Par-A-Dice Casino, East Peoria June 21, 2024

Today’s outing is to the casino that’s 13 minutes away.  Catchy name, Par-A-Dice

As a first for us, the casino is a separate building from the hotel

Another new to us, the casino is in a ship! Allan’s slot machine 

We each gamble $20 when it’s gone it’s gone.   Who parlayed their $20 to $80??  Not me ☹️

Snack time!

What’s that???   A robot delivering food to tables, never saw this before.  It’s made right here in Peoria by Pringle Robotics.  This model is the “Puductor

Brings to food to the table, waiter unloads                   Heads back to the kitchen

Another order 

This is a flash back to the Road America Race on June 9th

Bailey is a TV STAR!!  Spot her?

 

Visit Downtown Peoria Day, June 19, 2024

We found a free parking lot which is a bonus cause we don’t have any change for the parking meters.

What’s strange about this clock tower?   All 4 sides of the clock are showing the correct time! Mags, we thought of you when we saw this…  kinda knew you’d love it.

It’s a quiet town, hardly saw any people, but there aren’t any cute shops.  Seems strange for a downtown.  They do have a trail along the river front which was nice.

What’s missing at this dock?

Boats!!

This is how we do tacos in Bailey.  One of Costco’s inexpensive wines.  Pretty good.

Dessert!!  Freezies are great in this hot weather  June 20th:  Yahoo it’s another laundry day!!

These are the first 2 boats we’ve seen since we’ve been here.

Super Suds here we come!  It’s in a neighbouring town, Washington, much like Lethbridge most places are 15 minutes away.  We are super pleasantly surprised; there is only one other person doing laundry and there’s tons of machines.  Best – it’s super clean!

When the laundry is doing it’s thing, we walk. Got a chuckle out of this signYep, we, rather me, was very excited about how nice the laundry mat is.

Another day, another campground, June 17, 2024

The drive was fun cause we weren’t always on major highways.  It was windy but Allan got it done 🙂 We are in a “heat dome”, first time we have heard this term.  What is it?? A heat dome is a weather phenomenon where a high-pressure area is formed in the atmosphere, which traps hot air beneath like a lid traps air in a pot. The pressure pushes air down into a hotter, dome-shaped mass and prevents the milder weather systems from moving through.

Most everywhere we go we hear “this is not usual for this time of year”.  This normally means it’s friggin cold, rainy, windy.  This time is “it’s not usually this hot”

Current temp

7 day forecast 

Back at the campground; strangest one yet.  No site numbers, the host guides you to your site and no rules sheet.

Our view from the captain seats 

Our walk around the camp grounds.              This photo has a deserted boat

T’is nice here

The beach

How ever did this monster ship get on land?  Tomorrow, downtown – we think 🙂

Casino Outing, June 14, 2024

It was a must to visit the Ho-Chunk Casino, that we thought was connected to our resort, was really 23m away.  Super glad that it’s non smoking.

  Poker is my favourite

The big win for us was fueling at the gas station on the casino grounds.  We paid $3.01/g; most stations are at $3.24g.

We’re heading back to the Wis Dell main street to walk the strip.  We need steps.  Some of the sights…

Park anywhere you want in this lot       …  More importantly, we’re here to try fried cheese curds.

She’s preparing the goodness 

These are goodness overload!

Our take away haul 

They have a trademark on the cheese bread!  It too is flippin amazing.  Sad we’ll not be able to get it anywhere else.  We are still missing boiled peanuts that we enjoyed while in the south eastern states.

We’ve seen Zoltars in many places, fortune reader extraordinaire, this is our first Trump.  It even sounded like him, wonder if it was Trump approved?

Proof I’m an angel! 

We gave up ducking quite a while ago, getting ducked however, did make us smile.  We’ll pass this fellow on.

Back at the park we have our first Old Fashion 

Outside the bar these ladies were selling “flat bread tacos”  Yvette, the bar tender told us they are delicious and huge, we just had to get one.

It was delicious and huge, we shared one and still had left overs

After this big day it’s fire time!! 

