After leaving St. Donatus, we returned to Dubuque to cross over the Highway 20 bridge into Illinois, the Land of Lincoln and home of President Obama. Someone reminded us that it was also the land of gangsters and Al Capone. We thought it over, but decided that since Al Capone has been dead 67 years, and Chicago is on the eastern side of the state, we could probably safely venture over the Mississippi.
As we pulled up to a stop-light, about to turn toward the bridge, a pickup pulled up beside us. Imagine our surprise to hear a voice from the driver's seat say, "Hi!" It was a cousin (who is not from that area at all) in the truck beside us on the 1st and only day we've ever been in Dubuque!
We crossed over the river, taking a few photos of the bridge along the way. "Welcome to Illinois!" a sign read. I entered my 21st state! We drove through East Dubuque, IL, north until we reached the Wisconsin border.
We contemplated whether we should drive up to Prairie du Chien to visit our favorite hamburger stand (Pete's), and I started wishing Brewster's Coffee House was a little closer to the border so we could stop by and surprise one of my favorite bloggers (Cryslyn)!
But alas, Wisconsin is a big state, and we we were very tired after a long day. We crossed back into the beautiful land of Iowa, stopped at Burger King for burgers and milkshakes, and headed for home, our mission of setting foot in Illinois was complete.
Twenty-one states in twenty years is not bad! I still have a bit of work to do to catch up with Papa. He's not only visited, but also preached in all 48 continental states, Canada, and Mexico! My dear mother has been to three continents. Come to think of it, I have fascinating parents!