I could kick myself. If I wasn't so busy swatting gnats, I would.
That's because I forgot to set the GPS to “avoid toll roads.” After spending $13.20 on tolls driving the Illinois tollway, US 88, from Chicago to the Iowa line, that's one mistake I won't make again.
But the gnats are another problem.
Blame it on all the wet weather but it is impossible to sit outside, even on such a fine day as today was, without being swarmed. They'll die away come sundown but since we pulled into the impressive Scott County Park some nine miles north of Davenport, Iowa, we've pretty much stayed in the Roadtrek, Seriously, I've never seen so many. They are in your ears, eyes, hair and if you open your mouth to cuss at 'em, they're in there, too.
The park is magnificent The Scott County Park here is over 1,200 acres, has a waterpark, borders a golf course and has miles of nature trails that connect four different campgrounds.
It was suggested as a first night's stay on this trip west by several readers, but especially Tom Hopkins, of Davenport, who stopped by tonight for an in-person visit. With wife, Loxie, he brought us a couple bottles of local wine from the Wide River Winery, located on a bluff overlooking the widest part of the Mississippi. The Hopkins toured the Roadtrek and we chatted outside till dar, swatting gnats. Loxie suggested we get some vanilla and put it on to keep the gnats away.
After dark, the gnats went away. Then the mosquitos came out.
The gnat infestation this year is worse than normal, however,and local TV is even reporting about them:
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