Friday, July 26, 2013


Leaving South Dakota I made a series of "hops" across the upper Midwest continuing on my way to Michigan.  The first was a free (that magic 4 letter word) overnight at Crystal Lake County Park outside Gibbon, MN where I stayed two nights.  It's a pleasant little park without hookups so the solar setup on the Tank was pressed into service but with two cloud-free days the system kept the cell phone, tablet and laptop topped off.

Had to relocate from this spot..too much shade!
On Tuesday Crystal Lake was calm so I got the kayak off the roof of the Tank and paddled around for a while--great arm exercise!

Ready to launch!
From Crystal Lake Park I moved to the Ho-Chunk Casino in Black River Falls, WI for another night of free (yay!) parking.  They have three spots with 20 amp (120 volt like in your house) free hookups so to take advantage of the free juice I ran an extension cord to a power strip inside the Tank and plugged in/charged the electronics from there.

The tribe has 5 other casinos besides this one.
The Ho-Chunk, also known as the Winnebago, are a Siouan-speaking tribe native to the Wisconsin-Minnesota area.  They were the dominant tribe in their territory in the 16th century and numbered in the several thousands.  In the 1990 census their number was placed at 7000.  After hours of blackjack at a $3 table I left with $29 dollars of their money but bought two meals in their snack shop so, hopefully, it was a good deal all around.

On to Michigan.

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