|Dubuque, Iowa to
the Gulf of Mexico
August 26th to September 2nd, 2001
Overview of our trip
Even though both Brandon and I love to travel, especially along the Mississippi River, neither of us has ever been south of St. Louis. Even then, when I visited St. Louis I was about 13 years old and slept all the way there and all the way back. This trip is definitely an adventure for us, as well as an opportunity to expand the scope of our website. We're really looking forward to meeting all sorts of different people, trying different kinds of food, and learning more about the history of the Mississippi River.
Because the focus of this website is not only on the Great River Road itself, but the community that surrounds it, we tend to encourage the advertisement of small, family-owned businesses, rather than corporations. For this reason, we're making every effort to stay at family-owned inns and bed and breakfasts and eat at family-owned restaurants during this trip. Besides, what's more exciting than staying in a historic inn and having interesting, different meals? Who wants Best Western and McDonald's all the time?
More than anything, this trip will be challenging. South of St. Louis, the Great River Road tends to be unmarked, and we'll have to pick our way through the highways to find it. We'll be attempting to stop at any and all interesting sites along the way, and traveling over 2,000 miles in one short week. Plus - we need to make time for sleep and relaxation! However, we're definitely up to the challenge.
Please, visit this website every day during our trip. I'll be updating our travel journal and photographs daily, so you can come along on our trip! We promise, though, that it'll be much more exciting when you can make the trip yourself - and hopefully www.riverroads.com will serve as your guide when you do.
Updated daily during the week of our trip!
Some of the sites and sights along the way.
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