Quad Cities Red Carpet

Waxing Crescent Moon

Wow. I can’t believe the red carpet treatment that REACH Across America received in the Quad Cities the past two days. Joe Taylor, the President and CEO of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, made me feel like a Gold Medal Olympian returning home from Barcelona. I can’t get over it.

The day started out a little overcast, but by the time I walked down to the Mississippi River from Carbon Cliff, a strong west wind had pushed most of the clouds away. Lots of blue sky welcomed me to Moline.

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By accident, I walked right by the corner where Joe’s offices are (near the river in Moline) so I walked in to see what was up. Joe (who is also this area’s ADT Coordinator) had emailed that he would be out of town today. Cheryl, the first person I saw inside the building, said “Hi, you must be Jim!”

Cheryl then proceeded to connect me with Molly across the river in the Davenport office and oh yeah, she casually mentioned that the Bureau had reserved a room for me tonight at the Radisson hotel. Free of charge. Wow.

My Smartyphone was ringing “off the hook,” a phrase that no longer has meaning but still serves a purpose. The Quad Cities press media are everywhere! I did three interviews yesterday and two more today, plus Meg the QC Dispatch photographer shadowed me twice. I turned the tables on her and took a shot of her and Bobalooie.

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This was after Jack Cullen met me on the Arsenal Bridge for another interview and photos.

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It was crazy! I go weeks and weeks basically walking along with my own thoughts. Then in the matter of a few days, I am talking like there’s no tomorrow. I felt like a dream hikerman who fell to Earth 🙂

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The river crossing, of course, did not disappoint. First came a metal footbridge to Arsenal Island.

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Then a short wait for a longggg barge to pass.

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Then the swing bridge swung around to let me and Bobalooie and some bikes and cars cross the main body of the Big Muddy.

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I saw my first pelicans since leaving home when I got to the other side. I – insert heart emoji here – pelicans.

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Then I went to the old train depot, now the Visitors Center and Quad Cities office of the American Discovery Trail in Davenport. It’s right next to the Mississippi River Trail on the waterfront.

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That’s where I met Molly and Randy who greeted me as the “First Arrival” hiker to the new ADT office. And I did a TV interview from there for the Local 4 CBS affiliate.

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After that, I was hungry and tired of being this sort of rag tag famous guy so I retired to my modest quarters on the 5th floor of the Radisson. From the Cathy Foes Comfy Basement to “The Little Fort” in Geneseo to the Penthouse in Davenport, the Quad Cities area has gone all out.

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Peace, Love, and Thanks, QC!
Palomino

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