June 26, 2016 – Joliet, IL to Stoughton (just south of Madison), WI

We’d planned on leaving between 8:00 and 8:30 this morning but looked at the radar weather to the north and noticed the yellow, orange and red images indicating pretty severe conditions heading right across both our destination and planned route of travel.  Instead, we took our coffee and sat by the lake for more than an hour before giving any thoughts to getting ready to leave.

Again, while passing endless fields of corn, occasionally wheat

Corn and Wheat Fields, Dekalb, IL - 2016-06-26

and even sod

Sod Farm

we never seem to tire of the ever-changing colors, patterns and textures of the landscape.

Then there were the picturesque farms

Green Roofed Silo, North Central Illinois - 2016-06-16

Old Barn Amidst Corn Fields, North Central Illinois - 2016-06-16

Red Barn Amidst Corn Fields, North Central Illinois - 2016-06-16\ Tan Silo, Yorkville,  Illinois - 2016-06-16\ Three Barns Amidst Corn Fields, North Central Illinois - 2016-06-16

Picturesque Lutheran Churches.

Lutheran Church, Yorkville, IL - 2016-06-26

We did pass some classic … and colorful … cars.

Classic Car, Yorkville, IL - 2016-06-26

Classic late 1950s Chevrolet with Fins, Yorkville, IL - 2016-06-26

Classic Two-tome Cheve, Yorkville, IL - 2016-06-26

Colorful Travel railer and Jeep, I-88, IL - 2016-06-26

Oh yes, Debbie did continue her quest to shoot every water tower in sight.

Loves Park, IL - 2016-06-26

Roscoe, IL - 2016-06-26

Beloit, WI - 2016-06-26

Rochelle, IL - 2016-06-26

Cherry Valley, IL - 2016-06-26

Dekalb, IL - 2016-06-26

Yorkville, IL - 2016-06-26

When driving highways all over the United States, mileage markers are always indicated using digits for every mile, or every half mile (i.e., 6.5) or every tenth of a mile (e.g., 4.9).  However, until entering Illinois yesterday, I had never seen fractions used.

Illinois Mileage Markers - 2016-06-26

Once in Wisconsin, we pulled in to the Visitor’s Center

Wisconsin Welcome Center Sign, I-90 - 2016-06-26

and were not disappointed.  There was a memorial dedicated to the sixty-two servicemen from the state who were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. 

Medal of Honor Recipients from Wisconsin, Wisconsin Welcome Center Sign, I-90 - 2016-06-26

I was surprised to learn Medal of Honor recipient General William “Billy” Mitchell was a Wisconsin native.

Medal of Honor Plaque, Wisconsin Welcome Center Sign, I-90 - 2016-06-26

For the third travel day in a row, when we got within ten miles of our campground destination we were delayed due to an accident. 

Traffic Jam 1

This time, it took us over an hour to travel less than five miles … then discovering the cause, an overturned travel trailer and damaged pick-up truck which was evidently towing it.

Accident 2

Accident 4

Our hearts ached for the owners and can only hope there were no injuries to any people.

Tonight we’re staying at the Viking Village Campground, one of the prettiest we’ve ever stayed at! 

Viking Village Campground Entrance, Stoughton, WI - 2016-06-26

2106-06-26 - Viking Village Campground, Stoughton, WI - Site 19

Its history is unique for an RV campground. 

On November 1, 1889 in Madison, Wisconsin, the Martin Luther orphan’s home was established by the Norwegian Synod of the Lutheran Church for children orphaned by disease, epidemic, poverty and war.  In 1894, the home was relocated on a donated 52 acre site outside Stoughton.

By 1898, between 90- 120 children were being cared for.  Fire destroyed the girls’ dormitory on Palm Sunday in 1925 (rebuilt in 1927) and the boys’ dormitory in 1934 (rebuilt in 1935).  In 1940 the direction of services changed focus from orphans to troubled youths.

Viking Village Campground - Building 2, Stoughton, WI - 2016-06-26

Viking Village Campground - Building 1, Stoughton, WI - 2016-06-26In 1978, the former Martin Luther Orphan’s Home site was purchased and developed into a Recreational Vehicle Campground and Resort. 

This evening after we took a walk and were headed back to our motorhome we spied a pair of Sand Hill Cranes.

Sand Hill Cranes (a), Viking Village Campground, Stoughton, WI - 2016-06-26

Sand Hill Crane (c), Viking Village Campground, Stoughton, WI - 2016-06-26

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