AFTER 2000 WALKING MILES I celebrated my (virtual) Trans-America journey by crossing the Centennial Bridge at Davenport, Iowa. The 3,850 foot long bridge connects Iowa and Illinois by crossing the Mississippi River, and cost $1.75 million to build in 1940. To repay the debt, authorities charged an automobile toll of 10 cents while even pedestrians had to pay a nickel for the walking privilege! Fortunately, pedestrian and automobile tolls ceased over a decade ago.
On the Illinois side of the river, I encountered this charming statue of a Penny-farthing bicycle, to mark the beginning of a "future" annual long-distance bike ride north to Wisconsin. (I believe the tradition has yet to become a reality, though.) I'm not sure how comfortable that high-wheeler would be for my journey. While distances might fly by more quickly, that bike seat looks hard and uncomfortable!
Every year, as part of a weekend street fair, the good folks of Port Byron and LeClaire, Iowa, throw a big rope across the Mississippi River and have a tug-of-war between the two states. The TugFest takes place in mid-August when I guess there's not much entertainment here-abouts!
Week 25, 2005 Miles, Weather 71F⛅️