We decided not to stay at the ROD resort in Spring Grove due to the lack of necessities – no cell coverage, no wifi and inability to use the pool and Jacuzzi. We found an Army Corp of Engineers campground on the Iowa side of the Mississippi river.
We headed south on the small paved farm roads with views of goat herds and dairy farms before crossing the state line into Iowa. We saw a few barns with Quilt Patterns painted on them, many more cows and several rivers that flow into the Mississippi.
We passed through Calmar, Iowa with its many lovely murals and large brick churches, like St. Aloysius Catholic Church. There are more forested bluffs and small towns honoring their veterans with memorials.
We saw that there was a University in this area that was established before the Civil War; and we drove through the larger city of Independence, Iowa which had very tall old brick buildings, like their City Hall and St. John’s Catholic Church.
We noticed that the roads were all neatly trimmed, and then saw how as we came across a fellow riding a large mower, trimming the road sides. I was thinking that would be a long day’s ride and then you would do it again the next day, etc. etc.
We stopped at Cedar Rapids Elks for lunch and got their lodge pin. Afterwards we were crossing the Cedar River back and forth several times.
We reached Montpelier on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River and our campground, Clark's Ferry, a Corp of Engineers Campground. It was beautiful, lush and green with concrete pads and a gravel sitting area with grass all around for $10 with our Golden Age Pass.
After setting up and resting, we went for a ride along the Mississippi to see the area and saw that there were several COE campgrounds along the river. We also went to visit the Davenport Elks.
Back at camp, it was cooling down (had been really hot and humid), so we walked around the campground and down along the river. There were dozens of Canadian Geese floating on the river, young boys fishing on the bank, and an occasional boat or barge glided by.
There were mostly young families camping, nice people. I chatted with a young mother whose husband was a John Deer salesman as her toddler enjoyed meeting Daisy. I also met a couple with 4 Corgi dogs that they were training for show. Their trailer was painted with their dogs pictures.