Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lake Placid to Iowa!

We've been on the road for eight days, and this is my very first opportunity to update this blog. As I write this, it is after 9:00 pm, and we are getting ready to call it a day here in Maumee, OH.  We've traveled from Florida to Davenport, IA.  We left Davenport yesterday to make our way to Hammond, NY and Black Lake.

So let's get updated!!!   We left Florida about 7:45 am., on Wednesday May 31st. Made our way through Florida with the normal stops: potty breaks, gas, and we stopped along the Interstate in Gainesville for Rich to check his stocks.   Below are a few pictures along the way, including delays from accidents, and rush hour traffic about the time we made Atlanta, GA!

We spent the night at the Quality Inn in Kennesaw, GA, arriving there about 6:45 PM.  Golden Corral was close by - so we grabbed some dinner there, and called it a bed early!

We were up an on our way early Thursday morning; up at 6:00 am, and on the road by within the hour.  A gas stop once on the road, the GA/ TN line by 8:30 and then we gained an hour with the time change.   Always enjoy the scenery and the rolling hills in TN

Continued on, passing through Kentucky and made it to the Illinois state line just after noon.   

This state is by far the ugliest of any so far; the roads, the high grass along the medians, and more rest areas closed then open.  About this time they reported on the news that the economy for the state of Illinois had dropped to "junk status"!

Lots of flat land and farming here.........and then we passed through Peoria, IL.

We traveled about 460 miles that day, and then checked into the Comfort Inn and Suites in Mount Vernon, IL.   This was a beautiful hotel, and our room was very spacious!  Nice desk for Rich and a separate sitting area.  The grounds were beautifully manicured, and in the back was an arrangement of outdoor furniture, a fire pit, and a corn-hole game!  Captured a nice picture of a pretty good size woodchuck out near the bushes.
Beautiful indoor pool and hot tub, Exercise room, and even an outdoor  electric charger should you be driving your Tesla

Next door to the hotel was the Agave Mexican Restaurant - so we decided to just walk over there for dinner.  I had my usual, Chicken fajitas, and Rich ordered the Enchilada Trio ( 1 Chicken, 1 Beef, and 1 Shrimp!)  Excellent food, good prices, and very good service.

Day 3 - Friday June 2nd:   Didn't have so far to drive, so we slept in a little longer, and began the last leg of this trip about 7:45 am.  The usual stops for gas, and for the third day in a row....... breakfast at McDonald's!   Got to the Iowa State line about 12:34 pm and then arrived at our son's house in Davenport IA!  Dennis was shopping for the party on Saturday, but both Dalton and Chauna were at home.  Spent the rest of the afternoon there ( with Onyx joining us, and watching the neighbor's pot belly pig!!!   Dennis had to pick up is step-dad, Jack and his step-sister, Kim, and his mother-in-law, Kathy at the airport that night, so we headed back to the hotel to get a good nights sleep in anticipation of Saturday's planned activities.

Stopped at subway on the way to hotel......... Another very nice hotel.  The hotel is actually about 17 years old, but has been redone from top to bottom.   Spotless and spacious room, indoor pool, sauna, and  the complimentary breakfast included hash, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, toast, muffins and bagels, pastries, cereals and oatmeal..............
Jack ( Dennis's step-dad), Kim (step-sister) would be staying at Dennis' house, for three nights, flying back to Florida on Monday, Dalton was home on break from college.  Kathy would be staying there for a week - so while Dennis offered us his bedroom - we elected to stay at the hotel a few days, and then come over and stay when Jack and Kim left.   We would meet up with the whole crew on Saturday morning and help set up for Chauna's Pre-Graduation Party!

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