The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

One big world, 2 bikes, 6 grandchildren many postcards…


Chicago Here We Come

To quote the Blues Brothers. “It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas. Half a pack of cigarettes. It’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it!” And so we are. Heading out of Galena fully refreshed and ready for those rolling hills on the Grand Illinois Trail. The road route follows the… Read More

Goodbye Mississippi

Sunday would be the day we say goodbye to the Mississippi River. It was spitting with rain as we decamped. By the time we were ready to go, the thunder and lightening was getting ever closer, so we just made it to the park shelter in time before the heavens opened. We were sharing the… Read More

Grand Illinois Trail

At Illiwek CG, Hampton, we decided on a lie in at 6am, but all this hay fever from the blasted mowing of grass doesn’t lend well to a comfortable doze on the ground. So, off we went straight on the trail and soon we were joined by Bruce Perry. He was very knowledgeable as it… Read More

Grand River Trail

We have finally made it onto the Great River Trail and one of the myriad of recreational paths that make up the Grand Illinois Trail (GIT). It was a warm, sunny morning as we left our motel by the Quad Cities airport. Ambling through quiet residential areas of Moline , the Rock River was left… Read More

Old Gits on the GIT

Tomorrow, we continue the Mississippi River Trail from Moline, Illinois. After contacting the League of Illinois Bicyclists, we were able to download and print the Grand Illinois Trail, which will take us north along the Mississippi to Galena, and then back to Chicago. Now the acronym for this trail is GIT. Yet in Britain, the… Read More

Bagpipes, Mormons and Mowers

It’s almost two weeks without internet, so it’s difficult to know where to start. We left off in Quincy which was a very interesting town and the campsite a bargain at $10 with a swimming pool. We rested there for an extra day as it was Jenny’s birthday and thunderstorms were predicted. Going on 40… Read More

Goodbye Mark Twain

Mark Twain said “Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.” I don’t suppose he was referring to Illinois State Highway 57, but the 12 mile stretch to Quincy nearly could easily have done that to us today. No shoulder. Heavy, busy traffic. We were constantly on and off road. Not pleasant… Read More