friday night was a dear, dear friends birthday party so I of course attended multiple bars and shenanigans and had a lot to drink. After the birthday girl retired around 2AM, I met up with another dear, dear friend and went to a couple more bars. During this escapade, she informed me that she was going to her hometown Dubuque, Iowa the next day with a couple more friends of ours. She invited me and I immediately accepted. She anticipated that I would go home and get ready; however, I knew that if I went home, I would not be going on this trip so I spent the night and woke up the next morning with nothing but the clothes on my back. Saturday We had gone to ... read more
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North America » United States » Iowa » Dubuque August 6th 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010 - Manchester to Dubuque “Take me to the river, drop (wash) me in the water” Al Green via Talking Heads et al. An easy 48 miles, right? WRONG! An easy 28 miles to Bankston, including passing through Dyersville, home of the “Field of Dreams”. You could feel the electricity in the air. Everyone was pumped. In the next 5.9 miles the real hills began. Fortunately those were all down hills, some very steep. I was cautious and never exceeded 25 mph but some came screaming by me at speeds at least 10 mph faster. Then we hit a flat and the little town of Graf. Shortly there after came THE HILL. Potter’s Hill was a mile long, .8 of it at a 19% grade. I didn’t ever think about it. I was ... read more
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North America » United States » Iowa » Dubuque July 29th 2010

June 11-13th. Another 3-day weekend! For this trip, I ride with my friend Ingrid to her friends' place in Guttenberg located in Iowa. We are both doing the contest so it was a perfect opportunity to get some tons and bergs along the way. The plan was to ride to Iowa on Friday, go canoeing on Saturday, and ride back on Sunday. The trip didn't exactly go as planned, but it was most certainly an adventure. We met in Beloit, WI and headed west. Our first stop was Darlington. This town was a milestone for me because it is #25. Yeah! I get a shirt for my efforts. Livingston was next, followed by Bloomington. We crossed the Mississippi in Praire Du Chien and got Clayton, Farmersburg, Clayton Center, and finally Guttenberg in Iowa. We made it ... read more
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North America » United States » Iowa » Dubuque June 15th 2001

We left Indianapolis and had to decide where to go to next. We had a few days to fill before we drove back to Chicago to meet up with relatives again. We had ideas that we would like to see Oklahoma and Texas but felt we didnt have enough time to do both of them so instead we headed north to Dubuque in Iowa. Dubuque is located along the Mississippi River, not quite as wide as it is in St Louis nor was it quite so muddy. The city lies at the junction of three states of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. It is one of the few cities with hills in Iowa. We noticed a difference in countryside. Gone were the flat cereal growing farmlands and were replaced by mile upon mile of green meadows, Dutch ... read more
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