Migrating South- MN to St Louis

It has been a whirlwind few weeks. Vacation in the North part of The Netherlands to traveling in the USA.

My most recent journey started at the end of September as I flew into Minnesota from Amsterdam. I took one day to pack my car with all my camping gear and suitcases. Then started my 1975 mile round trip journey along the Great River Road.

The Great River Road Map at the Prescott, WI  GRR Visitor Center. 

I grew up on one of the a small river (Kettle River) in Minnesota that feeds into the St Croix River. The St Croix then feeds into the Mississippi River. As a child I would dream of what a cool journey it would be to ride the water the entire path to the Gulf of Mexico.

I have traveled across this huge long river in my many journeys but never skirted the river banks from North to South as it meanders it’s way to the salty waters of the Gulf.

The Great River Road is a series of highways that run along both East and West sides of the Mississippi River from its source to its exit into the Gulf. The waterway that has built and shaped the midwest of the USA. The road is a journey not only of the path of the river, but through a history of commerce that shaped the early Midwest. The Mississippi River still provides a vital water pathway for shipping agricultural and minerals out of the heartland.

This was a bucket list item. I opted not to really plan an itinerary I decided I had the route and would meander along the road and discover the treasures without research.

Would I be rewarded and surprised?

I would live “in the moment” and enjoy the small things and perhaps some discoveries.

A moth that looks like a leaf on the Visitor Center window

The next few blogs I will take you along the ride as I adventured this National Water Treasure.

The fall is a perfect time to travel this roadway as the birds, butterflies, and older people all migrate to warmer winter locations.

I started and ended this journey at Banning State Park in Minnesota.

This journey also provided plenty for my Hummm files.

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