Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 5:52 AM
The drive up to Wisconsin was kind of intense, as
I was thinking about how I was now heading into territory that I had never
been in before, and that I was going to be in states where I don't know
anybody, and that I would be at least a state or two away from anybody I did
know (and not original 13 size states either). But that is part of the
adventure I guess. After a while I started to get excited about the idea
As much as it pains me to say this, based on my
afternoon in Madison, I would have to say that it rivals, if not exceeds Ann
Arbor as a great college town. I only have a few hours of data, but the
trend didn't look good. Chris, this in no way should be taken as giving
props to the University of Wisconsin, and certainly not their athletic
program, it is just the town I am speaking about.
This interesting shop had all sorts of little
pipes labeled "for Tobacco use only".
I was standing by my van, and some guy
walking down the street apparently noticed my Virginia tags and stopped to ask
the correct pronunciation of "Henrico". He thanked me and told
me I had saved him the trouble of looking it up. For my fishing friends,
I struck up a conversation with the owner of a small sporting goods store in
town, apparently he has been a fishing guide for over 30 years and he was
telling me about somebody he had out last weekend who caught a 50" Muskie.
Not knowing anything about fishing I acted really impressed. Stayed in a
campground about 10 miles North of town. Of course, as I was headed
there, I noticed a lot of banging when I hit bumps in road.....so when I got
there, I checked it out....and the bottom bolt of the left rear shock had come
out. As you may recall I had put new shocks on a few weeks ago, and I
remember tightening those damn things pretty hard, but apparently not enough.
Decided to stay the next day to fix that, do laundry, catch up on email, wash
the van, do some grocery shopping, and clean up the inside. Another
phone call (this one to Karl the Westy guy) to get part specs, and off to
Napa. Once under the car I tightened every bolt on every shock absorber
as hard as I could. I asked Karl about whether I should put loc-tite on
the threads and he said that he has never had to, so I'll just check them
every day for a while. That's about it so far. I am headed for
Sioux Fall SD today, and by the end of the week should be in the Badlands.
From there I'm planning on checking out the Black Hills, and Devil's tower
before heading into Montana.....