On The Road – Finally!

Finally! We are on the road! After a mad dash to finish packing the bikes, we hit the road Friday at lunch time. It felt SO good to pull out on the highway and put some miles behind us. For the first 50 miles I was sure I left the coffee machine on, forgot to pay a bill, or left the garage door wide open. After the second 50, I didn’t care anymore. Let the house burn, the credit rating fall, or the tools get stolen – we were actually ON THE ROAD!

We put 300 miles behind us yesterday and camped the first night in a small town in Amish country, Wisconsin. I am so impressed with my boys! They drove 300 miles on the first day of their first real road trip, and they hardly noticed. Oh to be a teenager again…

When we woke up this morning, we ambled through some of the area’s rural country roads passing one Amish farm after another. I love driving through this area. We stare quizzically at these timeless farmers as they stare quizzically back at us. After a moment’s mutual pause, we all raise a hand in friendly greeting before we disappear around another bend.

After a quick stop at the local Amish General Store, we moved on to Amish Country’s polar opposite – Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is the the state capital and home to the University of Wisconsin. Both are on opposite ends of State Street with hardly a mile in between them. For a fairly large city (by Wisconsin standards), Madison is really unique. Whenever you find local coffee shops, street musicians, politicians on scooters, college kids cruising the street on a “peddling pub”, and victorian mansions happily coexisting in the same place – you know you are in a pretty unique place!

Let the adventure begin!

This is what I woke to the first morning.  The loudest thing I heard was birds rustling in the leaves and carp fighting near the shore.  Of course Riley had to go fishing, and within minutes he nearly broke his pole with the carp he had on the line.  Of course I missed it all because SOMEONE had to put he camping gear away.

This is what I woke to the first morning. The loudest thing I heard was birds rustling in the leaves and carp fighting near the shore. Of course Riley had to go fishing, and within minutes he nearly broke his pole with the carp he had on the line. Of course I missed it all because SOMEONE had to put he camping gear away.

Let the adventure begin!

Let the adventure begin!

 

Riley looks lost, or maybe a little road weary.

Riley looks lost, or maybe a little road weary.

 

Horse and buggys get priority parking at the General Store here. SONY DSC

Horse and buggys get priority parking at the General Store here.

I don't always succeed at keeping these boys in check.

I don’t always succeed at keeping these boys in check.

As diverse as Madison is, Riley was the only one with a cowboy hat.

As diverse as Madison is, Riley was the only one with a cowboy hat.

The capital building grounds are beautiful right now.

The capital building grounds are beautiful right now.

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