2014 Great Circle Tour travel blog

Today's route

Road out of Top O the Morn Campground has a little fog

Porsche Cayenne passing Winnie in the rain

Packer QB passing a beer keg - What else would he pass...

Fog across US 2 along Lake Superior caused by warm air over...

Giant large mouth bass in Ashland, WI

More fog and some left over snow along US 2

World's largest corkscrew in Hurley, WI

Bada Bing Club in Hurley - Notice skeleton Santa (?)

Huey Cobra at a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Hurley

M-60 tank at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

World's third largest loon in Mercer, WI

Winnie at lunch next to Veterans Memorial in Mercer

World's largest "penny" in Woodruff, WI - City collected 1.7 million to...

Winnie at Patricia Lake RV Park & Campground

Patricia Lake at sunset

Our plan today was to visit the Apostle Islands National Shoreline near Bayfield, WI. The weather forced a change. It was raining when we left and continued intermittently as we drove. The forecast predicted rain the rest of the day and this evening so we decided to forego Apostle Islands. It didn’t make sense to go and try to scramble over wet rocks, snow and ice along the shore. I’m going to add it to a later trip this year which will take us Minnesota.

Sue saw a brochure for a cheese shop in Benoit which was on our route today so we stopped. After some cheese tasting and about $50 we had a bag of cheese curds, 2 lbs of craft cheeses, and some more olives. You can’t come to Wisconsin and not buy some local cheeses. We haven’t eaten any of the cheese yet. I’m looking forward to cheese and a beer or some wine.

As we drove into Ashland, WI along Lake Superior, a fog poured across US 2 as a result of the warmer damp air blowing across the ice that’s still on the lake. Fortunately the fog only extended about a mile or 2 before it cleared. After passing through the fog, we made our second stop at the River Rock Inn & Bait to buy some smoked fish. We got some salmon and whitefish.

We finally left US 2 in Hurley, WI and started heading south on US 51. This route through the North Country was rich in roadside attractions. We found a scrap steel Green Bay Packer throwing a beer keg, a giant Large Mouth Bass, the 3rd largest loon in the world, a giant penny among others I posted pictures of. Since we got a late start this morning, we only got as far as Minocqua, WI. We spent some time here in 2009 when we visited our friends, Mary and Ken, from Schaumburg, IL at their house on Lake Catherine. We pulled into Patricia Lake Campground & RV Park for the night. It’s another family run campground and we had some time to sit down and talk to the owners for a little while. When we were in the area in 2009, lake levels were really low because of a 7 year drought. After several years of decent winter snowfall, it appears that levels are back up to normal levels.

We’re headed to Schaumburg, IL where I will leave Winnie and Sue for about a week while I fly to Syracuse, NY for some work. We should be in Illinois Friday evening or Saturday morning. Winnie will get a rest and a windshield replacement. I’m so glad we didn’t get it done why we were in Washington because the new crack from a stone strike is about 18 in long. I just hope it doesn’t fall in my lap before we get to Schaumburg.

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