4 Days in the US – Day 3 From Mukwonago to Libertyville

December 3, 2017 at 22:26

Day tree of my short trip to the US. You find day one here and day two here.

Today I had a nice circle in mind: from Mukwonago to Libertyville where I had the next hotel. With stops in Geneva and Lake Como as well. Lets go cruise!

Rodeway Inn Mukwonago

Woke up very early again – used the nice shower at the Rodeway Inn Mukwonago – the best shower cabin in years. The pictures of the room are in the day two post. Made my coffee and took a walk to the breakfast room of the hotel. Well – I took a Bagel back to the room.

Breakfast Room Rodeway Inn Mukwonago
Breakfast Room Rodeway Inn Mukwonago

After breakfast it was “Pack the Bag Game” and check out.

Pool at the Rodeway Inn Mukwonago
Pool at the Rodeway Inn Mukwonago

‎⁨Mukwonago village
‎⁨Mukwonago village

Happy house at the County Road J in Mukwonago⁩
Happy house at the County Road J in Mukwonago⁩

On the other side of the Happy House
On the other side of the Happy House

‎⁨Lafayette⁩ County

Farm in ‎⁨Lafayette⁩, ⁨Wisconsin
Farm in ‎⁨Lafayette⁩, ⁨Wisconsin

Graveyard in ‎⁨Lafayette⁩, ⁨Wisconsin

Graveyard in ‎⁨Lafayette⁩, ⁨Wisconsin
More old graves on this one – not like the one the day before. This guy only got 14 years old.

Graveyard in ‎⁨Lafayette⁩, ⁨Wisconsin
26 – a bit better

Graveyard in ‎⁨Lafayette⁩, ⁨Wisconsin
Mary got 68 years old – wonder where James is!

Graveyard in ‎⁨Lafayette⁩, ⁨Wisconsin
The grave yard is next to a big farm

County Road ES
At the County Road ES

‎⁨Church in Lafayette⁩, ⁨Wisconsin
The Lafayette Church⁩

A farmer at the County Road ES
A farmer at the County Road ES

Elkhorn

What is left of the First National Bank in ‎⁨Elkhorn⁩, ⁨Wisconsin
What is left of the First National Bank in ‎⁨Elkhor

Slightly rusty car
Slightly rusty car

The Elkhorn Garage

A few years ago – in 2008 – Gary Wallem bought Pete’s Tire Service and build a place where he can store some of his historic cars and other collectibles. He even has a a tire used in Mario Andretti’s 1969 Indianapolis 500 winning race – a present from Andretti himself. Now that is what I call a proper man cave!

The Elkhorn Garage
The Elkhorn Garage

GMC Truck
GMC Truck

Dodge Pick Up
Dodge Pick Up

Coke advertisement at the Elkhorn Garage
Coke advertisement at the Elkhorn Garage

At the Elkhorn Garage

At the Elkhorn Garage

No wheels on the sidewalk
No wheels on the sidewalk

Lake Como

Lake Como water tower - only a minute away from Geneva
Lake Como water tower – only a minute away from Geneva

Lake Como
Lake Como

After my short trip to Switzerland and Italy it was time for some “Shopping Mall” – at last once I had to go. How convenient – Welcome To Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets! And they are on the way to the hotel! Was checking the Nike Factory Outlet for shoes in my size – nope. After that I went to tree more stores with no luck either so I went back to the car.

The big Mall at ‎⁨Pleasant Prairie⁩, ⁨Wisconsin
The big Mall at ‎⁨Pleasant Prairie⁩, ⁨Wisconsin

NowI was hungry – time for a snack. Found a nice bench at Lake Michigan and was super happy! The sun was out for a bit and the waves rolled nice against the stones. Great soundtrack for my lunch break.

‎⁨Lake Michigan from Pleasant Prairie⁩, ⁨Wisconsin⁩
‎⁨Lake Michigan from Pleasant Prairie

The water does look really clean
The water does look really clean

Gurnee Mills Mall

Ok lets call it a day and drive to the hotel – upps not so fast – saw a big outdoor store at the ‎⁨Gurnee Mills Mall⁩ in ⁨Gurnee⁩. That needs to be inspected. Found nothing that I need or the price tag was not what I want to pay for the item.

Ammunition
Need some Ammunition?

Ammunition

Cheap Rifle
That looks like a cheap rifle but actually it is a quite good one. Guess you will not find a better one for that kind of money.

At Home Marijuana Drug Test
At Home Marijuana Drug Test? At the outdoore store?

Candlewood Suites in Libertyville

For my last night I booked the Candlewood Suites in Libertyville. The hotel is less than 30 minutes from O’Hare International Airport and that is where I have to bring the car tomorrow. It was the same money like the hotel last night but should come with all the bells and whistles. Lets check in!

