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Returned from a trip

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[Today’s run: about 3/4 of a mile]

We returned yesterday from a 10 day trip to Iowa.  While there we spent two days at the Iowa State Fair.  that was a lot of fun.

Our driving to Iowa and back took us through the southern tip of Illinois, the western tip of Kentucky and the western part of Tennessee.  I had not realized before that Abe Lincoln, being from Kentucky, could have been born west of his later home in Springfield, IL.  I don’t think he was, but he could have been.  I guess that is just a long way of saying that parts of Kentucky are more westerly than parts of Illinois.

We drove through Cairo, IL twice, on the way up and on the way back.  What a depressing place.  You’d think that any reasonably business-minded town could come up with a way to cash in on being at the confluence of the two biggest barge-traffic rivers in the USA.  But they don’t even have an overlook to see the  place (and the two big bridges that span the two rivers just north of the confluence).

We really enjoyed driving through Iowa.  The farms are neat and tidy (mostly).  We had cheese curds fresh from the cheese dairy at Kalona, IA and a dutch letter in Pella, IA.  I liked the looks of western TN also, except for Memphis (we’ve been through Memphis before, but dodged around  it this time.)

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