Marathon to Sault Ste. Marie

We have plans to visit many places. Our Northernmost  destination is Sault Sainte Marie, but we spent time planning stops in between. We have a family reunion in Galena, IL and other places along the way. We also want to go to Fort Meyers to get a rear sway bar and steering stabilizer installed.

Fort Meyers, FL

We drive to Camping World in Fort Meyers. We get in at 4:45 PM and they let us plug into electric. Yay! We have A/C.

We get up the next morning and get in to the shop at 8:00. They finish the job at 12:45.

White Springs, FL

We drive to Stephen Foster Culture Center Folk State Park in White Springs, FL.

Suannee River
Suannee River

Stephen Foster’s Old Folks at Home sang about the Swanee river. The first draft of the song referred to the Pee Dee river, but he changed it to the Suannee River, purposely misspelling it “Swanee”. It became the Florida state song. When looking for a location for  Stephen Foster Cultural Center they chose White Springs because of its location on the Suannee river.

Carillon Tower
Carillon Tower

This is a great place. We ride our bikes on some of the trails. Most of them are sand and it is hard to ride bikes on them. There are museums and gift shops here. We tour the Stephen Foster museum and the carillon tower, which plays tunes throughout the day.

We had a great time in White Springs, but after four nights we are moving on.

Acworth, GA

We drive to McKinney campground. This is an Army Corps of Engineers park so we use our  Senior Access pass to get half price. We choose a campsite overlooking Lake Allatoona.

McKinney Campground
McKinney Campground

This is a beautiful park. It has two swimming beaches. We walk to one and ride our bikes to the other. Our friends Gary and Ellen drive down from Chattanooga to see us.

McKinney Campground
McKinney Campground

Athens, TN

We stop in Athens, TN to visit with Debbie and Jerry, Fran’s brother and his wife. He has it set up so we can park on the street and plug into his electric. But we discover that the A/C doesn’t run using an extension cord. We back into his driveway and plug in directly, but now we cannot level the RV. After one night of not being level we move back to the street. We run the A/C on the generator to cool the RV off before we go to bed and it’s not too bad.

We have a great time visiting with Debbie, Jerry and family, but now we have reservation for July 4th weekend in Kentucky.

Grand Rivers, KY

We drive to Crockett Frontier Campground.  We have a large pull-thru site, but it is not level.  It takes a while to find a place where we can level and plug in our power cord. We finally get it, but we are too far away to connect our water and sewer hoses.

The next day we ride our bikes to the trail. We get to the canal, but the bridge is on a major highway and has no bike path. We decide not to cross it. We do visit the park and watch a barge come through.

Barge on Canal
Barge on Canal

We get an invitation to a potluck dinner from the campground. We ride our bikes to the grocery store and buy ingredients to make potato salad. The dinner is fun but the rain forces us to leave early. Later, the rain lets up and we catch some fireworks.

It rains most of the 4th of July. We stay in the campground. We have to back up about 25 feet to fill our water tank and dump the black and gray water.

We get up at 5:30 the next day to get an early start. It is pouring rain. Fran runs out in the rain to pull in the power cord. We leave at 6:30.

Palatine, IL

We pull in to Camp Reinberg at 2:40. This is Cook county park. They have no water at the sites so we have to fill up before we back into the site. Mark comes by and we go to Red Robin with him and my mom. He leaves mom’s van with us to use for the week.

Camp Reinberg
Camp Reinberg

This campground is centrally located between my mom and my two sisters. We spend most of the week visiting with family and getting ready for our family trip to Galena.

Cocktail Hour
Cocktail Hour

One evening we have family over to the RV for cocktails and appetizers before we go to Lou Malnati’s for pizza.

There are some nice bike paths around here and we go on a 4.5 mile ride on Friday.

On Saturday we pick Greg up at the airport and go to dinner with mom. After that we pick up Erika, Steve and Johnny at the airport and bring them to Diana’s. Greg stays with us on the RV.

Galena, IL

The RV is fully loaded with food and supplies for the four-day stay in Galena. We leave the campground at 12:00, stop twice and are still early. We get to the house, pull into the driveway and unload the RV. When we think we have unloaded everything we try to back out of the driveway. It takes several attempts to get out without bottoming out on the street. We finally get out and park at Galena Territory Marina.

Family in Galena
Family in Galena

Later we realize that we forgot some things and go back to the RV. Then we realize we forgot more stuff and go back again. We go back a few more times during the four-day stay.

Fran and Johnny in Galena
Fran and Johnny in Galena

We had a great time in Galena. We went to the pool, had pictures taken, went to a distillery and went horse back riding. One evening we went out for dinner at the Galena Brewing company. The best part was spending time with family.

Desoto, WI

On Thursday we pack up our stuff and Mark drives us to the RV. We stop at Walmart and buy some provisions. Then we head up scenic highway 35 along the Mississippi river. We pull into Blackhawk Park at 2:45. This is  an Army Corps of Engineers park right on the Mississippi river.

Scenic Hwy 35
Scenic Hwy 35

This is a busy campground. There is a big group next to us and we ask if there are any other sites available, but they are all full.

Campfire in Blackhawk Park
Campfire in Blackhawk Park

The last day we ride our bikes around the park and we realize we could have gotten a non-electric site right on the water.

Madison, WI

We drive to Lake Farm Park. This is a county park. There are bike trails all around us. But tonight we take a Uber to Waypoint Public House.

Fried Cheese Curds
Fried Cheese Curds

Sunday morning we ride our bicycles to the capital. We missed the farmers market, but there are some people selling produce and a street fair. We have a great lunch and some great beers at Hop Cat.

Madison, WI
Madison, WI

Milwaukee, WI

We stop at Walmart in Madison and buy groceries and camping supplies. We drive ti Milwaukee and get to the Elks club at 2:45. We register and plug into electric. We get a tour o the facility and meet some very nice people.

Uncle Carl comes by and gives us a quick tour of the area. He takes us out to dinner at Jack Pandl’s.

We had a great time at the Milwaukee Elks and met lots of great people. There was no fee to stay here but we leave a donation.

Manitowoc, WI

We drive to the SS Badger in Manitowoc. We get there at 11:00. We have plenty of time before our 1:30 departure so we ride our bikes into town.

Waiting in Line for Ferry
Waiting in Line for Ferry

Once we park the RV we leave the keys in the ignition and they take care of backing the RV onto the ferry and driving it off of the ferry. We are free to relax.

Backing RV onto Ferry
Backing RV onto Ferry

We have a great time on the trip across Lake Michigan on this historic landmark. We have beer and food and play bingo.

Ludington, MI

We left Manitowoc at 1:30 CDT and dock in Ludington at 6:30 EDT. We park the RV on the grass for the night.

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Sunset over Lake Michigan

Later, we walk out and watch the sunset.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI

We drive to Soo Locks campground. Gary and Ellen are there to meet us. This is a beautiful campground it is on the St. Mary’s river across from Canada.

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Soo Locks Campground

We get there on Thursday. We ride our bikes to the Soo Locks on Friday and stop for lunch. Then we go to the Elks for dinner. On Saturday we go to Canada and visit the Bush Plane Museum, go out for lunch and stop at the Duty Free store. We relax on Sunday with Bloody Mary’s in the morning and fried Walleye for dinner. On Monday we do some shopping. The best part is visiting our friends Gary and Ellen.

Duty Free Store in Canada
Duty Free Store in Canada

We have been gone for over four weeks. We are having a great time but it is time to turn back south. But we are not heading back home just yet. We have a beach house reserved in Ocean Isle beach for a week. Here is a link to a Google Map of the trip.