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  • DAY 44 – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21

    BURLINGTON LAYOVER The day started with a drive into town to meet Savanna, the host at the Burlington, Iowa country music station, for a quick on-air interview between songs. The interview went well, short…

  • DAY 43 – TUESDAY, AUGUST 20

    OAKVILLE TO BURLINGTON We woke on the shores of Lake Odessa and Bev served us a delicious breakfast with plenty of coffee. We enjoyed a beautiful orange sky that colored the lake.…

  • DAY 42 – MONDAY, AUGUST 19

    MUSCATINE TO OAKVILLE Our host, Greg Jenkins, made a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon, and we shared a few final stories before starting our day. He also helped Tom secure…

  • DAY 41 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 18

    QUAD CITIES TO MUSCATINE Tom rode south out of Davenport, Iowa toward Muscatine, Iowa—we knew the first 7 miles were bikeable and the rest uncertain, plus the weather forecast showed a storm system moving in,…

  • DAY 40 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

    LE CLAIRE TO QUAD CITIES We were hurrying out the door this morning to get launched, so much so that we later learned a few things got left behind—but that’s for another…

  • Couple running, biking along Mississippi River for “Relay of Voices”

    BY ANDREA FLORES of WQAD Channel 8 LECLAIRE, Iowa — Two artists are running and biking along all 2,348 miles of the Mississippi River. It’s called “Relay of Voices,” and they’re collecting stories…

  • Artistic Team Traveling The Length Of The Mississippi Makes Stops In Iowa

    By KATE PAYNE from Iowa Public Radio Victoria Bradford Styrbicki and her husband Tom are traveling from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico as part of a story-telling project about…

  • DAY 39 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

    CLINTON TO LE CLAIRE The story of Clinton, Iowa would not be complete without a brief glimpse of our lodging at the Econo Lodge out on Hwy 30. Our room was in the oldest…

  • DAY 38 – THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

    SABULA TO CLINTON French toast, fruit parfait, crispy bacon, orange juice, coffee—a breakfast for champions, or so we hoped, as we got prepared to leave Sabula’s Castle Bed & Breakfast and make…

  • DAY 37 – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14

    BELLEVUE TO SABULA Morning at Dave and Carol’s started out busy busy on our computer’s, at least for me and Tom, whereas Dave sat calmly on his patio, drinking his coffee and…