Sunset on Grayton Beach

Sunset on Grayton Beach
Sunset on Grayton Beach

Monday, July 6, 2015

Geneseo , Hennepin Canal, Great River Trail and visiting family and friends

We left Indiana and headed to Geneseo, IL. We were in search of some bike trails to ride, visiting family and friends in IA and some down time. We had a reservation at the Geneseo Campground located next to the Hennepin Canal.


We had site #1 on the end of the back row of the campground. We had some shade and a nice cement patio. We checked out the canal the next day and took a nice ride.






We came across this home on the canal that was just right for the area. The canal has overgrown a lot over the last 30 years according to our campground neighbor. They are from the area but now live in FL and travel back to Geneseo each summer to visit family. He said they used to be able to water ski on the canal but wouldn't try it now with the algae and overgrowth. We took several rides on the canal path while we were there. Along with riding the canal path we wanted to go back to the Great River Trail along the Mississippi River at the Quad Cities(Bettendorf, IA, Davenport, IA, Moline, IL and Rock Island, IL) We used to camp at a KOA near Rock Island and ride our bike on the trail through the down town along the river. We hauled the bikes to a Marina/park area and took off from there.


Some parts are in an industrial area but most is nice scenery. The path is very flat and there were numerous other folks enjoying the trail. As we were riding through downtown Rock Island we came across a Crossfit competition. We stopped and watched some very fit young folks.




They had to do 6 toes to the bar then run over and dead lift 180 lbs and then the next person on their team would do the same. They would do this continually for as many rounds as they could over a 10 minute period.

After we loaded up the bikes we headed to our favorite ice cream shop in the Quad Cities called Whitey's Ice Cream.


While we were in Geneseo we were able to drive to Burlington, IA where we grew up and Glenda's brother still lives. He just built a new house last fall and this was our first opportunity to see it. They really did a nice job.

Brian and Ann Humphrey

Glenda and her brother
 


While in Burlington we went to see my best friend since we were 4 years old. Darrell and Sue came down to AZ last winter for a visit at the RV park. Looks like they will be coming back but renting a place for a month or so this winter.
 
 
 
We had some rain while in Geneseo so we just watched some TV and laundry. We did get some more riding in along the canal before we left but the main reason for being in Geneseo was visiting family and riding along the river. Mission accomplished. Our last day we drove to downtown Moline and took a ride on the Channel Cat River Taxi. The taxi takes folks back and forth to a couple of Riverboat Casinos and historic downtown Davenport.
 

All in all it was a great time and we got some good riding in along with visiting. We're back in Bloomington/Normal but we had to settle for Kamp Komfort right next to Interstate 74. We have full hook ups but the road noise is very annoying. Not much you can do when you need a site over the holiday weekend. We'll be here until July 12 and then headed back to Indiana to help with our granddaughter and her summer school.


Our site is very nice if only it were much further from the Interstate. We do have to move in a couple of days to a new site due to extending our stay here and they have this site reserved after July 8th. The next site is a little further back from the Interstate and some blockage of noise by a couple of buildings in the campground.

Next post will be a celebration of my Dad's 90th birthday. My dad with 9 lives.

Stay tuned.

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