LeClaire Lofts

There is a new place to stay in downtown Leclaire.  A renovated place right downtown.   Check out this link:

http://www.leclairelofts.com/

What is this on the barges?

This was going up the river yesterday, what is it?

Countdown to tugfest

There is a rivalry between Leclaire, IA and Port Byron, IL.  We have a rope tug of war across the river every year.  Well, the weekend is coming up.  See this link:

http://www.tugfest.com/

Place your bets.  Who wins, Iowa or Illinois?  I have mixed loyalties.  I live in Iowa, work in Illinois and went to college and law school in Illinois. But our best friend works for the University of Iowa.

River restaurants in Pool 14

Say you are just out for a cruise and suddenly, you are very very hungry.  If the Burger Boat is not nearby, then it is time to pull into shore and get a bite.  Here are some restaurants where you can dock your boat and go on in.

GO FISH

This new entry is up the river in Princeton.

A fellow blogger mentioned it in his blog:

http://www.biggetter.com/2008/06/day-25-17-miles-clinton-to-princeton.html

And took a picture from the air during the flood.

Up above is my picture from the river.

Another new entry is “Its on the River” which is in Port Byron, Illinois.

http://www.itsontheriver.net/index.html

I have to admit I have not checked out Cordova or Camanche, but I have not heard of anything there.

Up in Albany Illinois, there is a restaurant called McCabes Landing.  Dock the boat on the city docks, walk over the tracks, go up in the steps in the back and you are there.  Take cash.

The City of Clinton Iowa has started work on a grand new marina which is to include a new restaurant.  Nothing final yet, the floods slowed construction down.

http://ads.qctimes.com/articles/2008/06/21//news/local/doc485c86124c7bf425130999.txt

And of course, you can always take a picnic lunch to Princeton Beach.

Burger boat

Someone came up with the idea of turning a houseboat into a floating concession stand.  We caught the Burger Boat fueling up the other day.

Burger boat

Burger boat

RAGBRAI

The 36th annual RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Race Across Iowa) finished up in Leclaire this year.  The Des Moines Register sponsors this bike ride across the state from west to east.  Small Iowa towns host them along the way.   About 13,000 bicyclists ride what they discover is not so flat of a state, dipping their back tire in the Missouri River on the west side of the state, and their front tires in the Mississippi River on the east side of the state.  And many of them party hardy all along the way.  We got caught up in the traffic jam on Saturday morning.  There were many painted school buses that looked like they had time warped from the 1960’s, they hauled gear.  They were pretty much cleared out of town by Saturday afternoon, even though they had to ride 40 miles from the last stop.

Here are some links to see pictures.  Check out the video on the Register’s web site.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=ragbrai&template=landing

http://www.ragbrai.org/

Trouble in river city

You have seen many photos of the I-80 bridge over the Mississippi here.  Well, yesterday I got stuck in a massive traffic jam (as we define that here, made me 15 minutes late getting home), and it turned out the Illinois DOT bridge inspectors were on the job.  Illinois is in charge of bridge maintenance.  Because of corrosion on support structures, we are down to one lane each way indefinitely.   I am seeking alternative routes to work through cornfields and woods.  Here is the story:

http://www.qctimes.com/articles/2008/07/24/news/local/doc48891ee54b299932127241.txt?sPos=2

But, better safe than in the river….