North By Northwest: A Solo Motorcycle Adventure from Georgia to Alaska (Day 5)

July 28, 2019

Day 5 – 7/2/19

Today had the potential to be a monotonous day, with only one point of interest at the very beginning and lots of highway riding, although I had the option of a one-hour detour to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. My decision point would be Madison, so I had several hours to think about it.

First up was a quick ride into downtown Lincoln to see an object of curiosity that I’d read about online: a phone booth on the roof of the Lincoln Fire Department. Yes, you read that correctly. A phone booth on the roof. At one time, it was used by weather spotters (possibly the most junior firefighter) to warn about severe storms approaching. Newer technologies have made this system obsolete, but the phone booth is still up there due to its historic significance, and possibly its ability to pull in tourists like me.

As I approached downtown, I recognized the surroundings from Google Maps and quickly spotted the phone booth. I stopped for a few minutes for some drone photos and video of the phone booth and historic Logan County Courthouse across the street.

default After a very brief amount of time on the old Route 66, I spent the next few hours on the superslab heading towards Madison. And yes, it’s roadwork season everywhere.

There’s one toll before leaving Illinois for Wisconsin, and Craig the toll collector opined that I should ditch my BMW for a Harley. 

I stopped outside of Madison for lunch and a break from the heat and ordered the GoPro Smart Remote for in-store pickup that afternoon at the Best Buy a few miles from my hotel. The weather forecast showed some possible rain around Oshkosh, but I was feeling good and decided to make the detour to the EAA Museum. I’m glad I did, because it’s a great facility with unique and interesting exhibits.

The best or worst time to visit the EAA Museum, depending on one’s perspective, is late July when they host a huge airshow, now known as the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. I read that the estimated attendance in 2018 was 600,000, along with more than 10,000 aircraft. I’m glad I was there without the huge crowds.

I finished up at the EAA Museum and saw that the sky looked a bit threatening. I did ride through some rain for the next half hour, but it wasn’t too bad.

I made a quick stop at Best Buy to pick up the Smart Remote, topped off my gas, and checked into the hotel.

Daily portrait challenge: John points out the best things to see at the EAA Museum.

The Smart Remote worked fine with the GoPro Hero 7 while stationary in my hotel room, but tomorrow would be the real test on the bike.

Total mileage: 383.1

Lodging: Hampton Inn, Plover, Wisconsin