Wisconsin: Silos Are US

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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In Bob and Laurie's Driveway
What I did
The Usual Good Stuff...

Flag of United States  , Wisconsin
Monday, May 16, 2011

We took off out of Elkhart rather early this morning under a sunny, blue sky.  We gassed up Shorty and hit the corrugated Turnpike west.  The trip was pretty long, for us anyway.  We turned off at Gary, IN, intending to go west to avoid the traffic of Chicago.  We tried that for a while, ending up driving through several small towns at thirty miles an hour.  Not for us today.  We set the GPS for our destination, Mukwonago, Wisconsin.  she did a fine job guiding us right onto the Chicago Loop.  Man, it was a blast driving there, for me leastways.  Lynnie was a bit tense, but the Ozzie Chick handled it with pure finesse.  We got to see the skyline of the city and finally up fairly close.  I believe we saw the Sears Tower too.  I tried to take a shot of the city as we approached, but with the busyness of driving, it didn't work out and caused Lynnie to question my sanity.  Hoo Boy.  I won't go there.  

Before long we completed our "short course" in Illinois and were into Wisconsin.  I got one shot of the water tower in Pleasant Valley and that was it until this evening.  The area we traveled was dotted with silos.  Here there and everywhere a silo.  Kind of reminds me of the Ol' MacDonald song.  It's really green here and beautiful, but flat as a pancake, for sure.  

As we neared my nephew Bob's area, the highway was closed and the GPS had pooped out, battery wise.  The Hussey had taken over and tried numerous times to convince us to make a U Turn and take Highway 83, which happened to be closed due to construction.  We were fortunate to find a knowledgeable gent who led us to our destination.  Here in Wisconsin is the first area which we have encountered where the county roads are named alphabetically.  On the way, we drove on County Road EE, E, N and X.  I can only imagine eating alphabet soup and having dreams of traveling.  More or less.  

We got to Bob and Laurie's house about three thirty, having gained an hour by crossing into the Central Time Zone upon entering Illinois. We also got to see our grand-nephew, Andy who lives there too.  Later, Zach, another grand-nephew, showed up for dinner and to visit with us.  Bob arrived about an hour later, having driven from his work near Milwaukee.

I had the privilege of cooking my first Wisconsin Brats on the barbecue.  It's a brand new barbecue and Bob grudgingly allowed me to test-cook the new device.

The brats and the salads that Laurie provided were great!  We spent a lot of good time with the family visiting.  I took a few good shots, but, unfortunately, left my camera in the house.  I'll put them up tomorrow.

It's cool now, with a Frost Warning in the forecast. Nothing new for us. I think that some secretly attached a Cold-Seeking magnet to Shorty's chassis.  It should be sunny and fairly warm in the morning when we plan to travel with Bob and Laurie to Dorr county to explore a bit more.  
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