The room at the Candlewood Suites in ‎⁨Libertyville⁩
The room at the Candlewood Suites in ‎⁨Libertyville. Comes with a comfortable bed and a nice comfy seat next to it to watch some TV. You have a chair to work and a chair to eat as well.

Kitchen
The kitchen is loaded. The fridge was a bit noisy so I turned it off. The only thing I needed was icold beers so I left them in the freezer for a bit.

Microwave and Dishwasher as well
Microwave and Dishwasher as well

Bath room
Bath room

A very loooong hallway
A very loooong hallway

Free gym
Free gym

Free coffee and a small store
Free coffee and a small store

Free Washers and Dryers
Free Washers and Dryers

The mini store
The mini store

Office to use for free
Office to use for free. They have board games or other stuff for the kitchen to lend as well. I saw rice cookers, cocktail shakers and what now. Great place if you do not want to stay downtown Chicago. And I am sure you are much quicker at the airport as well – compared to downtown.

Now I can toast my bread :-)
Now I can toast my bread 🙂

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The next day I filled the car and returned it – exactly 600 km more on the clock. Took the shuttle back to the airport and the plane home to Stuttgart again. No pictures for you!

Here you find day 1: 4 Days in the US – Day 1 From Chicago to Fitchburg⁩
Here you find day 2: 4 Days in the US – Day 2 From Fitchburg⁩ to Mukwonago

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4 Days in the US – Day 2 From Fitchburg⁩ to Mukwonago

December 2, 2017 at 17:19

Day two of my short trip to the US. You find day one here. If you are in another time zone for only a few days you better keep your home time zone – if you can.
So I went to bed early and got up early as well.
Today I had a big circle in mind: from Fitchburg⁩ to Mukwonago where I had the next hotel.

6:29 - I never would see this usually
6:29 – I never would see this usually – sun rise over the mall

It is good if you bring your own coffeemaker and coffee
It is good if you bring your own coffeemaker and coffee

Lets go and see some Wisconsin⁩

Lake MendotaLake Mendota on the way to Madison

Madison

‎⁨Wisconsin State Capitol⁩, ⁨Madison
Wisconsin State Capitol

Colonel Hans Christian Heg from Norway. He fell at Chickamauga at the 19th of September 1863
Colonel Hans Christian Heg from Norway. He fell at Chickamauga at the 19th of September 1863

U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank

Building at E. Main Street
Building at E. Main Street

Graveyard in ‎⁨Dunn⁩

Graveyard in ‎⁨Dunn⁩, ⁨Wisconsin

Tombstone

This is at last a useful one
This is at last a useful one

Charlotte can enjoy the nice Corvette alone now
Charlotte can enjoy the nice Corvette alone now

I wonder if she crashed in that car?
I wonder if she crashed in that car?

John was in the Army and liked his ball game. What I not really get - are the children 6 feet under as well?
John was in the Army and liked his ball game. What I not really get – are the children 6 feet under as well?

So the children are buried on the land...
So the children are buried on the land… or under the stone?? Or the parents are under the stone and they had the stone made before – so they can write on it “Our children”??

Now Floyd is alone. Sad but one is usually the first to go
Now Floyd is alone. Sad but one is usually the first to go

They do not get very old here. Noel liked to hunt - or he liked Deer and Turkey and was only doing target practice?
They do not get very old here. Noel liked to hunt – or he liked Deer and Turkey and was only doing target practice?

The hunting guitar player
The hunting guitar player

Easy to figure out his favorite sport
Easy to figure out his favorite spor

The greatest dad loved to cruise his trike
The greatest dad loved to cruise his trike

The owner of the "Up on the Hill"? For sure he had a Harley
The owner of the "Up on the Hill"? For sure he had a Harley

Joseph liked to take his snow mobile out
Joseph liked to take his snow mobile out

Enough grave yard – let’s cruise some more

Lots of green with a few farms and some forest
Lots of green with a few farms and some forest

For the 1st time ever I used a drive-thru ATM! And it was in ‎⁨Pleasant Springs⁩
For the 1st time ever I used a drive-thru ATM! And it was in ‎⁨Pleasant Springs⁩

Outside of ‎⁨Pleasant Springs you find the Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park
Outside of ‎⁨Pleasant Springs you find the Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park. It is quite new and still under construction.

After visiting a few of the places where the fighting took place in Vietnam it was nice to see the other side
After visiting a few of the places where the fighting took place in Vietnam it was nice to see the other side

You can give money for a bench, a stone pillar or a brick.
You can give money for a bench, a stone pillar or a brick.

