|Young's "Half House"|
|Young house on Round Lake|
The next morning we left early again as there was a good weather window to cross the lake to Wisconsin where we would find more shelter from the winds. After some debate we decided to go to Manitowoc. That decision was driven by the predicted weather for the next few days. Manitowoc is big enough to find things to do when you can't move the boat. Enterprise also had started their annual week-end specials - $9.99/day on weekends. We decided to take advantage of that so we could see more of Wisconsin.
On our tour Daryl, our driver, filled us in on lots of Door trivia - and the best restaurants, cheese shops, produce markets. We visited four vineyards, tasted lots of marginal wines, had a nice lunch and lots of fun. One interesting bit of trivia was that Al Capone tried to buy one of the farms that is now a vineyard. Offers were made three times and the farmer declined all three times. When the current owner decided to make it a vineyard, the grandchildren of the farmer told him the story. Thus, the first red wine they produced is called "Untouchable." Joe would also call it "undrinkable," but that's another story.
One of the restaurants Daryl recommended was an Italian place on the northern end of Door County. Turns out it was attached to an inn that had a vacancy, so we made a reservation. When we arrived later the "no vacancy" sign was lit, so we'd been lucky to get the room. Also lucky because the restaurant prices were reasonable and the food was great - Pasta Vino if you're ever near Ellison Bay.
|windows with decorative inserts used through out|
The weekend of calm weather had allowed Lake Michigan to settle down, so it was time get underway again. We spent a long day on the water before anchoring for the night in Milwaukee, then a short day to reach Racine. In 2009 we had a nice stop in Racine where the O'Donnell's had let us use their slip. Joe called to see if they were in town and if we could get together. We knew they had sold their GH37 (the one that Gary, the guy in St. Clair, had originally owned) and thought they'd also sold the slip. Unfortunately, they were not in town, but fortunately for us they have not sold the slip. We stopped there for a couple of days because we had mail coming in. Thanks, guys!
So, in a month we had traveled from the Erie Canal, across Lake Erie, up Lake Huron, down Lake Michigan and entered the inland river system. We were really feeling pretty good - as Joe said, "It's all downhill from here." Our first full day off the lakes was expected to be a short one - 36 miles. We started out near dawn heading for Joliet, with only one lock in our way.
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