An overnight stop on a long road-trip
Although it had taken us three long days of driving to reach Eau Claire from New Brunswick, Canada we had settled into a nice routine of cruise-control on the American Interstate highway system. By mid-October, the long winter nights are starting to set in, so 10-hours a day is about all you can squeeze out of it before the numerous deer begin to dart out unexpectedly while you are at full tilt - just not worth the risk.
I had spent a few days in Milwaukee, Wisconsin a few years before on business, but this was our first trip through the western part of the state. The landscape was quite impressive, with its glacially carved stone formations, but we were a bit put-off by the numerous garish water-slide theme parks and the odd casino that have plunked themselves down beside the highway in this unique wilderness area. However, I guess that is to be expected, since this has been a prime American tourist area for over 100 years!
At the end of the day, we had a fantastic meal and a beautiful sleep!