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
. 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.