Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wandering in Wisconsin...

After an enjoyable stay in Chicago, it was time to head up to Wisconsin.

It was a perfect day to ride. It was a bit overcast and not too hot. It was going to be a relaxing day.

As you would expect, when you drive down Wisconsin's country roads, you see a lot of beautiful farm land.

And farms...

There is something really comforting about seeing rolling green hills for as far as the eye can see.

Today we were going to drive around Lake Geneva, WI. Oddly enough, the sixth grade summer camp I went to is on Lake Geneva. I was really looking forward to seeing it again, but there weren't a lot of places to actually see it. The lake is surrounded by properties, so we had to settle for these brief glimses of its sparkling waters.

We did stop for a tasty lunch at Harpoon Willies in Williams Bay, WI. If we can't see much of the lake, at least I can get a tasty burger!

Then back to our jaunt around the lake...

It didn't take very long to get here, so we decided to head into Milwaukee to see the Harley Davidson plant.

Well we found it... kinda. It turns out that the Harley Plant we went to is no longer a Harley factory. Its now offices for the company, so there was nothing for us to see. I guess we'll just head North to Appleton to see Paul's niece, Stephanie.

But first, another trip into the urban blight of Milwaukee. Larry and I have decided that we won't let Paul navigate in cities any more. Its just too scary!

Other than a homeless guy with a bedroll and a bizarre love of passing ambulances, we escape Milwaukee unharmed. So we head North.

We arrive in Appleton, Wisconsin, check into the Hampton Inn, and wait for Stephanie to arrive.

Stephanie arrives and we head off to dinner. Stephanie's husband Dan can't join us, since he's off playing golf, but we have a wonderful time having dinner without him. Then he does head over, but goes to the wrong brew pub. Appleton has to be a pretty cool place if there are so many brew pubs that you can go to the wrong one!

Shortly after dessert, Dan arrives. Dan is as nice and friendly as his wife, and so we all end up talking for awhile. All and all, it's been a good day!

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