Yellowstone Trail in Wisconsin….

We’ve spent the last two days in Wisconsin having a great drive on the YT through some super scenery and excellent back roads. I’d just like to say that  the YT has been a great choice for our final World Tour US leg. Anyone looking to do a local or cross country drive  should really check out the Yellowstone Trail….good roads, great history and scenery…I really don’t understand why it’s not better known and more traveled.

OK, on to the blog. We left Illinois last Sat AM and headed into Wisconsin following the YT route along the Lake Michigan shoreline then on to Milwaukee. At that point we left the trail and made the short detour to Hartford, WI, the home of the Wisconsin Automotive Museum. This is a “must see” if you are in the area as it features Wisconsin built cars including Kissel, Nash, AMC and as well as other unique car brands as well as historic dirt track racing displays and a fully restored steam locomotive….

The reason for the detour off the YT trail was to meet up with Mark Mowbray, the Executive Director of the Yellowstone Trail Assoc. He kindly agreed to meet up in Hartford for lunch and go over our YT maps….he is a wealth of information  and helped greatly in  our YT routing.

 

Mark and I in front of the Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford, WI

Mark and I in front of the Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford, WI

Luke and Mark Mowbray, the Executive Director of the YT next to the restored steam engine

Luke and Mark Mowbray, the Executive Director of the YT next to the restored steam engine….this baby is BIG !! I’m glad I don’t collect them…

Mark has produced a write up on the Yellowstone Garage located in Fond Du Lac, WI  that his father owned and operated and where Mark worked part time after school. It’s a great read and can be purchased on the YT website…www.yellowstonetrail.org. Mark had told us about the garage and it still exists today, only now called Northern Battery, also across the street is the Yellowstone Trail Park….see photo’s below. He has a lot of history and stories about the place as you can imagine…

 

1930's Yellowstone Garage in Fond Du Lac, WI

1930’s Yellowstone Garage in Fond Du Lac, WI

 

Yellowstone Garage today

We left Mark mid afternoon and drove to Stevens Point, WI for the night and met up the next morning with a tried and true YT fan….Connie Milz and her husband Ray and daughter Val. They were having breakfast in a nearby town, so we stopped to say hello to them and their breakfast group. We continued to drive on and Connie and family caught up with us after breakfast and spent the rest of the day following us and helping to navigate the YT to almost the MN border….we stopped for a quick lunch to talk about the World Tour where they left us and we continued on to Granite Falls,MN for the night.

Connie and her breakfast group....Connie is on the far left

Connie and her breakfast group….Connie is on the far left

I really love this building....it is truly unique. Check out the curved glass block!

I really love this building….it is truly unique. Check out the curved glass block!

A stop along the way to discuss routing...Luke, unkown lady, Val, Connie and Ray

A stop along the way to discuss routing…Luke, unkown lady, Val, Connie and Ray….

Below are a few random photo’s from the afternoon drive…

Back on gravel....

Back on gravel….

Young Amish girls on bikes ....you can only find this on the backroads!!

Young Amish girls on bikes,….you can only find this on the backroads!!

One of many Amish buggy's we came across..

One of many Amish buggy’s we came across..

A rock marker for the Yellowstone Trail

A rock marker for the Yellowstone Trail….back in the day, this is how they used to mark the route!!

The leaves are just starting to turn....autumn in the Midwest is so scenic!!

The leaves are just starting to turn….autumn in the Midwest is so scenic!!

Tomorrow on to South Dakota….Roadster is running great and weather has been very good overall…just a little rain today.

Yellowstone Trail in Indiana…..

It was in the Forties this morning when we left the Sandusky, OH area and headed Westward once again….nice drive on back roads along farms filled with cornfields and bean fields; nothing really exciting….just relaxing with little traffic. It wasn’t until mid afternoon that things got much more interesting with the YT trail in the mid to western section of Indiana; and we came across our first YT Highway Sign!!!

We ended up on some real back roads including  gravel and dirt, which Luke and I really love…….check out the pics below.

Also along the way we found unleaded gas for…..drumroll…..$2.97 a gal. For two California guys, we were amazed at the price to say the least!!

 

Our first YT sign....and we thought we were lost!

Our first YT sign….and we thought we were lost!

Now things are starting to get interesting....our first dirt road!!

Now things are starting to get interesting….our first dirt/gravel road road!!

Further down the road and into some trees...

Further down the road and into some trees…

The underpass was a surprise...

The underpass was a surprise…plus the road ahead was turning to grass….not a good sign

The road ends next to a beautiful pond....The road had been fenced off years ago, however, after studying the map we worked around it and had a great afternoon doing the rest of the route

The road ends next to a beautiful pond….The road had been fenced off years ago, however, after studying the map we worked around it and had a great afternoon doing the rest of the route

Finally, the Roadster next to a YT sign along our afternoon road adventure

Finally, the Roadster next to a YT sign along our afternoon road adventure

That’s it for tonight….I’m beat as we ended up driving through Chicago to just south of the Illinois/Wisconsin border……you can only imagine the traffic on a Fri afternoon during commute hours. Roughly 2 hrs of heart hammering fun!!!  Onward to Wisconsin and more tomorrow!

 

Stay tuned…

Heading West

Today was a long but easy laid back day of travel on the YT back roads….the back roads of the US are to me the best way to travel. Usually light traffic and always unexpected sights and adventures. Part of today’s scenery  included a wide variety of sights, some of which I’ve detailed below thanks to Luke’s out the car window photography.

This will be a short post as we spent the entire day driving from Seneca Falls, NY to Sandusky, OH and I’m ready for B&B….Beer and Bed!!!!

 

Vineyards and Winerys along the roadside, much like driving through Napa Valley

Vineyards and Winerys along the roadside, much like driving through Napa Valley…..this is big wine country!!

Next up, fields of Sunflowers in full bloom

Next up, fields of Sunflowers in full bloom

Finally the shoreline of Lake Erie just past Cleveland

Finally the shoreline of Lake Erie just past Cleveland

Typical of many water front homes along the Lake Erie shoreline....I want one!!!

Typical of many water front homes along the Lake Erie shoreline….I want one!!!

On to Chicago tomorrow…