Galena to New Glarus

Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
Trip End Sep 30, 2012

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

We got up at 7:00 and Derek arrived shortly before 8:00.  We were gone before 8:00.  Larry drove and Derek rode shotgun.  They navigated and I had the back seat to myself.  We went across country until we got to route 30.  We took our old route thorugh Ada.  We used this route when we used to head west to Wisconsin and Minnesota.  We took the bypass around Fort Wayne and then rejoined 30 on the west side.  We drove until we got to Valparaiso where we stopped at Wendy's for lunch.  No food report there, the usual fast food.  Then we filled the tank and headed west again.  We decided to go around Chicago by staying south and using a new road that headed north just west of Chicago.  So we went by way of Rockford.  We finally got off of four lane roads just south of Wisconsin.  The landscape changed as we headed north.  It became more and more rolling and more and more trees are changing.  We stopped in Monroe, the first city in Wisconsin, at the Swiss Colony Outlet Store.  They had all kinds of things from food to kitchen stuff and furniture and household decor.  We got white cheese curds and  garlic and dill cheese curds.  Derek got a jalepena beef sausage.  We also got a box of garlic and herb crackers. 

We got into New Glarus about 10 minutes later.  New Glarus was settled by Swiss imigrants in the early 1800s.  A lot of the buildings are built in the Swiss Chalet style that we saw in Bavaria and Austria.  We pulled into the Chalet Landhaus Inn and got our room on the 4th floor.  The elevator only went to the 3rd floor.  We really have two rooms.  One has the bathroom and two double beds and the other has another double bed.  So I got my own room because I snore.  Right out the back door is the Sugar River Trail which goes into town.  We walked into town and found the old train station.  Then we walked around town to see the Swiss architecture.  Many of the businesses had German names on them and many of them had a decorated cow out in front.  There is a beautiful Swiss United Church in the middle of town. 

When we had stretched our legs enough we went to the Glarner Stube for supper.   We started with drinks:  New Glarus Spotted Cow beer for Larry and Derek and a glass of Reisling for me.  Later they had Moon Man by New Glarus.  They loved both of them.  I had a sip of the Spotted Cow and it was pretty good, for beer.  Next we ordered beer battered, deep fried cheddar cheese curds.  To die for!   Larry had Schubig which was a sausage.  Derek had Weiner Schnitzel (breaded pork steak), and I had Geschnetzelets, Stube Style.  This was Veal tips in a white wine, cream, and mushroom sauce, very tasty.  They all came with homemade bread, soup or salad, broccoli, and roesti (pronounced roosh-tea) which are fried potatoes. When the Roesti came it was served family style for sharing: It was the size of a dinner plate, and one inch thick. It was fixed like Kaezespaetzle with butter, onions and swiss cheese. Wow!  Needless to say, we couldn't eat everything.  

We walked back to the Inn and then took a walk on the Sugar River Trail in the other direction out of town.  It was 7:30 and almost dark but it was clear and there was a little more than a half moon.  So we took a walk for about 3/4 of a mile and then turned around and came back. On the way out we could see cows in the fields but by the time we returned we could see the big dipper and a lot of other stars in the sky. We could also see our moon shadows on the trail.   When we got back we skyped Erin, I wrote the blog and we went to bed.
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