As I sit here typing this post in Milwaukee, the snow is swirling outside my window. It’s around the freezing point, the wind is whipping up and there must be at least five inches of snow on the ground. It’s still coming down, and I’ve got to hit the road early tomorrow for Green Bay to the north (where it’s probably going to be colder).
I’m now 10 days into a 30-day research trip (I’ve marked out my progress in red on a map here) and already it’s starting to remind me of another surprise Lonely Planet journey that took me outside of Central Europe. That one was two years ago this month, when I traveled down the Volga River from Nizhny Novgorod to Astrakhan, in Russia. That trip also required me to cover long distances relatively quickly and I also woke up on more than a couple of mornings to find a blanket of fresh snow on the ground.
And just like back then, I’m also having a blast. Wisconsin is a surprisingly interesting, quirky and cool place to visit. I’d heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a low-key road trip, centered around pretty countryside, architecture, beer and, well, cheese.
Since I’m on the road and don’t have tons of time to write, I’ll keep the text brief and describe the sights in the photo captions. This first set of photos (in random order) focuses on the early leg of the journey, from Minneapolis, where I flew in, to Eau Claire, La Crosse, Spring Green, New Glarus, and Madison. In Part Two, I pick up with Milwaukee, Green Bay, Door County and the Apostle Islands to the far north. Find the link to that story here. The plan from there is to re-enter Minnesota and make my way slowly back through the state to Minneapolis-St Paul.