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Prairie Du Chien To Paris’ To Wadsworth, Illinois


Love’s Truck Stop

Wadsworth, Illinois

June 5, 2022





Kinda crazy you can buy airplane bottles of liquor as you check out of the Walmart in Prairie Du Chien.



Old brands available at Walmart. The Hamm’s was $13 for a 30 pack.


The Midwestern version of In ‘N Out? Bigger menu. The cod is decent, not great. Ate here for lunch after spending four hours or so on the McDonal’s wifi updating my blog.

This equipment reminded me of Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Anne. In case you don’t know it:


Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (ISBN0-590-75803-9) is a children's book by Virginia Lee Burton. First published in 1939, in the wake of the Great Depression, it features Mike Mulligan, a steam shovel operator, and his steam shovel Mary Anne. It is considered a classic favorite of children's literature: based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Associationlisted the book as one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."


Still traveling through farmland in the south-central part of Wisconsin.


I was driving in the Madison area. It was a shock to be driving near a major city — six lane roads, vehicles (more than just Fords and Chevys) going fast, all kinds of development along the road. I was thinking how few out of state cars I’d seen except close to the borders with Michigan and Iowa — Wisconsin is a bit out of the way. Then I saw this license plate which is from Wisconsin but …



I forget what town I was in - it was east of Madison - when I came across the world’s largest Culver’s. Worth at least two photos:




Next stop — Paris, Kenosha County, Wisconsin.




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