6427 Miles: A Tour of America
By Gerard Forgnone
Friday, September 13, 2013
Des Moines, Iowa to Germantown, Wisconsin
"If you build it, he will come."
leaving Omaha, Nebraska, I knew my next destination
would be the Milwaukee area. In between
Nebraska and Wisconsin is the state of Iowa.
"What's in Iowa to see," I asked myself. I
then remembered a line from one of my favorite
movies, "Field Of Dreams." "Is this heaven?"
asks the baseball player. "No, it's Iowa,"
says the builder of the field.
So, I did a little research about where in Iowa the
Field Of Dreams is located, and it was right on the
way to Milwaukee! The field is built just
outside the small town of Dyersville, Iowa, which is
a very neat, clean, small Midwestern town.
Beautiful! This is the type of place you see
in the movies, or read about in a book...small town,
friendly people, clean, well-kept. I'd like to
retire to a place like this some day.
Ok, here we go to The Field Of Dreams!
The grass was amazingly thick and soft, probably not
what is used in a regular ballfield. Each time
someone hit the ball to the outfield, the ball would
disappear into the grass...no bounce, no roll.
Sure was beautiful!
So, off to see our dear old friends, Mike and Kay
Bernier, of Germantown, Wisconsin!
Mike was in the Army at Ford Ord in the 70's, and he
and Pop were co-conspirators in the horse
races. Pop was godfather to their son, Sean.
Mike and Kay shared some photos that Pop had sent to
them over the years. I don't have my own copy
of the photo below, but it appears to be from around
1978 or 1979. The photo is taken on the east
side of our house, with the Skyview Drive-In in the
This is my sister Cindy and her Ford Bronco.
My 57 Chevy is on the left, and Nita's 56 Chevy is
on the right.
This is dad and his Italian friend, Bruno.
Bruno was a tour guide in Italy, when Pop, Cindy,
and Nita went there in the 70's.
Here is Mike Bernier on one of our Honda ATC 90's,
at Marina Beach, CA.
Mike and Kay were so wonderfully generous, and let
me stay in their home this night. Tomorrow,
Mike and I go to see the Harley-Davidson museum in
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