Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day cont.

Today we continued the festivities by attending Pioneer Days at Scott County Park. We were all looking forward to the neat petting zoo and pony rides they have each year. We were all disappointed to find out they thought it was going to rain today and didn't show up!!! Oh well, ya win some ya lose some :) 2nd best thing... horse drawn wagon rides. We stood in a LONG line and waited and waited and waited... next up... US! Just in time for the farmer to come over and say his horses were getting too tired and they weren't going to be giving any more rides. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Hallie & Reese were able to go and pet them for just a second, so I guess that worked for today. I think we were all ready for a drink after that second disappointment...Off to the saloon for some Sioux City Sarsaparilla (Root Beer). We toured all around the pioneer village, ate some very yummy fresh made kettle corn and "blew that pop stand"!

Next up, The Quad City Criterium Bike Race....
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This was really neat to watch! I had never been to this before but evidently this is the 40-some odd year they have been doing it in Rock Island. So here is the low down... 107 racers ride SUPER close to one another through the downtown area, a 3/4 mile course for 50 laps. During this race 3 of the laps are sprint races and the winners get points= money. They have a "pit" for wheel changes and all that. People line the fences and cheer them on as they FLY by at 35+ MPH. 20 states were represented in the race. They had one "crash"... makes me so nervous!! Several bikers were pretty banged up, and scratched up, bikes damaged... but most racers were able to get right back into the race. If you ever have the chance to watch one of these races in person... GO!! It was an exciting event! The winner was from the Texas Roadhouse team... hmmmm, speaking of Texas Roadhouse, what's for supper?
Texas Roadhouse here we come!!

3 friends had to say...:

tricia said...

From the looks of all the smiles the day wasn't a loss. Everyone looks like they're having a great time!!

Amy said...

Even with a few disappointments, it looks like you had a great Memorial Day weekend!

Sara said...

What a bummer about the petting zoo and the horse rides. It looks like you were able to find some fun for the day!