2014 Midwest USA Redux travel blog

Two Rivers, WI - Village Inn RV Park - site 19

Two Rivers, WI - Village Inn RV Park - site 19, another...

Two Rivers, WI - Village Inn RV Park - site 19 -...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 0 - our route - 232...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 1 - more construction but luckily...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 2 - the NB bridge just...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 3 - headed up I-294 now,...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 4 - and pay again

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 5 - Jet Blue coming into...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 6 - and pay again! You...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 7 - past I-294 and on...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 8 - Pretty overpass fencing

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 9

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 10 - going around Milwaukee now

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 11 - beautiful old cathedral near...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 12 - dowtown Milwaukee

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 13 - some more pretty spires

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 14 - the Wisconsin countryside is...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 15 - The Country's Tallest Symbol...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 16 - some beautiful homes in...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 17 - and lots of Red...

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 18 - downtown Two Rivers, WI

Bourbonnaise, IL to Two Rivers, WI 19

Flying Pig Trip 0 - our route - 104 miles

Flying Pig Trip 1 - a quilting square on one of the...

Flying Pig Trip 2 - downtown Kewaunee, WI - population 2,942

Flying Pig Trip 3

Flying Pig Trip 4 - downtown Algoma, WI - population 3,148

Flying Pig Trip 5

Flying Pig Trip 6

Flying Pig Trip 7 - the Lake Michigan beach at Algoma

Flying Pig Trip 8 - the store itself

Flying Pig Trip 9

Flying Pig Trip 10 - one of the painted fence panels

Flying Pig Trip 11 - another one

Flying Pig Trip 12 - an unusual beetle

Flying Pig Trip 13 - a dragon with a flying pig

Flying Pig Trip 14

Flying Pig Trip 15 - notice the dragonfly in the pond

Flying Pig Trip 16

Flying Pig Trip 17 - a little topiary work out front

Flying Pig Trip 18 - this one took a little work, even...

Flying Pig Trip 19 - a spinner made out of tablespoons

Flying Pig Trip 20 - beautiful glasswork was also in abundance

Flying Pig Trip 21 - a harp in the garden

Flying Pig Trip 22 - a topiary unicorn with glass horn

Flying Pig Trip 23 - a knight about five feet tall

Flying Pig Trip 24 - a dragonfly made with a golf club...

Flying Pig Trip 25

Flying Pig Trip 26 - A small herd of Elk apparently being...

Flying Pig Trip 27 - Notice they have tags just like cattle...

Flying Pig Trip 28 - There were two more in another area,...

Flying Pig Trip 29 - The butter making and packing room at...

Flying Pig Trip 30 - the output of the churn is put...

Flying Pig Trip 31 - The Bernard Schwartz House designed by Frank...

Flying Pig Trip 32 - where we had a great lunch in...


It took almost five hours to drive the 232 miles from Kankakee River State Park, IL to Two Rivers, WI. That included a stop at a turnpike oasis to get another I-Pass transponder that would be compatible with the EZ-Pass system for the Mothership pulling Libby. I had ordered an I-Pass transponder before we left and it is good for any vehicle we drive in Illinois but to be compatible with the EZ-Pass system required us to get a "blue" transponder that is to be used for vehicles with trailers or over two axles. We have four axles when pulling Libby. I wanted an I-Pass system as Illinois doesn't charge any monthly maintenance fees and that is critical to us as we rarely use turnpikes on the I-Pass or EZ-Pass system. We had an EZ-Pass transponder from Maryland a couple of years ago but I had to cancel it as they charge 1.50 per month maintenance fee. We are now set up for most places we could encounter a turnpike except Florida and the West Coast. We also gave the Mothership another drink just before arriving in Two Rivers.

As we passed through Sheboygan, WI we saw the Tallest Symbol of Freedom which is pretty awesome. More information in its construction and facts are available here and here. This fourth attempt at constructing a lasting pole is very interesting.

We are staying at the Village INN RV Park just south of Two Rivers and juts across the street from Lake Michigan. We paid a little extra so we could have a lake-front view and it is a beautiful view later in the day. It stays foggy over the lake until early afternoon. We have a full hookup, 50 amp, pull-through site that is pretty close on both sides. They are nice sites with portable fire pits and nice picnic tables and well landscaped. There are small maple trees around that portend trouble for the satellite once they get more established. Satellite was easy right now from the roof antenna. Verizon reception is real spotty. Sometimes we get three or four bars and other times nothing!! It seems to be more a problem with data and texting than with phone service for some reason. Luckily they have pretty good WiFi here so that helps. The weather has been great with the highs in the 60s the three days we have been here.

Friday we made a trip of a little over 100 miles going up to The Flying Pig which is just below Algoma, WI up in a peninsula sticking out into Lake Michigan. The Flying Pig is just full of unique garden objects made by various artists and available for purchase. We also stopped at the Pine River Dairy to pick up some local cheese and see how they made butter. You couldn't see much about the butter making but we could see the wrapping machine which was very fast at making a one-pound cube of butter and then wrapping it in the paper they use for wrapping butter. We also managed to see some elk that looked like they were being raised just like they were cattle. After we got back into Two Rivers, we stopped by the Bernard Schwartz House which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1938 and is one of his few homes that can be rented. This one is also known as Still Bend and you can stay there for a measly $395 a night for six people - $50 each person over that.

Tomorrow we head on our last leg up to Ishpeming, MI in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We plan on staying there for ten nights and just enjoying the cooler temps and doing a little sightseeing as well.

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