Wednesday 4th June/ Thursday 5th June
Today we left Chicago in the rain and picked up a few new contikians that were doing the second half of the trip with us.
We stopped in at Milwaukee for lunch then over to the Miller Brewing Company for a contiki included beer tour 🙂
Not that I drink beer but it was still exciting. I was going to at least try what they gave us, just to say I tried it.
The Miller Brewing Company was originally founded in 1855, by Mr. Frederick Miller with a special brewers yeast and an ambition to brew confoundly good beers! For 160 years now, the brewing company has been said to be leaders in the brewing industry and still to this day calls Millwaukee home.
We toured through the historic caves and packaging factories and ended the tour in the sampling pub where we each tried about 4 different beers. I tried a sip of each of mine as they came out then I passed mine on discretely to the next person for them to enjoy 🙂
On our way to Madison after the brewery tour, there were a couple of tipsy individuals who really endulged in their beer at the brewery haha.
That night our contiki accomodation was at the Econolodge Madison.
My plan for that evening was to stay in and do a serious catch up of laundry after dinner! Things were getting dire in the clothing department.
We had dinner at the Hometown Buffet ( I don’t know why I am bothering tagging the restaurant link for this one, as yet another place that is closed since the contiki lol)
The contiki bus driver was going to drop everyone who wanted to go out for the night to a local bar and everyone else was to stay on the bus to go back to the hotel. Well, originally, my plan was the latter. HOWEVER!
As per usual contiki style, I was very easily convinced by my new contiki friends to come out and not be a homebody.
This new thing called, FOMO (fear of missing out) was real. I really didn’t want to miss out on all of the fun that my friends were having if I was stuck back at the hotel doing boring laundry. Hmm, yeah laundry can wait haha.
The bar that night was the Red Rock Saloon, the cutest cowboy bar I had ever seen 🙂
There was a local duo playing country music up on the stage and our bartender was very generous on her free pour. In return, I know she made her tips that night. The more we tipped, the stronger the next drink became.
The evening continued with turns on the mecahnical bull in the corner and everyone busting a move on the dance floor to the country music 🙂
The next day, we left Madison very early on the bus to head to the SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota.
After our brief stop at the museum, we had a very long bus afternoon ahead of us, travelling 315 kilometers from Austin, Minnesota to Siuox Falls, South Dakota.
Our dinne that night wasn’t contiki included but we chose to go to the local ‘Outback Steakhouse. Our contiki manager recommended it so that we could have a bit of local home experience for us Australians. Haha, well I know ‘cheese fries’ and ‘shrimps’ are far from Australian, but nice try!
Finally that night after dinner, we all mutually agreed that it was time for some chill out time. Some went to see a movie, others stayed in and caught up on laundry and others just phoned home to check in.