Great River Road – March 2017 – Day 1

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Going to post about a road trip from March of 2017. Took the Great River Road from Minneapolis to Natchez MS, down on the east side and back on the west side. I’ll post 1,  2 or 3 days every couple of days. This is definitely a “Driveby Tourist” trip. Stop and see and take pictures, eat when hungry, make reservations couple of hours before stopping. Oh, and here is a link to the beginning of The Driveby Tourist.

The name “Mississippi” comes from the Ojibwe word “misi-ziibi,” meaning Great River. It’s also known as “The Father of Waters, “Ol’ Man River”, “The Big Muddy”, “Old Blue”, and “The Gathering of Waters” and probably others.

Imagine it is March 12, 2017 – Headed out – Another adventure

That’s the plan! No specific stops or dates. Just move on down the river.

I’m growing tired of the big city nights
Tired of the glamour and tired of the sights
In all my dreams I am roaming once more
Back to my home on the old river shore
I am sad and weary far away from home
Miss the Mississippi and you dear
Nights are dark and dreary everywhere I roam
Miss the Mississippi and you

“Miss the Mississippi” – Bob Dylan

Not a theme song, just had to work in a Dylan song about the Mississippi River!

Into Wisconsin, 6 – 9 inches of snow predicted so keep moving. 

Welcome to Wisconsin, first state border after leaving home.

Lake Pepin, really a widening of the Mississippi due to a natural dam created by the Wisconsin river joining the Mississippi.

Lock and Dam below Lake Pepin. There are 27 Lock and Dam pairs between Minneapolis and St. Louis. Beyond St. Louis the river flows without hindrance.

Mississippi River in WI. Might look like fog but it’s snow. Will keep snowing but I’ll keep moving. Had lunch earlier at a place called The Pickle Factory near Lake Pepin. The owner was from the Twin Cities and had attended Concordia College in Moorhead MN. Good conversation. Had dinner in Prairie du Chien WI and stopped for the night.

Depending on how much history I have, I’ll post one or two and sometimes three days of travel every couple of days.

The Driveby Tourist

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