I got the order of this trip blog reversed and the end is on top! After cruising Indiana and Illinois we crossed into Iowa and drove north on part of the great river road that we had not done before. This short stretch is gravel. I believed MS streets and trips and got on a dead end with a steep hill to get back out of. Was glad to get back up as the tires were at their traction limit. We got back home the next day. 2661 miles and $679 for gas. For nine nights and what we saw I think it was a bargain!