Great Lakes NAS, IL To Rockford, IL

Posted by on July 16, 2015
Parting shot of Lake Michigan

Parting shot of Lake Michigan

Today’s journey was only 76 miles so, once again, no great hurry to get on the road.  With now sewer or water we only had to worry about taking down the satellite dish and unplugging the coach from power…Michael had those things taken care of in no time.

My chores inside can normally be taken care of in 30 – 45 minutes depending on what all has to be stowed.  I made breakfast, did those dishes and then got everything settled into its traveling homes.

Since we had no sewer we had to take the time to run by the marina where the dump station is located to take care of that chore before we hit the road.

Physical Training

Physical Training

On our way to the marina we came across a group of sailors that were running up and down the hill in front of the campground.  We were told that they were hoping to become Navy Seals.  Good luck to them!

The joy of a non-sewer site....the dump station!

The joy of a non-sewer site….the dump station!

We pulled away from the dump station at 10:54 am (6 minutes ahead of schedule!) and headed west. Michael planned a nice ‘country’ route with me in mind…knowing that I love the beauty that is found on the back roads.

We had a nice smooth drive through the countryside with blue skies and sunshine.  The drive took just over 2 hours with us arriving at Blackhawk Valley Campground on the south side of Rockford, IL about 2:10 pm.

We got checked in and found out that we had a full hook up site (we’d thought we only had electric and water).  We made our way to our grassy pull-thru site and got settled in easily enough.  In less than an hour we were settled in our recliners enjoying a slice of yesterday’s pizza and a load of laundry going.

We relaxed for a few hours before heading out to grab some dinner and then to watch our great-nephew at BMX practice.  Justice is the son of Michael’s niece, Crystal, who is the daughter of Michael’s brother Ronnie and his wife Linda.

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

Michael was a good sport and let me have my favorite for dinner…do you know what that is??  You should if you’ve been reading long enough.  LOL  We ended up at Imperial Palace.  There wasn’t a whole lot of choices and none had excellent reviews so I chose one with the best reviews.

I’m glad I ignored the reviews and went anyway as the place was nicely decorated and the food was good. Michael went completely out of his comfort zone and ordered pepper steak rather than his usual sweet and sour chicken…but I think he’ll be back to his usual next time.  I ordered pork with garlic sauce which was very good.  We always get an order of fried rice, crab rangoon and an egg roll and then we have a ton of leftovers to enjoy over the next few days…today was no exception.

Justice (#6) at the starting gate

Justice (#6) at the starting gate

We got to the BMX track a little after 6:00 and practice was in full swing.  We learned that this was ‘gate practice’ where the main goal is to leave the gate quickly and smoothly.

Justice on the pink bike

Justice on the pink bike

Justice is 21 and has been racing off and on since he was 7.  This is the first time we’ve seen him in action and we really enjoyed it but it left us wanting more…hopefully some day we can see him in an actual race.

Crystal, Justice & Faithlynne

Crystal, Justice & Faithlynne

Justice’s 3-year-old daughter, Faithlynne, is learning to ride too!  We just missed her take a spin on the track…she had just finished when we got there.

Faithlynne following in her Daddy's footsteps

Faithlynne following in her Daddy’s footsteps

We had a nice, albeit short, visit while watching the practice goings on.  We haven’t seen Crystal since she was a teenager and had never met Justice or Faithlynne so it was a huge treat to get together with all of them.

We went our separate way shortly before 8:00 pm and have plans to see all three of them again tomorrow morning.  Crystal owns and runs Aunt Mary’s Restaurant here in Rockford so we’re going to go there in the morning for breakfast.

Fred & Ginger sharing Hans' sandwich.

Fred & Ginger sharing Hans’ sandwich.

I had a very pleasant surprise today when I got a couple of pictures via text message from one of the guys in the oil patch.  It was pictures of Fred and Ginger…doing well and being as lovable as ever!  Fred is doing well and doesn’t even have a limp!

We have really poor internet & cell service at this campground (we’re currently at a Walmart using our Mifi) so don’t worry if you don’t hear much from us over the next week.

 

 

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