I live reasonably close to the Great River Trail or whatever it is along the Mississippi River, but never rode it for whatever reason (since I have to drive to get to it maybe?) Finally did it. Did 64 miles out and back. It's mostly paved path from Albany to Rock Island. From Albany to the Moline border, I passed very few people, so I could ride as fast as I wanted.
A small tow and river boat near Port Byron/LeClaire:
View of the "river bend" from Rapids City:
Dam at LeClaire
I've not seen this stencil before, looks uncomfortable to me:
Approaching the I-74 bridge:
It's getting late and I'm just turning around to head back and see my shadow, uh oh!
The Channel Cat river shuttle and the I-74 bridge: