(This is how I imagine the last day might go.)
I videotape the last breakfast and get a parting word from everybody. (I particularly wanted to get comments from the “boat riders” who chose the more leisurely way to the marina yesterday!) Apparently, the captain had them each drive the boat for a while so they weren’t comatose for the whole voyage. They did look relaxed though!
I can’t wait to get back and edit the tape. It should be a candidate for “America’s Finest Home Videos” thanks to some of the comments that I got on camera!
We pack lunches for those that want them as we had lots of leftovers. Then it was time to say our goodbyes!
5 people are heading west through Iowa and the rest are going north east towards Green Bay. (Actually, they are going to the Road America racetrack up in that area to catch a car race this weekend.) I decide to go with the “Road America” group for half a day because I don’t have to be back at the marina in La Crosse until later this afternoon.
About a half an hour after the boat left, we finally managed to head out. The eastward group (including myself) found some great secondary roads and headed towards Fond du Lac where they would turn north and I would turn back! We stopped at a Dairy Queen in Lodi and dug into our leftovers at a picnic table in the back. Then, there were more goodbyes as I decided to head back across country from there to La Crosse (riding alone for the first time in 4 days).
By the time I got to the marina, the boat was cleaned and the captain and crew were waiting for me at a local hotel. They were going to fly back tomorrow from St. Paul while I continued on a more leisurely pace back to the west coast.
768 miles, a few laughs, some good food, and good company – all in all, a tough way to spend a few days in the summer. I can’t wait to do it again!