No schedule posting today, but you can find the schedule I've been posting from here. Instead, today's post is dedicated to images from this morning's events.
At 7:30 the Taming of the Slough: Mississippi River Adventure Race started off with participants paddling 1 mile in kayaks or canoes.After they returned to their starting docks near the QC Rowing Club boathouse, the rowers either jumped on mountain bikes themselves, or handed off to their biking relay partners. The cyclists than rode down the riverfront path to Sylvan Island, where they had to do 3 laps around a tough off-road course for a total of 6 miles biked. After finishing this, they traded bikes for running shoes and set off on a 2 mile run into downtown Moline and the finish line.Even while this was going on, huge crowds were turning downtown Rock Island into a chaotic traffic jam of railfans, families, and surprised passers-by. People were stopping their cars in the middle of 1st Avenue and jumping out in the middle of the street. All 3 steam engines were coupled together at the front of the Milwaukee 261's passenger train. It was really something to see, and it left me hoping that we could have some sort of permanent or semi-permanent steam engine presence in the Quad Cities. The cars seemed pretty packed with passengers, and the streets were definitely packed with gawkers, including myself.Considering that all this happened before 9:30 in the morning, this should be quite a weekend.