"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."
- Henry David Thoreau
The Upper Peninsula was great, I could have stayed up there a lot longer. If it wasn’t October. But it is, and the weather got cold and wet, so I left the U.P.
I made a brief stop to visit the Experimental Aircraft Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Another place that I didn’t see despite living in that town for nearly a year.
Heading south toward my hometown in southern Wisconsin, I attended the wedding of my nephew James and his wife Katie. It was wonderful to see them and a great chance to see some family that I just don’t get to see enough of. Then there was a short trip back to lower Michigan for a few days with some dear friends. But the weather is not great, not like during my time in the U.P. (check their facebook page for pictures of the wedding)
|Beer supply and fire getting low, James gets out the shop vac.|
|That's one problem solved! Ash was later found, well, everywhere.|
|James races stock cars...|
|He's pretty good at it.|
|Quite good, in fact.|
|The garage ceiling.|
|Standard wedding cake. Ha!|
Not as huge, but very unique, was the John Poplin Civil War Home and Museum. I reasonable $2 got me a guided tour of the place.
And still I’m heading south. The motorcycles in the back of the van are getting cabin fever, I can tell. And I am too. Geography, the season, and the weather have conspired against me to keep me from camping. All these hotels are killing my budget. Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee: the campgrounds are closed and even the national forest roads are closed, probably to keep people like me from driving out there and getting stuck in the snow. A reasonable precaution, given my preference for getting off the beaten path.