Ride Blog

Each day is filled with so much new info to digest, document and then replay in this blog. I am committed to keep this updated, but admittedly a difficult thing to do after a 350 mile day. End of Day 9's ride brought me into Evansville, IN. Luckily bisected the bad weather. Cedar Rapids was horribly hit today and the massive storm front is just now entering southern Indiana.

Now let me catch you up on the last couple of days, starting with my final ode to Port Washington.

Day 6 started at 6 am with the first coffee served at Smith Bros coffee located catty corner from the Harborview Hotel. Back in the day this was the site of Smith Bros retail fish shop, that was a small part of a the Fish Shanty complex that included a bar and full service restaurant. Smith Bros was the "go to" restaurant in town and attracted regulars who traveled from Chicago and farther away.

Cup of mud in hand, I retraced steps of boyhood fun along the harbor. So much has changed in the last 50 years, but so much has stayed the same. The "anchor", center-piece of many family photos, still adorns the harbor walk. The big coal piles are long gone but the power plant, still keeps Ozaukee County electrified.

As I entered the park from the shore, I came across this plaque with a poignant quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes that hit the bullseye of my Ride 4 Dray. The message was clear - Keep Going!

The band shell is the center-piece of Veteran's Memorial Park, emblazoned with the American flag in recognition and honor of all armed services personnel - active and veterans. A trip to Port is not complete without visiting this part. A grateful salute to all who have and still are serving and protecting our freedom. Thank you!

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Port is a beautiful little town nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan about 30 miles north of Milwaukee. An idyllic location where I lived during my elementary school years, K - 7th grades. Rich memories from an era gone by - where a child's imagination, creativity and playing outdoors was our source of entertainment. No internet, no cell phones, no cable TV, and only 4 TV channels: ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS, limited the amount of time glued to the tube.

Port is a special place. We were constantly reminded of this after my family moved to Bloomington, IL in the summer of 1972. When living in Port, every year family and friends would travel far to visit us there in Port. Those visits dried up when we lived among the cornfields of Illinois.

My Ride 4 Dray would be incomplete without a stop over in Port Washington.

Fresh Lake Perch... yummy!

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  • Jim Clarahan

"Times have changed and times are strange

Here I come, but I ain't the same

Mama, I'm coming home..."

Rerouted my ride for Day 5. Rather than heading to Green Bay, my gut was telling me to go home to Port Washington, where the coolest childhood years a kid could ever want shaped the rest of my life.

My day started on the right track. Dubuque partner, Kerry Azbell, greeted me for a photo op the local RSM office.

A picture postcard day ensued from there, riding across Wisconsin thru New Glarus, home of Spotted Cow beer.

Followed by a pit stop at RSM's Madison office, my 13th office in 5 days.

and then there was Port Washington!

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