This is totally "out there," but i've heard that Canolli is trying to get to the House on the Rock 0n June 23.
Not sure if I can make it, being overbudget with the price of gas on the last roadtrip, but I would be totally willing to send along some cash to make sure everyone has enough tokens for the music boxes.
For those that don't know: The House on the Rock is sort of, how to say this, a holy of holies on the American road trip circuit. Neil Gaimain had to tone it down in his novel, American Gods, just to make it seem believeable. Just up the road, towards Baraboo, is the Forevertron, the largest standing junkyard art collection in the world. I've only seen it through the fence, and it's totally worth seeing. Circus fans might enjoy Circusworld, 40 miles NE of the House, located at the old Ringling winter quarters, though why they wintered in Wisconsin is a mystery to me.
The House takes about 4 hours to walk through. The ticket is pri-cey. Packing a sandwich is a good idea, as well as having some cash in your pocket for ice cream at the half way point. The junkyard, it's best to call ahead to make sure it's open.
And if that is not enough, there's the Dickeyville Grotto, about 56 miles to the southwest of Spring Green WI, the largest backyard catholic grotto in the USA and one of the the finest examples of contretius dementius you ever will see. A testament to what you could do with your time in the days before television. I went through it after-hours on a cross country drive-by, the grounds were still open, and it was well worth the stop, in a very retro-bizarro way.
Is it steampunk? I dunno, but it certainly is buildy. Buildy seems to be the common thread in my endless asphalt circuits around the north america. If someone was wanting to come from overseas, I might be more motivated to find a way to pick them up from the airport.
Want to go?