Thursday, July 15, 2010
Day 3 - Thursday
We started off in French Lick, Indiana and ended up about 20 miles north of Davenport, Iowa. In between we toured a unique jail in Crawfordsville, Indiana. It was made in the 1880s and was used up to 1972. It is the first of 15 jails ever made that has the gears and levers to revolve the jail cells around in a circle. There are two stories of cells in a circle that revolve around when they are needed to - there is one opening where a prisoner can enter to be locked up, then the cells revolve all at the same time. We had some fun taking turns locking each other up in the cells.
Our next stop was Danville, Illinois where we visited a local museum that was a doctor's house in the mid 1800s. One of the doctor's best friends was Abe Lincoln. We saw a bedroom where Abe would stay and the balcony from which Abe gave a speech to the locals. He had to step through a window to the balcony - back then home owners were taxed by the number of doors they had, so a window to the balcony eliminated one door. I hope Obama doesn't hear about the door tax - he might try to bring it back.
We then took off through Illinois - we had a goal of Dyersville, Iowa to see the Field of Dreams, but that is going to have to wait until tomorrow because of a good deed we performed. Somewhere near Peoria we stopped for gas and a lady of about 30 pulled up in a small SUV. She asked for directions to a town named Pekin. She seemed a little upset so even though we had no clue where Pekin was we tried to help her. She explained that she was supposed to meet her husband at a Super 8 Hotel there. Her husband was trying to give her directions over the phone, but she was getting more and more lost and confused. Pee Wee and I made the decision to use our GPS and have her follow us all the way to the Pekin Super 8. We both considered what we would feel like if our wives or daughters were lost somewhere and quickly made the decision to help her. It took us over 30 minutes to get her to the Super 8 and back to where we were, so the Field of Dreams is going to happen tomorrow, but we felt real good after helping her out.
We also did a couple of other minor good deeds - we were stopped in a line of traffic on a country highway somewhere in Indiana. There was a guy at one end of construction being done holding up a stop sign, and another guy at the other end doing the same. Pee Wee had bought some huge blackberries at a roadside stand earlier. When we got to the workers, we stopped traffic behind us while we shared the blackberries with the workers who were sweating profusely.
One other - in the town of Worthington, Indiana we stopped in the town square simply because it looked interesting to us. We walked into a Christian book store that turned out to be much more than that. They had a big supply of clothes and and other supplies that anyone in need could come into the store and have for free. I had a few CDs in my truck of hyms - they are now in the store's collection. We wish we could have given more, but that is about all we could give - we didn't think it would be wise to drive around naked.
We can't wait for the Field of Dreams tomorrow and beyond ...