We left Remington in a cloud of dust and continued on 24 with the destination of Peoria, IL. I saw a BBQ restaurant there and our route effectively kept us away from the madness of Chicago. While I love the lakefront downtown of that beautiful city, I had no desire to pay tolls and hassle with the traffic.
Four things that summarized Illinois: 1. Corn fields 2. Grain silos 3.Wind generators 4:Rough roads
On the way through Dixon, we stopped at Ronald Reagan's boyhood home and B snapped some photos. It was closed.
In downtown Dixon is the "Wings of Peace and Freedom Park." The statue is of a dove and a Bulgarian artist made a fake piece of the Berlin wall complete with graffiti and three pictures depicting Reagan's life.
I planned to stop at Sugar Shores Camping Resort. It was closed do to heavy flooding in the area. I had not called ahead and so was disappointed that I had to make other plans. We could have stayed in a small county park close by but decided not to and found Emerald Acres Campground. It was forty minutes away from where our friend lives. Not so much fun driving to and from on the rough IL roads. I forgot to take a pic of our site at Emerald Acres.
I dropped Becky and Patrick off in Freeport to get a ride with their friends. I went back to Grand Detour to see the John Deere Historic Site. The place where John Deere made his first plow. The Deere corporation owns the site and in 1986 had the University of Illinois excavate the place where they believe Deere had his original blacksmith shop. They found the site and a building was constructed over the area to preserve it.
First stop was in Dixon to grab a bite to eat at Flynnies Cafe. They gave me a free cinnamon roll for being a first time customer. It was excellent! so was the meatloaf, mash potatos, stuffing and gravy and green beans.
August 6th Becky went with her friends again and P and I explored Freeport. Well I got out and looked while he played video games in the truck.