Wherever we go with our Roadtrek, people seem to stop and want a tour.
On the Mississippi River today where we were videotaping an interview in Davenport, Iowa, crowds began to accumulate. We were in Credit Park and did non-stop tours for a while. bikers. joggers. People passing by wanted to see the inside.
We were glad to oblige.
When KWQC, the local NBC-TV station sent Johana Klossing, one of their reporters, to do a interview on the Open Mike Family Motor Coach Association tour, she, too got a tour.
We didn't leave the Quad Cities until mid afternoon, what with showing off the Roadtrek, doing media interviews and finally shooting our video story of a local guy who retired from a high profile hospital CEO job to open a factory in Rock Island, IL to hand make gorgeous canoes. I even got a chance to head out on the Mississippi with him today, trying out one of the canoes. I'll have a video about that later this week.
But after lunch, it was the open road, seven hours worth, making 450 miles through four states – Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and finally South Dakota and tonight's destination, the KOA in Sioux Falls.
It was 10 PM when we pulled in, with a gentle rain falling.
That rain is most welcome, even though it's not expected to amount to much. We passed miles and miles of parched corn. Locals say the drought that has gripped the country is stunting the corn. All the rivers are down and the land needs a drink, badly. They're saying the lack of water is worst than the dust bowl conditions of the 30's.
Us… we need some sleep.
We have another TV crew coming here at the KOA campground to interview us Sunday morning. Gotta get our beauty rest, you know.