Pt 75 – Getting Cheesy in Green Bay

Monday, July 29th – Tuesday, July 30th 2013

Before leaving Minnesota, we grabbed one more coffee back at “Duluth Coffee Company” then crossed the state line into Wisconsin.

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We took Route 13 South along the shore of Lake Superior until we got to Apostle Island National Lakeshore, stopping at Meyers Beach, WI to ask the ranger about hiking.

It seems like most of the fun is on the islands rather than along the shoreline, so since we didn’t have a boat or the spare money for a kayak rental, we headed to Sand Bay, WI to stroll around the pier, then to Bayfield, WI which had more of a town to explore.

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We got our coffee fix at “Big Water Café” before heading down to the pier, then went window shopping back in town. Before leaving, we ate wild rice burgers, fries, and spicy cucumber salad at “Wild by Nature Market and Café.” It took a little while to get service, but the food was well worth the wait, and they ended up giving us two cookies for free since they were so busy with to-go orders.

We filled the tank in Washburn, WI before continuing along Route 13 South to US-2 East to US-51 South. It was a long drive until we reached our final destination for the evening in Wausau, WI.


It was a rainy morning drive along Route 29 East. We passed a lot of turkeys and what looked like large brown cranes before we made it to Oneida, WI for gas and gas station showers which we scored for free!

Trevor was dying to get a tour of Lambeau Field, so of course, we stopped in Green Bay, WI, got our passes, then ate in the van as we waited for the tour to start.

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I’m not a huge sports fan by any means, but I have to admit, even I enjoyed the tour! I was slowly becoming a “cheesehead”.

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I thought it was cool that the community is considered the owners of the team, and that they still used bleachers in their stadium. They had considered switching from the bleachers to more modern individual seating, but in doing so, they would lose 12,000 of the current seating arrangements resulting in a loss of 12,000 ticket sales and an equal number of angry fans to make phone calls to. So they decided to keep them. They also have one of the longest waiting lists for season tickets with an average wait of over 30 years, with a list of approximately 86,000 names. They have played in their original city longer than any other team in the NFL, and are the third-oldest franchise next to the Cardinals and the Bears, dating back to 1919.

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After the tour, we headed downtown for coffee and WiFi at “The Daily Buzz Espresso Bar” before taking I-41 South out of Green Bay. Along the drive, we saw an airshow taking place by Oshkosh, WI, then ran into some rainy weather as we continued on Route 26 South to US-151 to the very small Walmart in Sun Prairie, WI.


Jump Back to Part 74: Scooby Doo, Dragon Boats & The Fur Trade

Jump Ahead to Part 76: Hoarding, Pipe Organs & The World’s Largest Carousel

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Start Over at Part 01: The Blue Bubble, Freebies & A Rude Awakening

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