Adventures continues, June 12/13/2024

It’s that dreaded time, find a laundry mat.

First we go to visit a meat store. They have delicious smoked sausages, and this cow LOL

There is one 10 minutes up the road, we check it out eww, small, crowded, smelly, we are not fans.  We popped into the General Store and Allan found himself another  

Let’s try Wis Dell’s laundry…  Church Street Laundry for the win, if you can call it that.  Laundry tomorrow, we’ll go early to hopefully to avoid crowds.

June 13th:  903a, that’s early for us,  Allan springs to action!!  $7.50 for the large washer. Fortunately all our clothes fit!  A little victory 🙂

The laundry mat is around the corner of the main street in Wis Dell.  It’s an action packed, tourist strip that remind us of Niagara Falls.  It even has a Ripley Believe it or Not. While our laundry is getting squeaky clean, we venture to see what we’ll see in the 1/2h we have.

House of Jerky wasn’t open yet but I can’t imagine enjoying alligator, kangaroo, etc. jerky.   I just bet they have bold flavours. Wonder if we’ll return when they are open??

Some of the sights…  Wisconsin is famous for cheese, that’s Allan in Carr Valley Cheese buying the most delicious curds!

Our resort, that didn’t come with a casino, did come with a complimentary drink a day It’s really didn’t turn out to be every day as they are closed on Mondays/Tuesdays.  Wednesday they didn’t open cause the bar tender had a matter to deal with.

Thursday a drink, we asked what the signature drink is and Old Fashion.  Neither one of us have ever had one; “The old fashioned is a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters and water, adding whiskey or sometimes brandy, and garnishing with an orange slice or zest and a cocktail cherry. It is traditionally served with ice in an old fashioned glass.”

Only one problem, she does have the cherry (someone is out buying it now) and it’s essential for the drink.  I end up with Vodka/Club Soda; Allan has a shot, Papa Bear was made with butter scotch & whisky.  Secret ingredient a sprinkle of salt!

Back to Bailey we go for dinner followed by a fire.  It poured earlier so the pit was still wet. 

Race done: On we go, June 10, 2024

We’ll be at a campground for a week.  Need to dump our tanks and refill water, destination Ho-Chunk Casino & RV Resort in Lyndon Station, WI.  The road in was a little sketchy are we on the right road?

Then we see the office     

Our site   

The view from Bailey’s captain seats. A lot quieter than our last site.

What’s missing?  The casino!  Seems many make the same mistake, maybe the park advertising?  Oh well, we’re not gamblers.

On our walk to explore the park!  Turtles turtles, oh I love turtles. He found a puddle to bask in.    Fire time!  Love my water or ??? cup, thanks fire god!

Road America, Race Day, June 09, 2024

Who’s happier???  What are the results???

2 races in 2 weeks!  Can life get any better?  We decided to watch the race️️ from Bailey to see the pit action. Besides, beer will stay chilled and wine & snacks are handy.  🙂  We found Allan’s favourite Mexican beer that he discovered in PV ….

Not many photos as we were focused on watching, the first one is their pace lap, second is what we watched after they whizzed by!

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Not Josef but one of my least favourite drivers… Will Power.  He does have a sad story, (click here is you want to read about it) but he was an ass before the illness began.

Results…  Joseph 2nd; Pato 8th….

… which means my car is first! 

 

Allan being a good sport after the race.  Playing King’s Cribbage

 

 

 

The disassemble pit boxes and vehicles leaving begins.  Begins with 7 semis, note how tall the orange NTT Data vehicle is.   Why?  What do they do up there? Hard to see from the camera angle but it’s at least 6 feet taller.  How do they make it under overpasses?

In little to no time, they are all gone.  I did have a photo of the orange unit but it’s gone.  They did lower the top part below the windows making it standard height.  Still wonder why they require that extra height.

It was an absolutely fabulous race weekend. Made more fabulous because….

 

Slowly looking up June 05/06/07, 2024

June 5th:  Not a fan of laundries but it’s better than nothin!  Yesterday, 2 loadsFortunately we have an appointment to have our washer looked at, unfortunately it’s not till the end of July.

