Stage 54: Muscatine, IA to Moline, IL, 40.09 miles

Today we crossed the Mississippi river on the Centennial Bridge in the Quad Cities area- so we’re now in Eastern USA!! The river was much wider than I’d expected and really impressive. Another mainly cloudy day with high humidity but the run went well – starting off on the road and then some bike path that forms part of The American Discovery Trail but then finishing on the The Hennepin Canal Trail where we spend all of tomorrow.

We were met by Corky (who was with us the first week in Washington – originally crewing for Marty then helping Justin and I) several times and she put on some great aid station food – including ice lollies and delicious biscuits! She also gave Mike and I some gifts for getting to Illinois which were very generous. I’m looking forward to reading and using my ‘Farmer’s Wife Baking Cookbook’ when I get home!

If my cable to connect the camera to the laptop wasn’t in the bottom of a bag in the car (and I wasn’t already in bed – it is 9pm!) you’d have a photo of Mike and I in front of a ‘Welcome to Illinois’ sign. You’ll just have to believe we’re here in our 8th State.

I also ran in my Serpentine Vest for the first time today – as it’s the 30th anniversary of the club and lots of the club members were running a stage of the Real Relay in London today; Happy Birthday Serpies!

One thing I keep forgetting to mention is a great sweet that Steph’s brought to my attention – Cow Tales. Amazing caramel with a light cream inside, we’ve had small round ones and long tails and they’ve quickly become a firm favourite!

 

 

 

7 responses to “Stage 54: Muscatine, IA to Moline, IL, 40.09 miles

  1. Hello, I hope all is well. The race will be run down the street I live on. I would really like to have a few friends over to cheer you guys on and run with you to the finish. I need some sort of idea of a projected finish time. I hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanx Chad

    • Hi, I’ll email direct – of course it’s great to have people run with us. If you mean run to the finish in Delaware then I’m sure you’d understand that having (hopefully) run 3360 miles in 80 days that we’d probably prefer to run to the finish on our own, but a stage earlier is fine.

      • Chad Wooley

        Great. You probably wont see us until later in the day this Thursday.
        Cant wait.

        What kind of pace have you been keeping?

  2. toby melville

    nice one jen…the end is in sight (well, with really good binoculars!) toby, serpie

  3. HI JENNIFER. FRIEND OF YOUR DAD,PLAY GOLF WITH HIM ON THE GET AWAY CUP, WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR GENES FROM, YOUR DAD PLAYS 18 HOLES AND IS WELL PUFFED OUT, AND THATS RIDING ON A BUGGY (JUST JOKING) LOVE READING ABOUT YOU ALL, BEST OF BRITISH. REGARDS MICK MORRIS.

  4. Joanna littlechild

    Sounds like another good day. I’m sure you’ll miss these exotic American sweets when you are back home. But you’ll be able to demonstrate farmers wife baking instead. Let’s look forward to the next state in eastern usa

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