Sure hope you didn't run into any Hodags or Igarots, passing so
close to Rhinelander...
You mention some places I haven't been since my youth, I'm sure the
roads are better now.
Once in the '70s, we set out for summer vacation, probably going to
drive from Ogema WI to northern MN to visit grandparents. My father
wanted to drive his really nice Adenauer. We got a few miles down
Highway 86, and hit some nasty road construction; the pavement was
gone and all traffic was squeezed onto rough loose gravel. My dad
listened to that gravel beating the underside of the car for about 5
seconds, stopped and did a U-turn, got in a cursing match with the
road crew for driving in their road bed during the turn, and went
straight back home. We unpacked the Benz and loaded into some
beater American iron, and took that instead.
Definitely encountered hodags. Went right through downtown
Rhinelander both ways. Got chased by some hodags while I chased
others. It was potatofest in Rhinelander. Huge white tent pitched
by Trigs. We don't take the bypass.
Sadly Cirilli's has been closed for quite a few years, and now they
are tearing down the building for "progress." I loved Cirilli's,
your SWMBO would have liked it too. Great place to buy Italian
pasta, great olive oil and other goodies. I worked there one summer.
Mamma Cirilli said my Italian bread was the closest to "home" of any
she had in her long life the USA. I consider that to be the best
compliment I've ever received. Italian bread needs good flour, dry
dough, and lots of time, along with TLC and patience.
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