“Very hot” temperatures, cheese curds, and soap

Miles driven: 406.4

This morning we slept in a bit and started out after a hearty breakfast made by our host. Before we left I checked the weather and noticed that Chicago has quite a different definition of “very hot” compared to southern Illinois:

We had another somewhat long driving day today as we planned to make it all the way through Wisconsin and camp the night near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We stopped in Madison, Wisconsin and after a little googling Noah found the perfect lunch spot right by the capitol building. I was especially excited to try some cheese curds. Except the restaurant was closed for Memorial Day. And so was the next one. And so was the next one. At least I got to appreciate the capitol building from all angles as we walked around and around the square.At one point I was seriously considering asking the insurance office we passed by if they might consider making me some cheese curds. Eventually we found the one open place and I enjoyed my fried cheese curds immensely.After that it was Noah’s shift to drive and he got to experience all the frustrations that come with interstate driving: semis trying to pass other semis while going up hill, cars that simply CANNOT pick a speed, and traffic jams that begin just as suddenly as they end with no apparent cause in sight. If you remember from yesterday, he had not driven on the interstate since driver’s ed.It did not take him long to learn my ways. Before long I heard him warning other drivers: “don’t do it!” if they looked like they might cut him off and “this is the third time you’ve made me lose my cruise!” in the exact scolding tone I use. When he manages to give the perfect half second glare at slow drivers as he passes them on the right, we will know the student has become the master.My old car also hit a milestone today: 150,000 miles. This is the car that has been on two previous road trips across the country with me, so we have it down to an art by now.We finally made it to our campsite, the first of the trip. I turned away for one minute and Noah already had the fire going:

“Look, I’m Grandpa Wayne!”He followed that impressive moment by asking me for a bar of soap so he could take a shower. Because apparently he didn’t think he needed to pack SOAP for a 13 day road/camping trip. It’s currently 10 p.m. and he is in my car with the engine running so he can charge his phone. Every 30 seconds or so, I hear him revving the engine a few times. I’m sure when he gets back he will have a very legitimate reason why he needed to do so.Tomorrow we’re hoping to start the fishing/reading part of the trip so hopefully I’ll have pics for you tomorrow of beautiful scenery and big fish!

Update: His explanation was quite logical.

About The 1st Draft

I am a 30-something English teacher living in the Midwest who loves books, television, soccer, a good conversation, Cardinals baseball, and playing with my adorable nieces and nephews.
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1 Response to “Very hot” temperatures, cheese curds, and soap

  1. Damn. A cliff hanger? I can tell this is gonna be harder on me than it will be on you…

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