It turns out Appleton was Joe McCarthy's home-town. I'm now headed home. Everything I saw here reminded me of why the Mid-West remains my favorite region in America. All the usual cliches - but these were among the most open-minded, warm-hearted, well-informed, polite but unrelenting crowds I've ever spoken with. Here's hoping I get back in one piece, and in time for the results. Cheers from the road.

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