I chose our route for speed as much as I did for cooler temperatures. The temperatures got a bit cooler as we headed north, but not by much. The route took us onto the Interstate a few times just to save some time, then dropped back onto the smaller and more scenic roads. I managed to get us on a nice road along the east side of the Mississippi River, from Prairie Du Chien to La Crosse in Wisconsin. Again, it was a "Red Ribbon" road in the old Rand McNally Atlas, and met that rating with us as well.
Almost every trip we take has us driving along or across the Mighty Mississippi River. It seems this trip is no different. We have been at the head waters in Itasca State Park where the Mississippi River is but a trickle and have seen it in all its glory in the Crescent City (New Orleans, LA). Our travels have taken us to St Louis when its banks were overflowing and to Hannibal, Missouri with the National Guard watching flood waters on the verge of evacuating the town. We have been on the banks of the Mississippi in Minneapolis, MN and Memphis, TN. And when we die our ashes will travel the full length of that great river.
The Mississippi River has a huge system of locks running the full length of the River. We stopped at one of the locks located at Lynxville, Wisconsin while travellling down scenic highway 35 on this last trip.
The Mississippi River is such a huge river, and it is always so lush around the banks no matter where we are along its vast length. The section we were travelling on this trip was filled with almost constant small islands of green.