January 1, 2007

One month ago the area was covered with 12 to 19 inches of snow (link). Today you'd be hard pressed to find any piles remaining. Clear skies above, clear roads below - the bike found itself winding its way to the Mississippi River.

After the sun set the moon made itself known - almost full with the still clear sky. The ride back to Freeport, via the little used county roads, gave glorious hilltop views of the town lights afar.

Heading North through Stockton, IL

The Stockton park.
A half-way meeting point with the grandparent's.

South of Taripin Ridge.

On the bluffs at the Mississippi Palisades State Park.

An empty park on a nice day

Crossing over to Sabula Iowa

From Iowa looking East to the bluffs.