August 25, 2001 Sheboygan, WI
Loved our time in Sheboygan! The marina was top notch – nicest facilities we’ve seen. Huge restrooms and showers, swimming pool and hot tub. Marina was in a park, with lots of opportunities to walk. Right in that park was the very interesting recovered wreck from a 100 year old boat! Gave us non-divers a chance to see the remains, walk through and see the structure.
My favorite walk was through an older neighborhood with some really lovely homes, many with large front porches. Dan and I rode our bikes around the first night, exploring the area around the Sheboygan River. We found only one restaurant open, a barbeque and pizza place that was really hoppng. Enjoyed some beverages and a dinner.
A local couple, who are Loopers but not on their boat right now (lucky us!} are not technically Harbor Hosts, but certainly functioned in that capacity. Rich drove us all over town, showing us the various areas and relating some history and local color. He drove us to the grocery store for a much needed provisioning. The next morning, we were scheduled for a Kohler factory tour that started at 8:00. Rich volunteered to pick us up at 7:30 and drive us there and back – what a hero! That evening, he and Sue met us at our boat for some before dinner drinks. That afternoon, some other Loopers arrived, and they joined us for the drinks. They were three brothers, who bought a boat together and are doing the Loop. Lots of fun conversation. Amazingly, Rich and Sue were desperate to find a marina or dock space near Ft. Myers at Christmas time. One of the brothers has a home with an 80 foot dock in Cape Coral, very near Ft. Myers. Their dock will be unused at that time, so Rich and Sue, plus their traveling buddy boat can stay there! What a fortuitous meeting! After drinks, Rich, Sue, Dan, and I went out for a Mexican dinner.
Next stop Port Washington.