Mostly sunny — clouds came in the afternoon. But the rain held off til dark. Not so much volume shooting today. Lots of road detours and bridge repairs. Only one little heart-stopping event.
I was in Racine looking for a spot to get the dogs their last dose of Great Lake. The HobNob is usually my spot but there was repainting going on there and the owner was present — running them down that steep slope would be a big no-no. So, I went a bit further south and found a super skanky abandoned motel. The cliff to the beach was very steep but there in the weeds, a handy set of metal stairs — like 100 steps but down to the water. All good there, huge crashy waves that Grem wisely wanted no part of. But Nik battled it out — ANYthing for the toy.
As I was leaving and about to pull onto the major highway (Sheridan Rd) into heavy traffic, Sparkle stalled out. No power. Wouldn’t restart. So I was a real man and got one of my fuses out from the garage that couldn’t fix my problem a couple of weeks ago. Popped the hood, found the right fuse, and, voila, Sparkle restarted. I was a bit freaked out for the first few hours but no further problems. So I know it will do me no good to go to a garage about this one. No check engine light ever came on. All I can do is keep-a-driving and in the back of my mind be prepared to coast in a safe direction if it happens again. It’s been, what, a couple weeks now since this happened, and driving 12+ hours per day?
Let’s start the show with a little mcm (mid-century modern) bank in Waukesha. The cool clock was right — we start as soon as the sun is workable — and this was maybe the 10th stop of the day.
The world’s most beautiful gas station photo ever — if not for about 10 cars and big-ass trucks. In Durham:
In Caledonia. Yes, I was so wanting to pose the kids with this Yogi at this Jellystone Park. But there were horses in the background and I figured not a good idea after the Duck Debacle about a week ago. I’ve never seen a sitting Yogi like this — surely modern, and I suspect inspired by the Ronald McDonald bench:
In Sturtevant — this abandoned motel has been turned into a haunted house of sorts. Or at least that was the most recent use. I have read that the building might be torn down for expansion of the nearby interstate.
From Powers Lake. I’ve never seen a post office use a recycled barn before:
Gloomy grey skies moving in — the Cheese Box in Lake Geneva:
The remaining photos tonight from Lake Geneva:
A real tragedy here. This Pizza Hut had the original Pete signs on the front of their building until recently. Some destructive idiots ripped off his arms. When I didn’t see the signs originally, I checked to see if they were moved inside. Luckily, the owner was there and had them in his truck so I could get a photo. He’s going to repair them and give them to a school in town. The corporate headquarters wanted them gone anyway. Here’s a vintage view of what these signs looked like — the Lake Geneva building pretty much looks the same, just repainted:
Really feeling the pain here of all the driving and lack of sleep. Trying for an earlier bedtime tonight. Tomorrow, more SE Wisconsin and a little mini trip across the border to Illinois. Then upwards we go, with hundreds of stops towards Minnesota. Thinking maybe Monday-ish in Minneapolis/St. Paul.