‎⁨Lake Kegonsa State Park⁩
Lake Kegonsa State Park

‎⁨Lake Kegonsa State Park⁩

At the County Road B
At the County Road B

At the County Road B

Oh Deer!
Oh Deer!

Lake Koshkonong
Lake Koshkonong

‎⁨Koshkonong⁩, ⁨Wisconsin⁩
Koshkonong⁩, ⁨Wisconsin

‎⁨Fort Atkinson⁩
Fort Atkinson – I like the Eat-Mor sign

Church in ‎⁨Palmyra town⁩
Church in ‎⁨Palmyra town

Which way - which way??
Which way – which way??

A farm in ‎⁨Eagle town⁩ - can you spot the 6 Dairy calf housings
A farm close to ‎⁨Eagle town⁩ – can you spot the 6 Dairy calf housings

Happy water tower in Eagle⁩, ⁨Wisconsin⁩
Happy water tower in Eagle⁩, ⁨Wisconsin

Rodeway Inn Mukwonago

A bit after 16:00 I pulled into the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn Mukwonago in Mukwonago. My hotel for tonight. Nothing special but it was a bit away from the street so no noise in the night. Got my room and relaxed for the rest of the day with food and a few cold brews.

Rodeway Inn in ‎⁨Mukwonago

Rodeway Inn in ‎⁨Mukwonago

Rodeway Inn in ‎⁨Mukwonago

Rodeway Inn in ‎⁨Mukwonago
Actually – this is the best shower cabin in a very long time! It is really big so you have enough space.

House of Cards again
House of Cards again.

If you are close to Mukwonago or Alpine Valley you can give the Rodeway Inn Mukwonago a try: here is the booking.com link. They have a pool as well so it is nice to relax. Do not expect to much from the free breakfast. Also the rooms could use some renovation.

Here you find day 1: 4 Days in the US – Day 1 From Chicago to Fitchburg⁩
Here you find day 3: 4 Days in the US – Day 3 From Mukwonago to Libertyville

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4 Days in the US – Day 1 From Chicago to Fitchburg⁩

November 29, 2017 at 18:21

Another Long Man mission. Fly to Chicago and deliver some parts – have a few free days to explore – fly back. I like those kind of missions. Got a car for 4 days and booked a few nice hotels. Spring was late this year so it was not as green as I hoped for but it was a free trip so why complain?? First stop ‎⁨Fitchburg⁩, ⁨Wisconsin⁩ via Frankfurt and Chicago.

Stuttgart Airport
Stuttgart Airport – even a decent time of the day. Usually when I do this kind of trips I am on the first plane out of Frankfurt to Chicago which leaves at 07:25. That means get up at 03:00 – drive to Heilbronn – pick up the goods and race to Frankfurt Airport to get the flight.

Stuttgart Airport

Nobody looks really happy today
Nobody looks really happy today

Not a lot of leg room
Not a lot of leg room

Lufthansa A320-200

Loook! An Air Berlin plane!
Loook! An Air Berlin plane!

Off we go - the Albtrauf in the back
Off we go – the Albtrauf in the back

It is blue over the clouds
It is blue over the clouds. I really love it on a rainy day. You have a gray day and go in a plane – it takes off and gets over the clouds – voilà! Sunshine!!!

Look - LEGROOM!!
Look – LEGROOM!!

But it is only the shuttle bus in Frankfurt
But it is only the shuttle bus in Frankfurt

The plane is somewhere - we do a sight-seeing tour of FRA
Usually I do not like it when they ferry you with the bus to the plane. But this time it was different. The plane is somewhere out there – we do a sight-seeing tour of FRA 🙂

Quite interesting
Quite interesting to see the planes from this site

The back turbine
The back turbine

A United plane
A United plane

Finally in my United plane - a bit better than Lufthans on the way to Frankfurt
Finally in my United plane – a bit better than Lufthans on the way to Frankfurt

I want to be able to do that!
I want to be able to do that! Board a plane and fall asleep – how nice would it be. No waiting for the food, no looking for the next movie – only a cruise in dreamland.

Stupid Premium Economy - the exit row in front of me was empty but of course you have to pay for it. And so was most of the Premium Economy part of the plane as well.
Stupid Premium Economy – the exit row in front of me was empty but of course you have to pay for it. And so was most of the Premium Economy part of the plane as well.

