Linda was up at 6:00 this morning. What's up with that? :)
We planned to get an early start for our 205-mile drive to Rockford, IL west of Chicago. While Linda got the inside ready to go, I went to get some ice for the cooler - our temporary refrigerator.
It was about 8:30 when we got on I-94 heading east. We made a couple of brief stops along the way. Going around Madison, we followed I-39 and I-90 south into Illinois. We paid one small toll before we let the I-90 toll road continue on to Chicago while we continued on I-39 exiting onto U.S. 20 south of Rockford.
We ended up at the very quiet Blackhawk Valley Campground on the Kishwaukee River. We found this campground on the Passport America website. Althought he Passport America discount is only good Sunday through Thursday, we decided it was a good, convenient place to stop for tonight and tomorrow night.
The campground has mostly seasonal sites, but there were a half dozen or so sites available when we arrived (we had called earlier just to be sure). There were a few water/electric pull-through sites that we checked out, but we preferred a full hook-up back-in site - Site 90 - that was out in the open. Fortunately, it was available and we got it.
These four sites with no trees are quite well spaced and our is on the end so there is no one on our door side.
We got set up quickly. I sent the dish up and we got locked on to both the TV and internet satellite. However, we weren't getting locked on to the internet.
It turns out our satellite internet modem was de-commissioned. The satellite service provider, HughesNet, was no longer going to support our model of modem which we got in 2006. Therefore I had to order a new modem. Well, I had the new modem shipped to Kentucky.
What I didn't know was that they commissioned the new modem so I could just plug it in when we get it. That meant they had to de-commission our current modem. Sheesh. Hopefully, we won't need the satellite internet over the next ten days.
And we almost need it here. Surprisingly, being this close to Chicago and an interstate, there is very weak cell service here at Blackhawk Valley. Fortunately, with our Wilson Trucker Antenna and Wilson Sleek 4G-V booster, we're pulling in a pretty good signal for our phones and internet. Without the boosting, we'd be out of luck.
We settled in and just relaxed for awhile before deciding to go out for an early dinner. When I mentioned the Spider Sushi Bar wasn't too far away, Linda was ready to go. :)
We had the Sea Horse appetizer - shrimp stuffed with cream cheese, rolled in coconut, lightly battered and fried and served with tempura green beans. Nice.
Then we had the Chef's Choice Sushi Dinner - great variety and freshness.
After our somewhat healthy dinner, we had to offset it with a trip to Baskin Robbins. :)
Back home, Linda decided to take advantage of the laundry facilities at the campground. While she was there, she ran into Paul. Unbeknownst to us, Paul & Penny who we've known several years and who are relatively new full-timers, have a seasonal site here.
Paul came to the rig and we chatted a little while. He told me that the river running next to the campground is prime Smallmouth Bass fishing water.
After Paul departed, I took my basketball up to the court and shot around just enough to get a little sweat going. My breathing continues to improve.
A young fella who will be a freshman in high school this year joined me. We shot and rebounded for each other. As bad as I wanted to play a little one-on-one, I don't think I'm quite ready for that. Instead, since he is going to be trying out for his high school basketball team, I did a little coaching. By dark, he was shooting with better technique and perhaps we improved his chances a little.
After Linda finished laundry and talked with Penny awhile, we both returned to the rig about the same time. After our showers, we didn't stay up much longer.
This campground is really quiet, and a nice place to chill out for a couple of days. Of course, Rockford is the home of the Rockford Peaches, one of two teams that played every year in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943 - 1954. The league was the subject of one of my favorite movies "A League Of Their Own", and the Rockford Peaches were the main team in the movie. :)
Well, that was about it for today. Tomorrow, we have some visitors coming by and we'll just have another relaxing day. :)