To anyone who cares and perhaps has been watching my travels: this morning I arrived at the big airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Details of that airshow may be found at http://www.airventure.org/ and at http://www.airventure.org/live/.
This is believed to be the world's largest airshow. For one week every year, the small airport in rural Wisconsin has the world's busiest control tower. I brought an aircraft walkie-talkie and have been listening to the tower frequencies. They are busier than New York City's airports.
This place is a zoo! Tens of thousands of motor homes, camping trailers, tents and pup tents, are stretched out as far as the eye can see, along with hundreds of airplanes of all sort: antiques, military, homebuilt, ultralights, trikes, powered parachutes, helicopters, and more. Almost anything that can get into the air is here. I'll post a few pictures later.
I was two days late arriving. Last week, one of the crank-open air vents on the roof of the motor home cracked and was leaking water BADLY during rain storms. It took two days to find a repair shop, get the parts, and get it replaced. However, I finally made it to my destination. Luckily, it is a seven-day event. I only missed the first two days.
All camping spots are available first-come, first served. I guess that also means "last arrived, last served." Since I arrived on the third day, I have a nice looking camping spot that is at least a mile from all the activities with no water, no electricity, and no sewer connections. I am running my generator to charge the laptop's batteries and to get the motor home's refrigerator running to keep my food cool. Luckily, the airshow has dozens of school buses running around providing free transportation to attendees.
There are cars, trucks, and campers here from all over the U.S. and Canada. A "neighbor" camped next to me drove his pickup truck and camping trailer from Alaska to be here.
I arrived this morning in heavy rain, thunder, and lightning. That was quite the entrance! The rain has now stopped and the forecast for this afternoon is high temperatures near 100. I love it!
There is no wi-fi where I am camped and the cell phone is showing only one bar of signal strength. Luckily, the digital "air card" is working (slowly) to give me an Internet connection.