Tuesday, August 18, 2009

On the Road Again with Willie Nelson

OK, I admit it. My post title is a bit disingenous. No Willie Nelson, just Ella Numera Una & moi. We've been to Hell & Back, but finally reached our destination~beautiful Madison, WI.

First off, Places Rated Magazine has named Madison as the 10th most-livable city in the good ol' US of A. This burg, the capital of the Dairy State, is darn near perfect, so I'd love to know the 9 spots ahead of Madison on the list. I'm actually a tad jealous that Ella Una gets to reside here the next 3 years. But it sure was a long time gettin' here.


Madison, WI skyline

As you may recall, we left NC's awesome OBX on Friday, headed out on The Great American Silo Tour.

OBX Colt

Here's a Superior Snap of one of the wild Spanish Mustangs, who reside north of Corolla, NC. Ella Numera Dos is responsible for this Superior Snap of a foal frolicking near the surf. After 12+ hours on the road, overnited on the outskirts of lovely Toledo, OH. First half of The Great American Silo Tour done, & done!

Blink Tour Truck

On Saturday, somewhere west of Toledo where the Ohio Turnpike morphs into the Indiana Turnpike, we saw this. Yup, you guessed it. One of Blink 182's Summer Tour trucks. The guys must have been on their way to a concert date in Minneapolis, according to their schedule. Ella Dos snapped this 'un, too. She has more for you on her blog, MOO.

Chicago or Bust

We were rockin' & rollin' as we approached South Bend, IN. We passed this rust-bucket, and Ella Numera Dos took a few more Superior Snaps. At the time, we thought the upbeat message scrawled on this wagon's rear window portended a lovely afternoon to come...

Civic in Chi-Town

...until, that is, we hit Chi-Town. The Windy City was not at all welcoming. Ella Numera Una's Civic crapped out on the Dan Ryan Expressway~that would be the old-timey, congested, nasty elevated route that books it right thru the center of downtown. Fortunately, we got an almost-immediate tow. Here's the kid's car departing for the garage. Do you know how difficult it is to find a mechanic on a Saturday afternoon?

Oshkosh Fireworks

5 hours, a trip to O'Hare for a rent car (anyone in the mood for a graphic description of Dante's 5 Circles of Hell?) & several dollars later, we were on the road again. Ella Una's car is still stranded at that mechanic's near downtown. Waiting for a part, but of course. The car's supposed to be finito sometime today. One of the kid's college buds is a Chicagoan. She's gonna pick up the heap this afternoon (fingers crossed) & drive it up to Madison for her.

The final snap in this series was shot by Dos as we cruised up the highway somewhere near Oshkosh, WI. Fireworks, for some reason, greeted our arrival. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, & pass the ammunition...

If I'm required to write an essay at one of those insipid teacher back-to-school inservices in a couple of weeks, I'll have to pen something about The Great American Silo Tour of 2009. Or Dante's Inferno. Take your pick.

16 comments:

Vodka Logic said...

I am sorry your trip was so "eventful" but at least you are safe.

Thanks again for the award, and not sure if you got my email but I don't know how to post the bling and link it to you??

xx

JanMary said...

Definitely an eventful trip - glad you made it :)

Christina Lee said...

yep quite eventful- I love that shot of the mustang!!

Tammy Howard said...

Road trips are the best, no? Never a dull moment.

Superior snaps, as always!

Amy said...

Pittsburgh usually ranks somewhere at the top for reasons that aren't clear to me. From that pic, Madison looks like a much better experience (though I'm sure I'd change my tune come winter). Glad y'all made it (eventually).

Genny said...

Sounds like you've had quite a trip!

Susie said...

What a journey!

shraddha@theselfloveproject said...

wonderful..wonderful..pics!!

do update our info...we are hosting our own domain now...just follow the link of the comment..

Yankee Girl said...

Madison is an awesome place to visit and live. And Chicago is a nightmare to drive through. I drive through it 3-4 times a week and it still gives me nightmares.

knit1kids4 said...

Sorry about the car... love the first two snaps!

ParkerMama said...

Please send me your mailing addy for your blue bunny ice cream coupon!

Tara R. said...

That's cool that the city put on a fireworks display for Dos... very cool!

Good luck to her in the coming school year!

Miss Jo said...

You y Las Dos earned their cheese heads on this trip. Way to regroup in Chicago and keep the tour rolling. Nice snaps telling the tale too..I've heard Madison is the SF of the Midwest ! Lucky Dos !

Tracy P. said...

Sorry it was such a rough one. But that photo of the tow IS a superior snap. :-)

Generic Propecia said...

the voyage look fantastic, and when only see the pictures is evident the good state of the roads, I want to say that I really appreciate the information, because I has been looking for a place for vacations.

cost of viagra said...

hey buddy,this is one of the best posts that I�ve ever seen; you may include some more ideas in the same theme. I�m still waiting for some interesting thoughts from your side in your next post.

LinkWithin

Blog Widget by LinkWithin