Posted by: mckenzie68 | September 5, 2010

Prairie du Chien. Yes indeed, French for Prairie Dog!…September 3 or Day 138

I was so excited.  The sun was shining, there was not a rain cloud in sight, and we were both up early, the day beckoning us to ride like the wind. Mother nature was not kidding!

Rae and I began following the Mississippi river in a north west direction, and we took secondary roads the whole way!  Over the years the Mississippi river has cut a pretty deep valley through the country side around the Wisconsin-Minnesota border.  I wanted to follow the river north because the last time we crossed it we were in New Orleans, and I wanted to experience some of the scenery along it’s northern stretch.

We were not on the road for more than about 20 minutes when we got more than riding like the wind, it was more like the wind hammering us down, with the odd slap thrown in for good measure.  Imagine riding a straight stretch of road with your motorcycle leaned at an angle as if you were taking a corner…IT WAS THAT WINDY!!!  Then it clouded over and got quite chilly, down to about 15 degrees Celsius, and it was not log before mother nature tried to dislocate my injured shoulder.

Needless to say we did not ride very far but we did end up in a place with an interesting name, Prairie du Chien, or Prairie Dog!  We found a place by the Piggly Wiggly store and we were never so happy to be off the motorcycles and out of the wind!  I was so cold all I wanted to do was jump into the hotel hot tub, which is just what I did…aaaaahhhhh!

Once Rae and I had warmed up enough, we discovered that we were hungry. We went across the street to Culvers restaurant.  We had not been there before and were impressed by the food, but more importantly, the service by the staff at this particular location.  I was so impressed with the young man who took our order, he was completely over the top friendly and genuinely interested in making our experience at this restaurant perfect. There was a second young man who was going around cleaning the tables while it was quiet and even stopped at our table to ensure that we were ok.  I would love to know who trained these two young men, because they certainly epitomized the quality service side of things.

We had to check out the Piggly Wiggly store which turned out to be a local grocery, also with outstanding service.  Nice little town!

We retired to the room hoping that the heavy winds would subside prior to our heading out tomorrow!

Ray

The Piggly Wiggly...you could even collect Piggy Points at various places in town. LOL. Funny. =o)

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