Next, our appointment to have Bailey’s 2 chips done.

June 6th:  Take 2 for a Bailey & Bob wash.  We’re hoping this one lasts longer than the last one, had the wash then drove through the worst rain storm!

Things seem good…Bob’s Blue Ox repair seems to work.  Bailey’s new slide control worked, don’t want to jinx anything but so far so good!

As normal there was road construction galore and we had to use an alternate route but we made it!  Being lead to our site at this massive track! 

Our home for the next 4 days, we couldn’t be happier!!  Pits are right in front of us 🙂

Thursday USF2000 Qualifying at Canada Corner

In the market for a Porsche, this one is a mere 1/4 US mil  Friday at the races is get acquainted with the surroundings (normally Thursday is not go to the track day so we had a bonus day).

Only IndyCar action today is practice at 3pm.  We’re watching events from different locations (yesterday Canada Corner today Turn 5) as there is no such thing as assigned seats.  The grounds are yours for the taking. Where’s the best??  Plus have never seen so many golf carts!  This is nothing, I should have taken a photo of the rental spot.

Practice results…Can’t wait for tomorrow!

Leave Detroit Day, June 03, 2024

Wake up to a fog advisory.  Our view, not very view-y, can’t see Canada anymore  Since we’ve been here we see a dude sit in an office chair in the parking lot across from the hotel.  Why?  When we first noticed him he had several beer bottles on the ground.  He sits, slumps, sits.  Everyday we’ve been here. There he is in the second photo., I took this right before leaving.

We leave about 730a hoping the drive back will be better ie less construction.

Good bye Detroit, it’s been a blast! We are going a different route as we’re going through Mishawaka.  We are picking up a slide control from Lippert.  For quite a while now, Allan has had to move the controller from the kitchen side to the big slide to get them to open/close.  A new controller has been hard to find, now getting it from the source 🙂

Love to know this story, the heavy tow is lifting this 5 ton between a truck weigh scale and the highway.  How did he get there?  Allan’s story on how… The driver had some wobbly pops, drove by the scale realized his error and turned – straight into the ditch!

What are we seeing?  Pato’s, Allan’s driver, motorhome.  We ended up passing him, yahoo Allan one Pato zero (not that Pato was in it)

Heading to Chicago’s O’Hare’s

Back with Bailey at 2.57 or 3.57 our time. 

Yes the trip back was much better!

Put everything away. what time is it?  Watch the race on TV of course 🙂

Was a great race weekend!

Detroit Grand Prix, RACE Day June 02, 2024

                                                                                                                                               Wake up to dreaded rain!  Rain, rain go away!  This is our first, attending, race in what feels like forever.  Please don’t be cancelled.

All radio-ed up.  We normally put on our radios at our seats but because the radio equipment is not waterproof we thought it best to gear up here and put on our raining coats protecting us and the equipment.

The give aways at the concourse included Cadillac T-shirts, turns out they are good quality, hand sanitizer, magnets, a tote, small screwdriver set,  and this is Allan playing Plinko winning a flashlight.

In honour of the decades we attended the Toronto Indy, we are sitting in corner 3️⃣

The fly over prior to the race   

No rain yet, we’re racing!   

This was one of the craziest races ever!!  The first three-quarters of the race was pure chaos, with all eight caution periods and 47 caution laps in the first 73 laps. The longest stretch of green-flag racing during that span was 13 laps, making strategists’ heads spin on the pit wall as they mulled options on the fly while on the radio with drivers.

No the rain had nothing to do with the mayhem, it never did rain only sprinkle a few times.

   

It ended with Josef crashing, they did get him back out 6 laps down.

We went into this race with Josef 7 points behind Pato.  Not bad considering he won the season opener but they stripped him of that win for some nonsense reason.

Results now:  Pato 160 points, 4th place; Josef 128 10th place

Oh well, next week!

This building fascinates me; I’d love to see it when it was completed.  Wonder what the top will be.