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A Big, Muddy Funicular (Pic Spam)

pilgham saw this bike out the front doors of the motel. He thought it was someone's lovingly restored WW II era baby. On getting up close enough for pictures I discovered it was a Ural. It is a Russian make but it was disappointing to find you can buy them all over the states. However, Ural is one of the few remaining manufacturers of sidecar bikes.

Fourth Street Elevator.
Riding the Fourth Street Elevator was the reason we went to Dubuque. $2.00 well spent; I've decided to collect funiculars!

The inside of the car is steps. I'm on the top step. P is at the bottom and Fourth Street is way below.

Just passed the other car.

Nifty as the elevator was, it took less than an hour to do it pretty thoroughly so after we went to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. It's not really much of an aquarium but they do have old boats you can tour.

One of them, the William M. Black, is a sort of B & B. I looked into it before we went but the lack of internet was a deal breaker for me.

The Black is a river dredge that went into service in 1934. Here's the laundry room...

The kitchen...

One of the B & B rooms, I presume.

Pilot house and P.

The museum also offers river tours that are supposed to be educational and stuff. We took one. Maybe it was because I was sitting over the engines but I didn't get much out of it education-wise. However, it was a gorgeous day to be on the river so totally worth it.

Julien Dubuque's grave site (the tower on the bluff).

Saturday afternoon but still quite a few tows on the river.

Another barge.

The Dubuque river front. The nearest buikding is the new conference center. Then comes a red brick building that was originally a brewery circa 1898. Lastly, the square tower is the shot tower, circa 1856. I enjoy the mismatched architecture.

Here's another from montreal:

Current Location: comfy chair
Mood: contentcontent
Tune: nada

*ignores Feni's making-a-joke voice*

Actually, that was Montreal Quebec. I had to go up there on business at the beginning of August.

As for Hell's Gate and Vancouver island, P just signed on so it's a done deal.

You should plan it around my trip. I'd like to go during the 2010 olympics.

Seeing you ... check
Being in Vancouver an environs in February instead of Chicago ... check
Being in an Olympic city during the Olympics ... What? Are you nuts?

Agreed. We're only a couple of hours away, and we're watching it on television!

I... didn't realize that the pic really was vive-le-canadien-Montreal; I thought you'd actually swung by the US city of the same name, which is also located on the Mississippi... which I just discovered existed!

Awesome! *does a little happy dance* No funiculars on Vancouver Island; we do, however, have a local adrenaline park where they stage an annual bungee-in-the-buff event. No charge for the intrepid, but they ding the spectators for charitable donations.