Thank you to the many blog readers who e-mailed asking if Terry and I were okay when yesterday’s blog didn’t get posted at the usual time. We are fine, we were parked at the Bad River Lodge and Casino in Odanah, Wisconsin, with no cell phone or Verizon air card signal.
We were pretty tired from our day of playing tourist on Monday, and slept in a little bit, not pulling out of the casino until just after noon. It took a half hour or so to get to Ironwood, just inside the Michigan state line, where we could get a signal. We stopped at a rest area long enough to get online and post the blog, and answer a couple of e-mails that needed immediate responses, and then we were back on the road.
In Wakefield, U.S. Highway 2 starts angling southeast, but we opted for State Route 28, which crosses the Upper Peninsula on the north. We’ve been along the southern shore several times, but this was new territory for us. Although our Rand McNally road atlas shows S.R. 28 as a “scenic route” it was actually an excellent two lane road, in very good condition, with wide shoulders most of the way, and spectacular scenery at every bend in the road.
We passed through dense forest, even seeing a sign for a Moose crossing, slowing down for the occasional small town, and enjoying every mile we traveled. The Upper Peninsula is a wild and beautiful place, and the people who live here are called Yoopers, hardy folk who love their unspoiled land, even in the winter, when snow piles up high and the thermometer stays in the negative for weeks on end.
There is water everywhere up here. Big lakes, small lakes, rivers, and streams everywhere you look. We passed dozens of lakes where we would have loved to have stopped and put our kayaks in the water, or cast a fishing line. Someday when we have more time, we need to come back up here and play.
Somewhere along the way, we crossed into the Eastern Time Zone, and mentioned that eight days ago we were in Pacific Time. I’ve heard of jet lag, but can you get RV lag too, from crossing the country so fast?
About 5 p.m. we reached Marquette, a neat town on the shore of Lake Superior, and ten miles east of town, we stopped at the Ojibwa Casino for the night. This is our third casino in three days, all offering free overnight RV parking. Amenities ranged from dry camping at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota, to water and 30/50 amp electric at the Bad River Casino in Wisconsin, to back in sites on dirt and grass here at the Ojibwa Casino, with 30/50 amp electric. And this one even paid us to stay! When we went to check in at the Customer Service desk, they asked us to join their Players Club, and in exchange, gave Terry and I $10 in cash each just for stopping by! How cool is that?
If you haven’t done much casino camping before, give it a try. It can save you a lot of money. We sell a guide to RV friendly casinos in our RV Bookstore. Just scroll about halfway down the page to the listing and order today. If you would prefer to get the guide as an e-book delivered by e-mail, just send me a quick note with your order.
But please folks, just as anywhere else you dry camp, be a good guest. This is what happens when you run your leveling jacks down on blacktop, without using jack pads. We saw this at the Bad River Casino. Isn’t that a nice way to say thank you and show your appreciation for a free RV site with water and electric?
Always use jack pads, like this RVer is doing, even on level pavement. Some RVers use plastic pads, others, us included, use wooden pads. Just use something!
We covered 180 miles yesterday, poking along at about 50 miles an hour most of the day. Today we’ll have another easy day, 160 miles to Sault Ste. Marie, where we’ll stop for a few days before we continue on to Traverse City for Miss Terry’s annual medical checkup next week.
Before I close, a few days ago I mentioned that if there was any interest, we would hold a craft show and sale at our Eastern Gypsy Journal Rally in Celina, Ohio in September. A couple of readers wanted to know if there was any charge for participating in the show. No, it’s all part of your rally fee. But I would appreciate an e-mail letting me know that you’ll take part, so we know how many to plan for.
Thought For The Day – Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.