John and I are waiting on some tires for our motorhome to come in from Kansas, otherwise we certainly would have been out of Missouri by now. This past week we have had a couple of nights where the temperatures dropped below freezing. It is time for us to head south, which we will do after we get our new wheels. We just heard that the tires have arrived and plan to have them installed tomorrow. Usually we make a trip over into Calhoun County of Illinois during late August or early September to pick up peaches and apples. So it did seem a bit strange for us to make a trip over there after the harvest season. We did not quite know what we were going to do when we got there, but figured that at least the drive over there and up the River Road should be enjoyable. Our first stop was in the small town of Elsah. It is hard to think of Elsah as once being a bustling river town of the nineteenth century. Farmers from the surrounding areas would come into town for their wheat to be milled and shipped out on either barges or on the two railroads which once served this town. There were also hotels, stores and restaurants. Speaking of the latter, many years ago we liked to visit Elsah just to eat at a certain restaurant/bakery ( it is not there anymore). They sure had some delicious pies! Now the town is just a bedroom community, with one inn as well as a couple of bed and breakfast establishments. Population is around 673 people. On Monday our first stop along the River Road was in Elsah. We started out thinking we would just take a look at the Methodist church, but then decided it would be interesting to take a closer look at some of the town's older homes Some of them date back to the time when the town was first established, which was 1856.