Monday, June 09, 2014

Take Time to Play

It makes me happy to see signs like this in public places!  It makes me even more happy when we follow those signs!  We took a day off from any kind of work, got out the bicycles and joined our fellow fulltime RVers, Steve and Karen Fisher for a day of bicycling and sightseeing.  There’s this great bicycle trail all up and down this area of the Mississippi river, and we had the most perfect, sunny, cool, sparkling, day for it!

We rode down river to a bridge that took us over to Rock Island.  This is where the US Army’s Arsenal is located.  There is also a visitor center for the Corps of Engineers and their many locks and dams on the Mississippi river.

A lot of barges go thru this lock, and we had a good vantage point to watch.  How do you like this animated picture?  If you want to know how we did that, there’s a video on the process on our website:  Google+ Auto Backup and Auto Awesome.

We also visited the Arsenal Museum on the island.  Pretty impressive place.  It’s where all the guns, amunition, tanks, and other supplies of war have been made for the US Army.

By the time we got back to the RV that afternoon, our Runkeeper app on on phones had recorded a bicycling distance of 27 miles!!  I didn’t know I was capable of that.


The next day, we went to the Farmer’s market over in Davenport.  We met up with Vicki, our computer club contact and her husband Lee.  We picked up lots of good fruits, vegetables, and bison meat, then followed Vicki to take a look at Bix Beiderbecke park.  Bix was quite a famous musician from these parts, and Vicki told us of how her Dad used to play with him. 


Then, we finally made it to the John Deere pavilion.   This is our third trip to the Quad Cities, and each time we’ve been told that the John Deere Pavilion is a must-see, but we haven’t made it.  So Lee said, “Follow us” and we did.  You could climb all over tractors and other heavy equipment, but the really fun part was the computer simulations. I chose the earth mover and I had to operate the controls to position the shovel, lower it, scoop up earth, then raise the shovel, move it and drop the dirt into a waiting dump truck.  By the end of my time it showed that I had filled the truck 7%, and had done $963 of damage to the equipment!  I don’t think I’ll get hired as a heavy equipment operator any time soon!

Next we went out to the John Deere Headquarters on the outskirts of town.  Beautiful grounds and very impressive buildings.

After two days of play, we had to get back to work at our computers … and rest!

Look who came to visit!  Lynne had a day off, and she was within a 5 hour drive of us, so she took the opportunity to come visit.  I know she just likes to have an excuse to go for long rides in her sweet little BMW convertible!  It was great to see you Lynne!


Steve and Karen said...

We certainly enjoyed the ride with the two of you. Beautiful day for a bike ride!
Travel safe until we meet up again.

Anonymous said...

Wow, it looks like all of that barge stuff is going to maybe Canada? To facilitate that crappy Canadian fracking that will kill the lower Mississippi area?