We're writing this from Starved Rock State Park after pushing 240 miles across Illinois in five days. We'll return to the nutrition-deprived Rock later, but first want to say a bit about how we got here.
The next day started in McDonough County, where we utilized the Chamber of Commerce's Historic Barn Tours brochure we had mailed to us last Spring. We routed ourselves past a half-dozen of the 3 dozen featured in the brochure, and are happy to share with you three that were our favorites: the Flack Barn (1900), the Redman Barn (1895) and the King Barn (1898). All three were in the cross-gable style that is apparently common here. Don't recall ever seeing it elsewhere.
We had mentioned to Michelle our challenging search for fresh veggies in this agricultural heartland, and when we showed up for breakfast we had a gourmet riot of them: a fresh zucchini, spinach and cheese omelet; grilled tomato with goat cheese; grilled fresh apple slices dusted with cinnamon sugar; crisp bacon; and a garnish of fresh dill and parsley. WOW!