We began our westward journey in the late afternoon after saying the difficult goodbyes to Mary Barbara's 99 year old mother-an amazing lady still self sufficient and living independently in her own house. We had just planted a flowering crabapple tree at her request. She hopes to see that tree flower next spring. She had her driveway resurfaced so she could walk her stroller the several hundred feet to the mailbox. It was very tough to drive away from what was our home. We will return in time for her 100th birthday on October 8, 2010.

We encountered a severe storm on our way to Davenport as we were gusted by 70+ mph

winds. A semi truck overturned in the opposite direction on the interstate we were traveling. It was a relief to finally cross the Mississipi into Davenport,Iowa where we spent the night at the Interstate RV Park. We had our next morning's breakfast at the Shed Restaurantd. Steak,eggs,potatoes and an english muffin graced our plates. Wow what a feast to sustain us during our long travel westward. The restaurant is decorated like a beautiful barn complete with two John Deere tractors and a hay wagon at the front entrance. A fabulous treasure of the midwest.

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