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The Lansing Journal journeys: The Great River Road


submitted by Rich Schaeffer

Human Relations Commissioner Rich Schaeffer took The Lansing Journal on his motorcycle trip along the Great River Road, a collection of roads that follow the course of the Mississippi River through 10 states—Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Along the way he snapped a few photos:

Metropolis, Illinois, is home to Superman. (Photo taken by a couple from southern Indiana)
Still on the Great River Road, Schaeffer stopped at the Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi, for a photo near the Illinois State Memorial, which is one of the 1,325 historic monuments and markers in the park. The photo was taken by Kala Bates on 9-11; she is a Vicksburg resident running 111-steps to honor Patriots Day. “We swapped photo ops,” said Rich.
The Blues Highway in Clarksdale, Mississippi. “Sorry I’m not in the picture,” said Rich, “but that’s my Iron Burro.” (Photo: Rich Schaeffer)

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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.