And next? We're thinking Wisconsin.
Wisconsin it was! A very nice ride thru Iowa via Dubuque all off Interstates was rudely interrupted by the new tire pressure monitor (TPMS) going off warning that the left front tire had suddenly dropped to 29psi.
It didn't feel like the tire was down, the steering felt normal and the coach wasn't down on that side. Luckily we were just coming up to the Wisconsin State Line and stopped at the Tourist Information to investigate. I got out my tire pressure gauge and it confirmed my suspicion that the tire was fine. I had a spare battery for the sensor and when I replaced the old one it instantly stopped alarming and showed the same as the other from tire. If I ever bought another TPMS it wouldn't be made by Tire Minder! It's been a pain in the butt ever since we bought it.
started getting a sore throat. Soon after that she started sneezing then
coughing. It rapidly became a hacking cough. Luckily we only had 150
miles to go for the day and found a very nice Good Sam park in
Baraboo WI at the Ho-Chunk Casino. We decided to stay 6 nights to
let her get over the cold and to explore the Wisconsin Dells area.
|Barbara's bear behind shot at the Ho-Chunk Casino|
|Ringling Brothers Circus Museum|
|24 carat gold leaf covered wagon|
|At the circus, riding a 25' tall unicycle!!|
|All the fun of the circus.|
The tour lasted an hour and was fascinating because the house was in the process of restoration after serving for 75 years as the main lodge. The Elks had saved the structure from demolition and hadn't destroyed the interior. They have recently sold the mansion to a young couple who are restoring it and have discovering amazing stuff like a 24 carat gold leafed ceilings hidden by modern drop ceilings in the ballroom!
|The Al Ringling Mansion, now the Elks Lodge|
|Beautiful interior under restoration.|
Sheri and her husband David live an hour or so from the Dells.
|Wisconsin Dells tour boat.|
|The Wisconsin River|
|The Dells get their name from the French word for Layers, from the layered rock formations|
|Can you see all the faces that I see??|
We needed to go shopping and we'd seen a supermarket called Festival on the way into town. We pulled into the parking lot, as we walked into the store we noticed a HUGE liquor store that was part of the market but separate from it. As we explored the beer section the door to the big walk in cooler opened and out walked Sheri!! She was so surprised she couldn't speak. Later on over dinner we devised another surprise for her brother Jason. We called him from my phone but when he answered Sheri started talking! It was hilarious, We had a great night together catching up on their news and the farm they have bought and started renovating.
|Barbara, me and Sheri in the liquor store. SURPRISE!|
|Me, David, Sheri and Barbara out for dinner.|