83 deg. cloudy, SSW 13 MPH Gusts 17 MPH
Forecast = Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Not as hot. Highs in the lower 90s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
After a pleasant nights stay at the West Lake CG in Davenport, we left at 9:05 and continued South and East around the Quad Cities area on I-280. Once into Illinois, we picked up I-74 and followed it all the way through Peoria, Bloomington/Normal, and to just past the little town of Leroy, where we turned East on US 136. 136 brought us right over here to Rantoul and the Prairie Pines Campground.
It was 12:30 when we pulled up in front of the office, so it took us 3 hours and 25 minutes to travel the 187 miles over here.
I have a great site this year. I'm in site #23 which faces East so the afternoon and evening sun aren't shining into my windshield, there are large trees on the South and West sides of the site, so there is shade during the hottest part of the day. Jim says that he has always considered site #23 one of the best sites in the park.
The temperatures were in the upper 90's when we got here, so Jim just hooked up my electric and water. My tanks are almost empty, so the sewer can wait for a day or 2 if necessary.
After they relaxed for a little while, Jim and Linda took CLT and headed over to the County Market Grocery store to buy some much needed groceries. They didn't buy a whole lot, but did get some necessities, like bread, milk, beer and TP.
Oh, and they also bought some chicken, potato salad and home made bread from the bakery/deli for dinner. ; )
After they returned and had all the groceries put away, the both took a nap before dinner.
After it cooled down a little, (The temperatures here got up to 102 degrees yesterday afternoon), Jim and Linda walked over to Paul and Louise's, (the campground hosts), and visited for awhile. Both Jim and Linda said that it was good to see them again and catch up on what's been happening since we left here last fall.
They must have had a lot to talk about because they were over there until about 9:00. : )
The weather in this area has been very hot and dry. Some of the crops in the fields look really bad and they're saying that much of the Illinois corn crop may have been lost already. Today, they're forecasting a chance of rain and every one's excited with hopes of salvaging some of the corn and the soy bean crop.
I hope we get some rain. It's so sad to see all those fields of corn and beans just drying up and turning brown. : (
I don't think Jim and Linda have any big plans for today. I think Linda wants to start getting caught up on laundry, so that means Jim will have to go out and hook up my sewer hose.
Did you know that on this date in 1775 A postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States? The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin.
Thanks for saving site #23 for me Louise, I really appreciate it!!!! : )
The roads were good for the most part. We had a few construction areas but they were short and did not cause any delays.