Experiencing America > A Trip Through Corn, Sunflowers, & Mo...2010 > Day 4

Day FOUR...
Sunday, June 20, 2010


After a great breakfast at a Waffle House in Columbia, Missouri, it was time to start the return trip Northern Illinois. The plan head to U.S. 61 and follow it up the Mississippi River to U.S. 136. Then head toward Peoria. This journey up U.S. 54 took us to another contry.

Actually the City of Mexico, MO, not the country...cheap joke though...

Not alot to see along this route. Wide open fields, few and far between small towns with nothing in them. This makes the Biofuel capital a very dull place.

Did not see a single biofuel in the county...odd...

As we headed north from Bowling Green to Hannibal we came up on Quincy, Illinois. So we crossed the Mississippi to have a look around.

Back to State 1!!...Illinois...

Not much in Quincy, IL, as one would expect. Some shops, a run down downtown. The most impressive thing has to be the Bay View Bridge, westbound U.S. 24.

Back to State 2!!...Missouri...

We headed back up U.S. 61 to the small towns along what has be called the "Avenue of the Saints". This took us up Missouri 21 to Iowa 21.

Now to State 4!!...Iowa!!...

Once back to Missouri we headed toward Keokuk along U.S. 136.

Back to State 2!!...Missouri...


Back to State 4!!...Iowa...

At Keokuk we loked around downtown. Well if there is a running theme from this trip. Most towns have nothing left in their downtowns. Keokuk, Iowa is no exception.

Looking toward Illinois from Iowa across the Mississippi River. The black bridge is is the old crossing of U.S. 136 the green is the new.


Back to State 1!!...Illinois...

Back in Illinois we headed out on U.S. 136 to east of Macomb to Illinois 41. From here we jumped up to Illinois 95 to Illinois 97. On the way to we find our second country of the day...Cuba!

Looking east along Illinois 95.

The sign for Cuba...Illinois...

North of Cuba, we grabed Illinois 9 to take us up to Interstate 474 at the Peoria area then over to Bloomington-Normal and up to Southern Will County. This wrapped up the four state journey or the summer.

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