Friday, July 2, 2010

Don't forget Winona

We are at the Elks lodge in Winona, Minnesota (map). It's basically just a concrete parking lot, but it was on the route and free. We've passed quite a number of state parks, and it was tempting to settle in for a few days, but holiday weekends are never a good time for that, and we feel the need to be further south before slowing down, so we will be in striking distance of the gulf.

Speaking of holiday weekends, our next stop will be the casino downriver in Marquette, Iowa. They are reputed to have some 15-amp power available, and we will get an early start today to see if we can snag some. We may end up settling in there to wait out the holiday madness.

We very much enjoyed the Great River Road yesterday and are looking forward to more of it today. In Lake City, which claims to be the birthplace of water skiing, we had sweeping views across the water. I should note here for anyone thinking of doing the road that there is actually a Great River Road on each side of the Mississippi, and we are, of course, on the western one. More information can be found in several spots on the web:

Many of the ten river states have their own web sites dedicated to their portions of the roads as well.

Photo by Jvstin, used under a Creative Commons license.

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