I woke up around 5am Thursday to the sound of heavy rain. Little did I know that I would hear more during the Jamboree. I had my 1926 TuDor all packed and ready to go. I just wanted to wait for the morning rush traffic to get to work and leave me some better traveling. A little after 9am and I was on the road, sans a navigator. Dan could not make it this year. The Model T and I have driven to northeast Wisconsin and the UP a few times, so this year I wanted to take a different route. I figured that we would try the eastern side of Lake Winnebago, cross the Fox River at Wrightstown, skirt Green Bay on the west side, then follow the waters of Green Bay toward Escanaba. I got to West Bend by 10:30 and had some breakfast and gassed up the car. By 12:30 we were driving through St. Cloud. We grow corn and wind mills in Wisconsin.
Chilton by 1:00 and then an ice-cream stop in Wrightstown. The day had turned up hot as previous days, it was already 85º. Next I followed the Lost Dauphin road along the Fox river.
Arrived in Green Bay just about 3:00 and almost immediately got snarled in traffic. Slowly the Model T worked our way around and we finally got to Oconto for a short rest. Here's a road shot just north of Green Bay. One is what's ahead and the other is what's past.
At 4:40 we rounded into Peshtigo for gas and another rest. It was 85º outside and closer to 95º in the car, and that's with the air on full! A few more miles and I decided to stay in Marinette for the night. I got a Subway sandwich and relaxed in the real air conditioning. Next morning (Thursday) I walked over to MMC to see the Navy's Latoral boats. There were two in the harbor. After a very warm morning walk, got the car started and drove up along the shore of Lake Michigan, or more accurately Green Bay. Much cooler near the Lake.
Stopped in JW Wells State Park to look over the camping stops. Looks to be a nice place. Then turned north on Michigan 551. There was a stretch of dirt road here, but it must have been recently graded so it was OK.
Arrived at the Harris Casino about 11:30, traveled about 250 miles and it was warm again 85º. So first was a shower then to register. I met Joe Van Evera and Roger and his wife working the registration. Had a nice talk and then Steve Shotwell walked in for some more blabbing. I could have gone to the State Fair, but I decided it was too hot, so I stayed and looked at the Model T's in the parking lot and talked to their owners.
I read over the tour guide for Friday and then went to bed.
Friday cooled off a lot and it looked like rain, but no matter, we came to drive. We drove to Iron Mountain, about 50 some miles and stopped and looked at the Historic Iron Mine and the Cornish Pump. I also made a few other short stops to see some local friends. Had lunch with a few other Model T'ers in town and then drove back to the Casino. Here Roger and his wife were serving ice cream in the parking lot. So, some more conversation and with a little ice cream, you can go a long way.
Got up early Saturday with the idea I would do some of my own touring. I just started down Old 2/41 and when I found a road that looked interesting I drove down it. Yogi Berra would say, 'when you come a fork in the road, take it'. Saturday was again cool and it was raining. Sometimes hard, sometimes just drizzle, but wet. I like to find old buildings and imagine who lived or worked there.
Later, I met up with the tourer's at Hermansville for the morning Coffee and Donut stop. Here I got to talk to Mike Phillips, who had some recent health problems, but looked pretty good to me. I'm sure he will fully recover and be covered in Model T grease and oil again.
Next we toured the IXL Museum. Excellent place, if you like old stuff. It was a Doctors home from About 1880 until 1930, then a office for IXL (a hardwood company) then a rooming house until about 1975. Anyway, it is full of old documents, furniture, tools, clothes and most anything you can think of from those days. Then there was some old factory equipment outside, some of it steam powered and others belt driven. We then drove to the Hardwood hall for lunch. I very nice sub sandwich with the usual extra's. By now the rain was letting up some. Here is a couple that was really into driving in the rain, you have to admire them.
Drove back to the Casino, and got the car ready for my return trip on Sunday. I plan on leaving a couple hours prior to sunup, so I want the car gassed, oiled, watered, the whole nine yards. Here I got to talk with John Regan about electric stuff. Helped a speedster with his ignition and a guy with a broken spring on his trailer. Around 6pm was the banquet. Excellent food. Then Joe Van Evera MC'ed the meeting with a few jokes which he never did tell. Apparently you have to met him in the parking lot to find them out. Then Steve Shotwell talked about the next Jamboree, to be announced later.
Got up about 4am Sunday morning and started south. Almost hit a deer just outside of the casino. Saw maybe another half dozen on Highway 551 before sunrise. Got home after 2pm. Drove a little over 700 miles, used about 40 gallons of gas, a quart and a half of oil, maybe a pint of water and a couple pounds of air in right rear tire. Had an excellent time and I'd like to thank Joe & Nancy Van Evera and Roger and his wife for doing so much work and organization on this Jamboree. If you would like to see more pictures of the 2016 Jamboree go to the website
http://www.michiganjamboree.org and click on Picture Galleries on the top left button bar. Hope to see you at the 2017 Michigan Model T Jamboree. Mike
That right rear tire was flat last year. It must be jinxed. Glad to hear you had a great time. Some day I need to travel with you.
Thanks for all the nice pictures and the write up Mike, great story. I hope to do it someday, but don't know how the roads would be from NE Michigan to the U.P., lots of summer traffic up here along US 23. How many miles from home for you?
Nice pictures, Mike.
I was up in Pembine Friday working on my new building. Wish I would of known you were up there, I would of met up with you. Very cool pictures as always.
I saw you going through West Bend Wednesday morning about 11am on your way up north. It appeared that you had just pulled out of the Omicron Restaurant, where you probably had a nice breakfast. I was heading south. I wished that I was in my "T' following you to the U.P.
Thanks for your good report on this trip.
Dave, there is something with that tire, although it's a slow leak. Yup, you need to travel to Michigan, it's just as good as Wisconsin. The people are great.
Jim, in my working days I traveled Highway 2 and 28 a lot between the Soo, St Ignace, Marquette, Iron Mountain, then over to Ontonagon and White Pine. These are the only 'thru' roads, but there are others and you may have to run the highway once in a while.
Kevin, communication is everything. Maybe next time. You know Gary Beaupre lives near there and I worked for a couple years out of Iron Mountain and never bumped into him.
Jim, yup, I was. I knew about the Omicron from all the Model T Universities we had in West Bend. There were a few Wisconsinites beside me there. Jack Leonhardt, Dwayne Fritz, Dan Schultz, Adam Doleshaw, maybe more, but my old memory doesn't keep as good of track as I'd like.
The 2017 Jamboree has not be set yet, but it will be good, don't miss it! Watch the website. Mike
Thanks for the great pictures and storyline !!
It was good to see you there! Nice summary of the tour. I'm not a "pictures" guy, so I appreciate when others take the time to "capture the moment".
Glad you made it back safe & sound.