Friday, September 23, 2016

I'm really glad to have this day off from riding.  Not only do my legs appreciate the rest but it is another 100 degree day and is better enjoyed inside air-conditioned buildings.  However, before we went inside, we had to take a riverboat ride and stroll around Hannibal a bit.

Below is the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse.  It is not a functioning lighthouse.  It is a memorial first built on the site on his 100th birthday.  After it was destroyed by a storm in 1960, it was rebuilt in 1963. It sits on 10 acres of park atop Cardiff Hill, a favorite play area of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and the gang

Approaching and passing Jackson Island

Our boat's profile on the muddy Mississippi
Historic Hannibal

There are many buildings and locations commemorated for their significance in his stories.  This was my favorite.
After walking around in the heat, this was the perfect end to our Hannibal experience before returning to our hotel room to finish the leftovers from last night's dinner.  Tomorrow will be a short day.  There are not a lot of available places to stay on the way to St. Louis

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