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We hauled it across Illinois, stopping for food and fuel and one very important ice cream break. ;) We didn't have time for much else as we needed to reach Courtney's house in Dubuque by nightfall. We didn't want to have to get another hotel (money that could be put towards vital records) or post-pone our plans for the next morning. Our mom would be driving down from Wisconsin the next morning to join us for the third and final day of the great genealogy road trip of 2012.
As we drove, we chatted about how much we had accomplished in the past two days. My trip planning may have seemed a bit lofty to most, but Courtney and I are well-worn road trippers and we were confident that we could do it without issue. Which, we did (not that I'm bragging or anything). :D
When we rolled in to Dubuque later that evening we headed straight Target. I'm not even joking here, lol. One of our aunts, a cousin and her daughter happened to be in town and were shopping there, so we just had to stop in and say hi. Our visit quickly turned in to an enjoyable dinner and some much needed catching-up.
After dinner, we made our way to Courtney's house. She had recently moved to Iowa and I had yet to visit her, so it was nice to see where she was living these days. Not ones to waste the last minutes of daylight, Courtney drove me around town showing me where she was working and where her and her friends hung out. I hadn't been to Dubuque in years, so I enjoyed the trip down memory lane.