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LEAVING MINNESOTA for WISCONSIN and POINTS EAST

A Visit to Hayward, WI to see friends

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Hi all;

We left Luke & Andie's house at about 0930 having parked the motorhome in their driveway for the past 2 weeks. We crossed the St. Croix River into Wisconsin and drove the 150 miles northeast to Hayward where our friends reside. The Nathan's have a very busy real estate business there and we were able to park overnight in their spacious office parking lot. After gathering at their condo with mutual friends, Frank & Doris Betchkal, for appetizers we enjoyed dinner together at a local establishment. Hayward is a small community of about 2,500 people, according to the Census, but swells to 35-40,000 during the summer vacation season. There are numerous lakes in the area with expensive waterfront homes/cottages gracing the shores. Many doctors from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MI along with industry executives summer here, all of which is good for Gary's real estate business. The community is the site of the World Lumberjack Competition drawing thousands of spectators in the summer. In the winter a World-Class cross country ski race is held with 10,000 skiers registered, again drawing thousands of fans. It is a pretty unique community.
On the way and about 20 miles from our Hayward destination we were alerted by a passing motorist that our exhaust pipe was dragging on the roadway. This happened fortunately, in Spooner, WI and within a city block we pulled into an Ace Hardware lot. I went inside, bought a small roll of wire and wired it up off the pavement. We continued on into Hayward. Gary/Shari called several muffler shops for a quick appointment, but to to no avail.
Plan B was to call Chas, their son-in-law who is mechanically gifted. He agreed to fix our problem and did. It was a wonderful stroke of luck.
This morning we met the Nathan's for breakfast before leaving, promising to meet in Florida this winter. We drove about 150 miles south eastward and stopped at a rural campground just west of Wausau. When I say 'rural' that is exactly what it is. It is for an overnight rest stop on our way to Sturgeon Bay and the Door peninsula on Lake Michigan. We are to spend an extra day there for there is much to see. Until next time....................

Dick & Pat

Posted by dixter 12:52 Archived in USA Tagged hayward

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