The road was a lonely place today and I was struggling to stay focused and alert. I made a few stops to keep things fresh, but the 90 degree heat was weighing on me. As I drove across Wisconsin, my one goal was to hit Eau Claire and drive down the streets Justin Vernon used to inhabit before Bon Iver. The town was great little suburban spot with families and a quaint downtown area. People were walking around downtown in bathing suits while carrying inner tubes for spending the hot day on the river. I set my Bon Iver album on a street corner and took a neat little picture.
I'm extremely thankful for this trip, though. I can't believe I'm actually taking a solo trip across the country. It's been fantastic to see so many states that I wouldn't have seen otherwise and to really interact with people in these cities that I'd only seen in pictures and TV. Cities like Milwaukee and Minneapolis aren't necessarily "must-see" locations, but they're great American cities with real, genuine Americans that remind me what this country is all about.