You’re invited to a HomeAway BBQ with the Truckster near Madison, WI

From the streets of Chicago to the lunch crowds of Third Ward Milwaukee and coming home to our ‘convenient cottage’ just outside of Madison, Wisconsin, today Mondays are for MEETING… meeting friendly faces and warm welcomes all around.

We ran into the Milwaukee area news crew from CBS-58 while making a lunch stop in the bustling Third Ward. If you happen to see the famous Wagon Queen Family Truckster, or yours truly, tonight on the news – let us know how we look!

Then we headed back to John’s old stomping ground from his weenie days at Oscar Mayer: Madison, Wisconsin. The free spirited parents, Kim and Jason, from welcomed us with a pitcher of lemonade. We chatted with them about our travels and let them play around in the Truckster. Look for a bit on the Truckster to show up on their blog soon!

John at Kim and Jason's house

John, Kim and Jason in Madison, WI

Steph at Kim and Jason's Home

With Kim and Jason from

Now, if you’re in the Madison area and interested in making tomorrow a ‘Truckster Tuesday’ =) you are cordially invited to join us for some BBQ at HomeAway Property: 175522. Check out the Facebook event at:

Event details:

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
30977 County Hwy B
Lone Rock, WI 53556

All are welcome!

Please RSVP accordingly on the Facebook event if you’ll be joining us for bratwursts and a photo opportunity to get your picture with the Truckster! And of course, if you can’t make it out on this ‘Travel Tuesday’ you can still celebrate with us by posting a family vacation photo to our Facebook for a chance at the $5000 vacation giveaway.

See you tomorrow!


Ode to the Navy Pier in Chicago

By: Truckie Steph

‘Twas a bright and sunny day,
on the Navy Pier two months after May.
The Truckster wanted to say “hey,”
so we parked at the red gates like a welcoming ray.

Navy Pier, Chicago
By the red gates…

Families aplenty braved the great heat,
smelling of sunscreen and Chicago hotdogs (made with real meat,)
We caught some by surprise – they needed a seat,
when they saw the metallic-green pea and …Edna.


Some had read the Daily Herald,
“We saw you in the newspaper” those people caroled!

Truckster in the Daily Herald

"I saw you in the Daily Herald"

The Phillies are playing the Cubs on TV,
and lots of fans are still waiting for that winning spree.

“You were just in Niagara, I heard,”
said the man who nearly escaped the droppings of a bird.

Hoping tomorrow I’ll see the famous ‘Bean.’
It’s said to be shiny and round – but not green.

One thing is for sure – at an auto show we’ll be.
Find out which one by following me!

(Twitter: @homeawaytrip)

Greetings from the Midwest, we’re enjoying Chi-town galore,
Come check us out today with ‘Texas on Tour,’
But if you can’t make it, we’re here until Monday… stay tuned for more.

Navy Pier with Truckster

Fireworks will sound tonight,
Yes, at the Navy Pier, you’ve got that right!