After a busy week of farewells to beloved friends and places in Marquette, we got underway yesterday morning around 8 am (EDT) and arrived in East Peoria, IL around 6 pm (CDT). The drive, while long, was fairly easy. We had dry roads and mostly overcast skies until about Beloit, WI where we drove through rain for about an hour.
In East Peoria, we were welcomed by family and by the sights and sounds of spring--including greening fields and yards, bright red cardinals, and yellowing daffodil buds on the verge of blooming. It feels good to be here and we are looking forward to a family party at Caryl's brother Mike's this evening. We have about 1100 miles to go once we start out again on Tuesday morning. For now, we are enjoying having some "down time" after the whirlwind month we have just concluded.