Davenport Riverfront Trail

Across the Mississippi to Illinois

This morning my wife and I had to drive our oldest son to the Quad City Airport in Moline. He had a short leave from the Navy and had to return to base. After riding to Saylorville Dam yesterday, I thought maybe my wife would be too tired to ride this morning. But I looked on the Internet for some possible rides in the Quad Cities area. I found the Riverfront Trail on Google. There is plenty of parking along the trail and we parked our van just upstream of the marina.

The Riverfront trail runs along the Mississippi River starting at the Isle of Capri Casino in the North. It ends 9 miles later by circling the park road on Credit Island. The trail is flat all the way. It starts out with views of some beautiful river front homes and then goes down by the marina. As we rode by it looked like they were holding a regatta of some sort. The path next goes through the waterworks and by Lock and Dam no. 15. Along the way there is a two layer bridge with the top deck for trains and  the bottom deck for cars. The car deck has a bike/pedestrian lane and leads to the Great River Trail on the Illinois side. Next time we’ll have to cross over and give it a try.

As we continued south we passed another casino and a bit of downtown Davenport. There are plenty of places to stop along the ride including places to eat. We rode past the Saturday farmers market and followed the river through some more industrialized areas.

Un dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte

When we crossed the causeway to Credit Island, we followed the park road counter-clockwise. As we rode I thought I saw people taking wedding photos in the distance. As we rode closer we saw that it was a series of sculptures based on Suerat’s Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte. My wife figured it out first. We have seen the original at the Art Institute of Chicago and as we homeschooled our kids we often talked about art and especially Seurat and his method of pointillism. While we were checking out the sculptures a group of about 5 cyclists greeted us as they were riding by. The ride around the island was pretty cool. The water was low but we still saw several species of waterfowl including ducks, egrets and heron.

On the way back, we stopped at the Farmers Market and bought some raspberries. Next we had ribeye steak sandwiches for lunch. At $6 they were an excellent price and they were perfect. I asked the guy what seasoning he used and he told me it was McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning. It was so good that I bought some at the grocery store the same day. In fact, I take back everything I have said in the past about Canadian food 🙂

We are going to have to work on cycling clothing for my wife. It was colder today and she like the bike tights. Next she needs something to cover her ears, a helmet cover and full-fingered gloves for fall.

I have enjoyed cycling for over three decades and it has been an important part of my life. I am thankful that in these last couple of years I have been able to share it with my wife. Another great day on the bike.

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