Summer 2017 - Great Lakes travel blog

Miller Park

City Hall

Interior of City Hall

Sue and Fonzie on the Riverfront

Italian Villa Museum on Lakefront

Alley Art Work

Art Museum

Interior of Art Museum

Chihully at the Art Museum

Trail Portion of Race

Last Part of Race

Touring the River

Finished

Draw Bridge

Open Air Market


It was an easy drive on Monday south about a hundred miles to the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds RV Park just north of Milwaukee. It's basically a parking lot. But, we have a wide space with 50-amp full hookup, clear satellite, and good wifi. The location is great!

The Hank Aaron State Trail is right next door and provides about ten miles of blacktopped bike trail. While we only used about three miles of the trail, it was nice to have it here. On Wednesday, I used the trail for a two-mile bike ride to Miller Park for the Brewers vs. Cardinals ball game. It was a pleasant afternoon with the exceptions that entry to the park was very slow due to security checks and my team lost.

There was a concert in a park in Tosa on Thursday. We took Annie along, went to the park, bought some food, and settled in for about 15 minutes of music. That’s when the thunderstorm rolled in and put an end to that activity.

On Friday, we made the short drive into Milwaukee to take the Untapped Tour. That turned out to be much better than we had hoped. It was a small (14 person) group in a bus that fit that size. Our tour guide and owner was Mike. We learned a lot from Mike, who was very well versed about the city. The tour included a stop at Lakefront Brewery (where we got a free root beer) and the interesting architecture of the Art Museum. We were impressed with the recovery that Milwaukee has made with many repurposed former brewing and manufacturing structures. The lake front of the city is almost all park land and provides great recreational opportunities.

Saturday was the open-air market in the Third Ward next door to the Milwaukee Public Market. A wide street is closed off for three blocks and parking is replaced by lots of tents selling arts and crafts. While that is not my cup of tea, we managed a nice lunch, looked at all the stalls, and Sue copped a nice ice cream cone in the Public Market.

In addition to our visit to the open-air market on Saturday we drove to a local running store to pick up my packet for the Sunday half marathon and then drove over to the starting area to scope out the race course. I was up at 4:30 on Sunday morning and made the twenty-minute drive to the start area for the race. The start time for the half was 7:00 and that saved the day. A later start would have made the 80 plus degree and sunny weather a real problem. As it was the only tough part was the last three-mile section that was in the sun and hilly. I managed to finish second (and last) in my age group and had some pancakes after the run.

Today we took the boat tour that runs on the Milwaukee River and in and around the harbor. While not as informative as Untapped Tours, it was a pleasant tour and a nice addendum to the bus tour.

Tomorrow we are heading toward metro Chicago. Our usual stop there is Martin’s Campground in Joliet. But word is that Martin’s is deteriorating a phone call to them revealed that they would only have water and electric sites available. So, we will be travelling further south to the KOA in Kankakee.

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