Sunday, June 27, 2010
TMEDA Day 2: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Sioux Falls, SD
This morning started warm and humid in Madison. By 9 a.m., it was 70 degrees. We pulled out around 9:30 and spent about an hour on US 12. It tickled us, since US 12 runs about 5 miles south of our house in Michigan. It was really nice not to start right off on the Interstate, and we got to see some beautiful rolling green Wisconsin farmland. We thankfully drove right past -- i.e. didn't stop -- the exit for the Wisconsin Dells. From what I've read, I'm picturing something akin to Niagara Falls, Canada: a beautiful natural wonder commercialized and carnival-ized into a tourist trap. Not on this trip, thanks.
We crossed the Mississippi as we drove into our fifth state, Minnesota. Lunch was a quick stop in Austin, home to Hormel and the Spam Museum. I briefly considered a visit, but ruled it out since I've never eaten Spam in my life. Mom continued her flagrant disrespect for law enforcement officials by making fun of the county sheriffs that were eating at the Subway we stopped in, asking me if I thought she should inform them that having the license plate read SHERIFF is redundant on a marked car. It reminded me of the time in Oklahoma that she wanted to go over to the table of Oklahoma State Police and ask how fast she really could drive on I-40. I share Mom's sense of humor, but I'm fairly certain that law enforcement officials would not.