We leave the apartment before 10 am, thinking that we will have a large late breakfast along the way. Perkins sounds like a good idea, but we find that three of these restaurants are closed, possibly permanently. The Covid-19 shutdowns have taken their toll, with more to come. I call ahead to the Perkins in Madison and I’m happy to hear that it is open.
Our first night is spent in LaCrosse, Wi. We pull into the downtown LaCrosse Marriott Courtyard hotel and quickly get to our room. The few hotel employees are masked and we are also advised to wear masks. The common areas and the restaurant are closed - social distancing is expected. The hotel is right on the river and there are a few people outside. But there are very few people in the hotel or walking around downtown streets.
This evening we have dinner with our friends Jeff and Paula at their home. The conversation is great. The takeout pizza from a local restaurant is very good and we finish off with Racine Kringle from O&H Bakery. After dinner the guys enjoy cigars as we continue the discussions. But tomorrow is a workday for them and we have the long leg of our trip tomorrow, so we say fond farewells by 10 pm.
After watching a little TV we crash onto our comfy king-sized bed in the Airbnb, our home for the next month.