Sunday, November 13, 2005

Location: Wisconsin

We are checking in from what seems to be the other side of the world. Normally, you would only consider vacationing in Wisconsin in the late fall or winter for skiing or snowmobiling however, we're headed west by northwest on a mission. We are laying a track for our planned Cushman Scooter run to Sturgis. Steinbeck mentioned something in ‘Sea of Cortez’ about carrying 2100 bottles of beer to stay healthy on a biological expedition. Leelee and I avoid the Rickets by packing jars of Tequila and Tang; our biological study would be Tater.

If you want to find the biggest anything especially if it is made of fiberglass, look for it in Wisconsin. Neillsville is home of the largest fiberglass cheese, a replica of the 17 ton cheddar displayed at some world's fair. Along with the largest cheese, Neillsville also lays claim to the world's largest talking cow. La Crosse, claims the world's largest six-pack at the Heileman brewery. The most impressive, world's largest anything, must be displayed at the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward. Unlike Big Musky the dirt digger in Ohio, this musky is the world's largest fiberglass fish as well as the largest fiberglass structure.

Not exactly the largest of anything yet interesting is the Brooks Stevens design studio in Grafton. Brooks Stevens began his career in 1934 and he and his design studio have compiled a long list of design accomplishments. Notables include design work for Willys Jeep, Studebaker, Excalibur, Harley Davidson and most recently Polaris ATV and Victory motorcycles. Arguably his most famous accomplishment appeared in the late 1950s. Brooks Stevens is the father of the 1958 Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile.

We found the Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile stuck high in a ditch . While blowing out the carbon, the driver realized that the brakes were no better than you would find in a 1983 Husqvarna. It had been mothballed for some time and he had taken it for a spin. Luckily, we were able to "link" the camper to the wheeled lunchmeat and pull it on to dry road. Tater scrambled atop the vehicle for the ride. In the bright Wisconsin sunshine, he looked like Slim Pickens riding an H-bomb in that "Dr. Strangelove" movie. Old’ Lukas, the driver was so happy that he invited us to his house for a hearty fried baloney lunch with all of the trimmings including my favorite, baked beans seasoned with bacon and lard to taste. All during lunch he talked about his father working in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Mount Rushmore. He said the old-timers told stories of a great treasure hidden in the area and that if we were headed west we should try our luck... Why not, it is on the way.

*Photo courtesy of Weinermobile History,


At 11:50 PM, Blogger josh williams said...

Sitting under the Christmas tree at age 6 do you think this cat in his wildest dreams imagined he could invent the winner mobile?

At 8:48 PM, Blogger madman said...

Let me know how that works out for you. However, with a mind like yourn--you are needed in Washington.

At 10:18 AM, Blogger josh williams said...

Dont say nuthin stupid Roscoe he is going to put you in a position of power, GREAT POWER!


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