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Rhinelander, Wisconsin—Well that was fast. In the planning stages of the trip, we set aside four weeks to see the South, and just one week to go pretty much the length of the Mississippi River. And now here we are in Wisconsin, after more or less teleporting around the Midwest (somehow we’ve still managed to cross the river 17 times). Anyways, stay tuned for a full report on the tomb of America’s last great statesman (hint: It’s not in Springfield), something called “Chicken Lips,” and whether or not Mark Twain would be proud of his hometown if he saw it today.

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