|Somewhere in Minnesota|
Wykoff, MN, Iowa and Wisconsin . . .
Very cold and windy weather followed us thru Minnesota. We overnighted in Austin, MN at a Walmart parking lot. Found a back corner that didn't have too much wind and hunkered down for the night as the winds and rain pounded us. The next day was a little better weather wise, but still rough. Guy wanted to take a side trip to Wykoff, MN to see the town named after an ancestor of his. The man was a surveyor, but we were unable to find any Wykoff's in the cemetery. I believe the town was settled by Germans as most of the names looked like German names.
|Water Tower in Wykoff, MN|
|The old Wykoff Jail|
|Downtown Wykoff Church|
|Cemetery in Wykoff|
|Amish buggy outside of Wykoff, MN|
|Iowa Farm barn quilt|
|Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien|
|Wisconsin Dells Farmland|
Chicago - never again . . .
We could have taken the long way around Chicago to get to Michigan, but instead decided to go right thru the heart of Chicago. Big mistake! We drove through rush hour traffic taking about three hours. This is worse than Atlanta. At least Atlanta is in the South and the people are halfway nice. Up here they go out of their way to run you over. We missed a turn and the GPS rerouted us through some of the worst back streets you could imagine. You could see cars stopping on the side exchanging drugs and money. The cops walk in groups of 4 and 5. Sorry to folks living in the Chicago area, but I won't be returning any time soon, probably NEVER.
|I-90 rush hour thru Chicago|
|Local train transportation thru Chicago|
|Downtown Chicago Skyline|
Tour around Lake Michigan area . . .
|A nuclear reactor|
|Unusual looking structure along the railroad track|
|Lovely little cottage near the coastline|
|New Buffalo, MI, a little community with their own boat dock|
It had been many years since I had been thru Indiana. While this completed our tour of 48 continental states with our RV, we still had a couple more states to go thru before getting home. Although we had been thru Kentucky, we had never seen Louisville. And what a beautiful skyline as we passed over the Ohio River.
|Ohio River in Louisville, KY|
And a stop in Berea was in store where we saw the Daniel Boone Inn and various roadside craft cottages.
|Daniel Boone Inn|
|A local craft cabin in Berea, KY|
|The Museum of Appalachia|
We were getting tired and longing for the peaceful sight of our little mountain home - at least I was. When we set out on this journey we had the intention of completing a pass thru every state - an adventure we started over a couple of years ago. Personally, I would rather take it slower and spend a week to 2 weeks in each state and after having traveled in this fashion, we plan on taking it easier and relaxing as we travel from here on out.
|Museum of Appalachia outbuildings|
|Museum of Appalachia Goats|
|I-40 thru the Smokies|
|Looking toward home|
|Almost home - you can see our mountain top in the distance!|