Driving on Interstate 90 in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana was quite horrible with endless miles of incomplete road construction, badly damaged tarmac and insane drivers who are oblivious to the lanes they are supposed to stay in and what the passing lane is for. Long gone were the twisty mountain roads and stunning vistas only to be replaced by tractor trailers weaving across our path with wild abandon. Fortunately we had an enjoyable morning exploring downtown Madison while we were in search of espresso and some take-away lunches. Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse (motherfools.com ) typified the entire community surrounding it; bohemian Communists art-punks. Banksky-esque street art is on display on many of the walls. For a takeaway lunch, we were recommended to stop by Willy Street Co-op, where we found an amazing grocery/health food store that made fantastic sandwiches. A fantastic vibe is palpable in this quiet and very historic downtown. Among its many eclectic shops are some great breweries, coffee shops, art galleries and ethnic cafes all easily walked or driven to thanks to the lack of traffic and relaxed pace of the populace.
Our first rest after several hours of torture on interstate 90 was in Munster Indiana at Three Floyds Brewery (3floyds.com) . A quick break for a microbrew then back on the highway with our destination being Holland Michigan. Holland, being settled by Dutch, includes an authentic windmill that Dinky was keen on visiting. The beautiful and quite affluent downtown is also home to New Holland Brewing (newhollandbrew.com) , a great microbrew company that also includes a great restaurant. Main street also is home to many upscale shops that display plaques telling of the buildings previous Dutch origins.