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Hannibal Missouri on the Banks of the Mississippi

Just when you think the ride can’t get any better, the fog finally lifted around 10am, and we shed our snorkels, fins, and jackets in favor of just our shirts. The afternoons have been great, and today was no exception. The sun was out and the skies cleared to reveal a pleasant afternoon. Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois all proved to be rich in agriculture. Everywhere is fields of corn, and another shrub we could not determine for sure. I think they were soybeans. Note: the Grey Ghost likes to mark his territory along the way; ducking into corn fields or near soybean fields along the roadways, so it would probably be a good idea to wash those fresh vegetables before you eat them.

We crossed the mighty Mississippi at Hannibal Missouri, where along the shore was a large paddlewheel boat which reminded us of Tom Sawyer.

Paddlewheel boat at Hannibal
Hannibal was home to Mark Twain, and the town had a large museum and park in his honor. We discovered a nice park across the Mississippi river in Illinois, where we met a young fisherman who was trying to catch some catfish. He took us to a rocky area along the banks of the river, and pointed out a large Water Moccasin. He said it was the largest one he had ever seen. It looked like it had just eaten something, and he thought it might be shedding its skin because it was trying to take cover under the rocks. The Grey Ghost tried to sneak up on it to get a better view, and Chad (the fisherman) even tried to coax it further out from the rocks by tossing a small stick at it.  Fortunately (at least as far as I was concerned) it didn’t come out.  It appeared to be about 3-feet in length.
The Grey Ghost takes a picture of the bridge crosing the Mississippi, but Super Dave, staying true to his beliefs, refuses to take a picture of the bridge
Side note about Mark Twain: a favorite motorcycle ride back home is a winding ride up to Virginia City, Nevada where a young Samuel Clements use to work at the Territorial Enterprise newspaper. It was fun to also discover his home and see the place that inspired Tom Sawyer.

Because the afternoons have been so nice, and the mornings so foggy, we decided to ride longer today in favor of leaving a hour later tomorrow. We found a hotel in Danville Illinois at about 7:30pm, just before the sunset, and decided to stay the night. After dinner, we walked over to our bikes parked at the hotel, and noticed water was already beginning to form on our bike seats. We are prepared for another CTDHBF morning, and more adventures along the way.  

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Paddlewheel boat at Hannibal
Paddlewheel boat at Hannibal
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The Grey Ghost takes a picture of…
Water Moccasin Hiding under the Ro…
Water Moccasin Hiding under the R…
Super Dave and the Grey Ghost Sudd…
Super Dave and the Grey Ghost Sud…
Name that Shrub...
Name that Shrub...
Bikes on Hwy 36
Bikes on Hwy 36
Can you name this shrub?
Can you name this shrub?
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photo by: genetravelling