The main purpose of this trip was to have a second memorial in our
hometown of Milwaukee for my beloved big brother, Tom, who passed away in March.
Tom and I grew up there and many of his musician friends and
our relatives are still in that area. We felt it would greatly honor him to celebrate his life in his hometown.
Given the time involved and cost of traveling in a motorhome, we took a few extra weeks for some
sight-seeing and also planned a visit to New Orleans to meet and spend time with Rick, a long-time great friend of Tom's.