The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

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

Mississippi River Trail’

Bicycle USA 2015 Summary

It’s been a few weeks since we returned from our bicycle trip in the States, so we’ve had plenty of time to reflect on what was an eventful, emotional and enthalling 1,100 mile journey.   As you may know, the trip began in Memphis. Our quest was to complete the wonderful Mississippi River Trail. On… Read More

Chicago

Well, we made it. Chicago, the windy city. What a joy it was cycling the various trails that make up the Grand Illinois Trail. It wasn’t very pleasant leaving McHenry as there were sections on very busy roads, but soon we hit the trails off road through forests and passing lakes. A pure delight. We… 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

Mississippi Flooding

Whilst our phone SIM is only for data, we do get emergency alerts, and they are all for flash flooding. Yet the 60 mile ride from St Peters to Louisiana (no we are not senile yet, it is Louisiana, Missouri) was hot, hot, hot! Thankfully, highway 79 was mainly flat, light traffic going north from… Read More

St Louis Oh Where Art Thou?

To coin a phrase from the fabulous Coen Brothers, what is happening to St Louis? There is construction everywhere limiting access to most of downtown attractions especially the iconic Gateway Arch. On a hot, humid Saturday, we sweated our way over the Mississippi River bridge for some good views, but it was sad to see… Read More