Monday, August 20, 2018

Riding the Great River Road: Day 3-The National Motorcycle Museum

Today is day-3 on the Great River Road.  I leave Muscatine, Iowa planning to take a little detour.  I ride about 30 minutes west to the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, I learned a lot about the man who while president, was blamed for the great depression.  He actually excelled at being a lifelong humanitarian and one of the founders of UNICEF.  An organization dedicated to providing developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.

After leaving the Historic site, I start to make my way back to the River Road when I come across an outrageous surprise.  The National Motorcycle Museum as I ride by it I decide to make a u-turn for a visit.  It was a pleasant surprise.  They had Evil Kenevil's jump bike there, a great Indian collection also, over 400 historically significant motorcycles.

After about an hour in the museum, I make my way back to the River Road.  I stop for lunch in Guttenberg Iowa right on the river.  The Kaffee 1858 & Public House had a friendly staff and a great Ruben Sandwich. After lunch, I ride up the River to Effigy Mounds National Monument.  Which is an old Indian Mounds burial complex, the mounds sit on bluffs that overlook the Mississippi River.  There are 3 mounds next to the visitor center also.

After viewing the mounds I cross the river into Wisconsin at Prairie Du Chien for the final leg of my ride today.  I travel up Wisconsin State Route 35 right along the River it is a magnificent ride. Going through several small towns on the river along the way.

I make it to my final destination for the evening La Cross Wisconsin, just in time for a traffic jam downtown.  It is good to get to the Hotel and reflect on 3 days of riding the Great River Road.  Tomorrow Merrill Wisconsin.

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