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On Wisconsin

Posted by schroeder915 on November 28, 2006

I’m back!

Observations from my road trip up to Wisconsin for the Thanksgiving holiday:

  • I crossed the Tallahatchie Bridge in Mississippi.
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  • Stars!
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  • Graceland smells like a toilet from the highway.
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  • A huge meteor from the Leonid meteor shower streamed green before disintegrating over East Prairie, Missouri.
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  • The road that travelers take to visit Ronald Reagan’s birthplace of Tampico, Illinois, is (appropriately) a toll road. In fact, across 1200 miles of travel, it was the only toll road I encountered — and expensive at that: $1.90 per toll. Including the additional toll I had to pay because the signage for the exchange off ramp was so poor, I spent $5.70 to get the hell out of Illinois.
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  • There’s a no-fee ATM in Madison next to the bookstore.
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  • Wisconsin farm country north of Madison smells like cheese curds.
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  • Coming back down to New Orleans from Wisconsin, I observed that Mississippi has the prettiest scenery along the I-55 of any state. Wisconsin and Louisiana are close seconds.

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The Glaciers which made Wisconsin hilly didn’t reach the flat farmland of Illinois. In their own way, the wide open spaces are still beautiful.

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State Street, Madison.

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Memorial Union overlooking Lake Mendota must be one of the finest student unions in the country.

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One of the best sledding spots on a cafeteria tray in Madison is Observatory Hill.

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Driving back to Louisiana, a piece of the Natchez Trace on a foggy morning.

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The forests alongside the Natchez Trace contain a wide variety of trees. The leaves from this tree were among the most colorful.

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I knew I was back in New Orleans when I hit this traffic jam in Metairie.

More photos.

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