Vegetarian lunch
Vegetarian lunch

The wine was not really drinkable - the beer was!
The wine was not really drinkable – the beer was! I had two young Germans in my row. They where on the way to Vegas. And they had a few 1000 to blow. But no clue about beer. Lucky for me they wanted German beer – Warsteiner – one of our TV Beers – so more birds for me 🙂
The flight attendant was German and did look at me like I had a funny hat on – why would you drink American beer? Well she accepted my explanation with the TV beer and handed me a Goose. I told her later that this is a really good beer – much better than Warsteienr if you ask me. Turns out she does not drink beer in the first place.

But they only had a few of the birds so I had one of them as well
But they only had a few of the birds so I had one of them as well

Watched a few movies
Watched a few movies

Snack before touchdown in Chicago
Snack before touchdown in Chicago

Closer to Chicago
Close to Chicago

Close to Chicago
Closer to Chicago

Chicago

Immigration at O’Hare International Airport – the longest I had to stand in line was OVER 3 hours!! That was with the morning flight when a lot of planes come in. Now they have a different system with a lot of machines. Scan the passport, do this do that – do not smile for the picture and whatever. Since I brought some sample I marked the custom form for the goods. After that is was waiting waiting and waiting but not 3 hours more like 45 minutes. Finally it was my turn and I had to explain two times what I bring and after that I had my stamp and was off to customs. They X-Ray the bag and Adios! Good! Germany booked a car for me – at Hertz. So you go out and wait for the shuttle bus to bring you to the rental office.

  • Enterprise 11 times
  • Avis 10 times
  • Thrifty 10 times
  • Alamo 10 times
  • National 9 times
  • Budget 8 times
  • Dollar 8 times
  • Hertz 0 times

WTF??? Somehow I should bring stuff to Fitchburg⁩ in ⁨Wisconsin and not look at the shuttle buses from other rental companies! I see one upstairs – hmm since I waited now more than 30 minutes why not try upstairs at departure? – upstairs I go. Same same – but different! Now more National and Alamo and less Avis buses. I see one coming at arrival again. Running down like a rabbit runs from the fox I got in – let’s go and get the car!
Only 4 more customers in the bus – looks like I do not have to wait today. Ha Ha Hertz had a dirty trick up their sleeve! I dunno how they did it but there where about 25 customers in front of me. Hmmm they might send only one shuttle every 40 minutes or so – this way the line will not be all the way out of their office. Another hour and some minutes pass and finally I get the keys.
The nice thing with renting in the US is that you can choose your car at the parking lot. You rent a class and go and see what parks there. If you have time you even wait a bit if something better comes in. Lets see – I need a nice color and something I fit into. USB etc they all have so no need to check that. In the end I opted for a KIA with 349 miles on the clock. Who does not like the smell of a new car?

Finally in the rental car
Finally in the rental car

My ride for the next few day - a KIA whatever. Lots of plastic but it drives well
My ride for the next few day – a KIA whatever. Lots of plastic but it drives well. I was a bit confused about the toll system here. The last times I paid cash but some of the toll stations do not have an option to pay cash. And I had next to no coins as well so I stopped at a gas station to get something to drink and coins. Just in case. Next both I put my coins a man who worked there told me the car has an I-PASS thing on the windshield. You can open and close it and decide if you want to pay with it or with your credit card or cash. Ok – good to know….
There was not too much traffic and I got into ‎⁨Fitchburg a bit after 18:00.

Fitchburg⁩

Had to bring the samples to two technicians waiting for them in the
Wyndham Garden Madison in Fitchburg. They where happy and I was tired. Of course there where no room booked for me but I was too lazy to find something else so I checked in the Wyndham. Nice place next to a small mall. So no need to take the car to get some food. To tired to go to a restaurant that has some vegetarian options anyhow.

Wyndham Garden Madison in Fitchburg⁩, ⁨Wisconsin⁩

My room at the Wyndham Garden Madison in Fitchburg⁩, ⁨Wisconsin⁩
My room at the Wyndham Garden Madison in Fitchburg⁩, ⁨Wisconsin⁩

Mini Bar, Microwave, Coffee Maker and an Ice Cooler
Mini Bar, Microwave, Coffee Maker and a Ice Cooler – looks like I need that little ice cooler later!

Sink opposite of the bathroom
Sink opposite of the bathroom

The bathroom
The bathroom – no space for a sink there.

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Went over the street and scouted for some dinner options. Hmm took me the longest time in front of that fridge!
Fuck - which one?
Fuck – which one?

The choice for today. Hummus, Avocados, Bananas and Baguette. And - BEER!
The selection for today. Hummus, Avocados, Bananas and Baguette. And – BEER!

House of Cards in real :-(
House of Cards in real 🙁

Here you find day 2: 4 Days in the US – Day 2 From Fitchburg⁩ to Mukwonago
Here you find day 3: 4 Days in the US – Day 3 From Mukwonago to Libertyville

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