Friday, July 31, 2009

Door County, Wisconsin

Off to a rocky start in Wisconsin - this ==>>
is our new refrigerator! Ours bit the dust and must be replaced so we are improvising while a new one is shipped to Green Bay for us. So we feel like we are really camping now! The nice RV park people where we are staying this week are keeping all our freezer stuff in their freezer for us.

We had a great day today exploring Door County, the "thumb" of Wisconsin, sticking out into Lake Michigan.

Goats atop the Swiss restaurant in Sister Bay, Door County

View of Nicolet Bay from the 9 mile bike trail through Peninsula State Park

Gregg wanted to ride right into Lake Michigan...

Eagle Harbor in Ephraim, Door County.

The building, a store, was built in 1858. This dock served as the transportation center for this area.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Off to Wisconsin...

Tomorrow morning we'll finally drag ourselves out of Minnesota and head into Wisconsin. We've had a grand time here, wonderful, cool weather, good biking, beautiful lake shores, fun with friends & family.

Today is our 100th day on the road and we haven't even begun to get tired of this. We've traveled only 5,507 miles so the pace is really nice, not too hard on the driver or the navigator. We've found lots of places we've enjoyed settling into for 4-7 days, then get our itch to move on again. Someone today called us "migratory" and I thought that a pretty good name for us. Not quite nomads or gypsies or just wanderers. Migratory...we'll definitely not be in MN this winter!

We keep finding fun things to do. Went on a factory tour at Cirrus today and saw how they build these beautiful little airplanes. Went back to a favorite restaurant - Hell's Kitchen. Climbed a 97 step tower on top of a ridge to look down on the marina where we've been staying on the amazing Lake Superior. This lake contains about 3 quadrillion gallons of water with an average water temperature of 40 degrees, as deep as 1,276 feet, average depth of 489 feet. It's about 1,300 miles to drive around the lake with a surface area of about 31,700 square miles. It is ENORMOUS, the largest freshwater lake in the world, and it freezes in the winter. This just amazes me, that it can freeze. Usually not the entire lake, but it has been recorded twice in written weather history that the entire lake has frozen. Imagine that! 31,700 square miles!

The Hell's Angels are due here in town tomorrow so we will be moving on... Not room enough for all of us migratory people in the same place!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

By the shores of Gitchee Gumee, the shining big sea waters...Lake Superior

We are in heaven...Duluth, MN. We're parked in a marina with water and boats on all sides of us. Weather's perfect, biking is great, fabulous restaurants, lots of shops to explore, a live concert right across the bay from us that went on all evening. We're having trouble tearing ourselves away from this place!