Charming Adventures

Heading Home: Takin’ It Easy

After a full month in Wisconsin, it was weird to flip the page in our atlas (yes, we still use a paper atlas) to a different state … in fact, a series of different states, as we spent the last ten days of this 11-week adventure meandering back to Arizona. But just because we were heading home, doesn’t mean we were rushing …. au contraire mon frère...

La Crosse, WI: Rollin’ On The River

La Crosse, Wisconsin, is only 30 miles from our previous stop in Sparta, but has a completely different vibe.  Having three colleges in a relatively small town means that the population is mostly young and vibrant. And where there are college kids, there is alcohol.  So much so, that La Crosse once held the Guinness World Record for most bars (28) crammed into a city...

Sparta, WI: Where We “Ben Bikin”

“Well, hello there!” from Ben Bikin! Ben is the honorary, mostly-silent mayor of Sparta, a small town known as the “Bicycling Capital of America.” Ben stands (well, sits) 32 feet high on his 1890’s Penny Farthing bicycle. Check the Chevy Suburban in the photo for a sense of scale! That’s right, Ben Bikin is livin’ large (really large) in...

Green Bay, WI: GO PACK GO!

Leaving Door County, Wisconsin, we journeyed to Green Bay to tour historic Lambeau Field, named for Curly Lambeau, the first captain and later head coach of the Green Bay Packers. With the start of what might possibly, hopefully, maybe be a non-Covid compromised season of NFL action, football fever is gripping our RV and both of its inhabitants! Our Fantasy Football...

Door County, WI: Family+Friends+Fun

Ready, set, go … our next two stops of this 11-week trip would be the busiest yet! With an influx of friends and family (our parents from Arizona, aunt/uncle from Chicago, cousins from Florida/Michigan, and friends summering in Wisconsin), it was a wild and wooly ten days of activity, including kayaking around a submarine, riding a tractor bed across Lake...

Baraboo, WI: Run Away To The Circus

If you’ve ever wanted to quit life and run away to the circus, then RV’ing might be right for you. And if RV’ing away to the circus is right for you, then Baraboo, Wisconsin, is your destination. This tiny town with a fun name is the location of Circus World Museum, a non-profit paying homage to the long-ago and far-away entertainment escape that is...

Madison, WI: Drifting Thru The Driftless

Seven weeks into this particular RV adventure, moving to a new town every 3-5 days, we often find ourselves wondering exactly where we are. At the intersection of Should I Stay & Should I Go? Where The & Sidewalk Ends? Making all decisions via Rock & Paper & Scissors? We’re not only clueless, we’re also driftless, drifting through the...

Iowa: What The Heck is RAGBRAI?

If you had seven days of free time, would you spend it riding a bicycle across the entire state of Iowa in the dead of summer? No, neither would I, but 15,000 people feel otherwise. It’s RAGBRAI: Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa! RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest, longest bike touring event in the world! Oldest … 48 years running now...

StJoMo: The Beginning + The Ending

Leaving Kansas, we spent a full week in St. Joseph, Missouri – or as the locals and cool kids refer to it: StJoMo. StJoMo was the location of the beginning of the Pony Express. Here, in 1860, a lone rider left these historic stables (inside and outside views below) carrying saddlebags filled with letters, hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, dreams were not enough...

Kansas: Not “Land Of Oz,” It’s “Land of Odd”

Poor Kansas: 82 years have gone by since the iconic movie “whirled” (tornado pun) to life, and still they can’t escape their association with Oz. But our brief “spin” (again, sorry not sorry) across Kansas revealed that besides flat fields, tornadoes and Oz … that this state is as odd as a bunch of oompa loompas! A motorcycle made...