I left Keokuk IA at the usual time and crossed over to the IL side of the river. The weather was very comfortable and the wind was lateral and not much bothering.
On my way I had a stop at this place:
Buildings were small in the old days and built with logs. Ursa was established in 1834.
My route took me to Quincy. Not much to see. Very industrial in the south of the city. I veered of the path towards one of the many locks on the Mississippi River because it was signaled as bike route. That was very misleading. It was actually a dead end. I tried to get back on the main road but ended up in the facilities of a cement fabric. At the end I had to lift my bike over a fence to get back on track.
Google Maps then rerouted me from Interstate 57 to a side road. All was good in the beginning. Paved road. But after about 5 miles the gravel nightmare began. I had a couple of miles on gravel to the point I had to walk. Thank God that my tires are puncture proof. I have a couple of marks and small lacerations on my tires. I might replace them in Memphis TN.
Finally I reached Hannibal in good time. After lunch I explored Mark Twain’s childhood place. The adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are Mark Twain’s childhood memories of Hannibal MO, where he grew up:
Mark Twain’s childhood home including the famous fence.
The home of Becky Thatcher, Tom Sawyer’s first sweetheart.
The house of Huckleberry Finn.
J.M. Clemens law office, the father of Samuel Clemens, a.k.a Mark Twain.
Hannibal sill exudes the charm of a small Mississippi River town of the mid 18th hundreds. The museum tour is well organized and provides a lot of information. I can only recommend. For sure I will again read the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Fascinating.
That’s it for today. Depending on weather and end of a telephone conference call, I will continue to Troy MO tomorrow.