Day 8 Burlington IA

I left Muscatine earlier in order to avoid the predicted heat.

Mississippi River at Muscatine

That was a good move. It warmed up quickly and the temperatures reached 90 degrees F in the afternoon.

The wind only had one direction – in my face. It was blowing hard with about 10 to 15 mph. My route was leading me mostly over open field. So nothing to hide behind. It was really hard.

Halfway on my route I passed this historical site:

I usually replenish my water after about 30 miles at a gas station. But there was no gas station until Burlington. I was running out of water, it was getting hot and I was getting desperate.

I reached a little village called Kingston where I hoped tho find a gas station. The only thing I found was a vending machine which only took coins. I had money for one drink which was not nearly enough to continue.

Across the street there was a family sitting in their garden and I asked them whether they would refill my bottles with water. Such nice people. Bob and his family didn’t hesitate a second. Bob’s daughter went inside and refilled my bottles and even put ice cubes in it!! What a service. Bob invited me to have a seat, which I gladly accepted. We had a nice talk.

Bob wanted to follow my progress and I sent him the link to my homepage. Thank you again for your hospitality. I don’t know whether I would have made it to Burlington without your help.

I was contemplating the idea to continue to Fort Madison but it simply got to hot and the wind was relentless. After a good meal at The Drake right at the bridge crossing the river, I decided to stay in Burlington.

Burlington is interesting, particularly from a transporting perspective. Ever wondered what the sign on the trains BNSF stands for? It stands for Burlington North Santa Fe Railway. It is the second largest freight railway network in North America. BNSF employs 44,000 employees, has 32,500 miles of tracks and operates over 8,000 locomotives.

BNSF is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, the company of Warren Buffet. While BNSF is a product of hundreds of mergers over the last 160 years the name Burlington originated from Burlington IA. Amazing.

Although I planned on having a shorter day, I still ended up cycling 57 miles. Tonight and tomorrow morning there should be some rain. We’ll see.

6 thoughts on “Day 8 Burlington IA”

  1. WOW, what a story about those 6 brothers! I just read everything there was about it online. How sad but how heroic! Thank you Bob and family for taking good care of my husband! Seems like he makes great friends on the road, that’s just so amazing and so Heinz! Honey, keep on going! Very proud of you!!! XOXO

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  2. Lieben Dank für die informativen Berichte, die uns auch Gewissheit geben, dass du wohlauf bist.
    Uns scheint, du seist erst losgefahren, aber du hast ja schon eine grosse Strecke hinter dich gebracht
    und viel gesehen und erlebt. Uns freut vor allem, dass es dir gut geht und du mit den Strapazen gut
    zurechtkommst. Wir lesen deine Reiseberichte mit grossem Interesse, toll auch, dass du sie mit Bildern
    belegst. Glücklich sind wir auch, dass euer Feriendomizil vor grösseren Schäden verschont blieb.
    Wir wünschen dir weiterhin eine unfallfreie Fahrt. Gespannt warten wir auf die neuen Informationen.
    Liebe Grüsse aus Baden. Machs gut!!

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