Friday, August 17, 2007


We rented bikes for a quick morning ride along the trails. You get to see a lot of stuff they you couldn't see if you drove down the streets. We rode for about 2 hours. After dropping off the bikes we headed down the road in the truck to see other sites. Back at the hotel we took our tour of the Pavillion. It's a really nice spot, but there isn't that much to see. We shopped a little at the John Deere store and then headed off to the Antique shop down the street. Very cool old tractors to be seen there. We had ourselves a nice lunch buffet at Bad Boyz Pizza. I picked this one piece of pizza up thinking it was covered with peppers and sausage but it was actually a cheeseburger pizza. It was SOOO good! It seemed a little weird, but they cooked the burger on a grill and then chopped it up on the pizza, loaded it with cheeses, mustard, pickles and bacon. Really a taste treat. YUMM

We did a little more exploring (which included a stop at a Scrapbook store that I happened to find two blocks away from the hotel) and took a drive out to the World Headquarters for John Deere which had more tractors in their buildings and a really cool display of antiques from the period between 1837 and 1860. I loved how they had it displayed....very scrapbooky.

Since Saturday was the 10th Anniversary of the Pavillions opening we decided to stick around for a little while to check out the festivities. We watched the blacksmith from the Grand Detour location work. He was very good at working the crowd. I got to play with some little animals in the petting zoo. The little piggies were so darn cute.
A lovely storm blew in and we decided to head for Chicago....I guess it rained all day there....good thing we left.

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