I hit the road at about 1:30pm on Sunday, July 9th.
My first port of call was Davenport, Iowa.
I arrived in Davenport around dusk and had a
pleasant evening strolling along the Mississippi
River and listening to a concert that was going
on in a park along the waterfront in Davenport.
The next day I drove to Des Moines, Iowa.
Pictured above is the state capitol.
I spent the next day driving around central Iowa.
I occupied the morning by visiting numerous covered
bridges in the now famous Madison County.
Above is the birthplace of John Wayne
in Winterset, Iowa. Later that afternoon I headed
north, spending the evening in Mankato, Minnesota.
It was off to Minneapolis next, where I spent the
first part of the day at the Mall of America,
the world's largest shopping mall.
Then in order to beat the 100 degree heat, I drove
to Duluth a day early. The weather was much cooler
at my hotel on the shore of Lake Superior.
I stopped at the Grand Casino in Hinckley enroute.
The picture above was taken from a hillside above
Duluth looking out toward Minnesota Point, a
peninsula that extends 7 miles into Lake Superior.
The next day I followed the north shore of Lake
Superior into Thunder Bay, Ontario. It was a very
scenic drive with lots of things to see along the
way. Above is Gooseberry Falls.
Above is the shore of Lake Superior as
seen from Split Rock Lighthouse.
The above picture was taken from the
Lutsen Mountain Gondola.
I spent the next morning in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Above is Kakabeka Falls.
The picture above was taken from a
hillside above Thunder Bay.
Later that afternoon I boarded a plane and flew
to Newfoundland. After changing planes in Toronto,
I didn't get into St. Johns, NF until after
midnight. The picture above was taken the
next morning near Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.
The picture about was taken from Cape
Spear National Historic Park looking out
into the rough waters of the North Atlantic.
Just braving the gale-force winds at this
place was an adventure. The wind was blowing
so hard you could barely stand up.
This is the eastern most point in North America.
The picture above was taken from Signal Hill
National Historic Park looking down onto
the city of St. Johns, Newfoundland.
The above picture was also taken from Signal
Hill looking out onto the Atlantic coastline.
I left Newfoundland early due to the
inhospitable weather. On a good day it is
cold, windy, and rainy. On my return flight
to Thunder Bay we stopped in Halifax, Nova
Scotia and Toronto, Ontario.
From Thunder Bay I drove back home, spending the
night in Duluth, Green Bay, and Madison, Wisconsin.