My son and a friend have registered for the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Triathalon the same weekend we will be in Milwaukee for a college visit. Since the secret to a happy life is being flexible, I'm trying to shift gears and figure out if we can support him at the event rather than dawdling around campus alone .... It appears that it is about a three hour drive from Milwaukee to the starting line which is 1.5 miles north of Laforge. I'm from California and am completely unfamiliar with southwestern Wisconsin so any suggestions anyone has to offer on places to stay closer to the starting line, places to eat (grandma is diabetic so I need to have a game plan for meal times), how long it REALLY takes to drive from Milwaukee or the Dells to Laforge, or suggestions for things we should see in the area will be greatly appreciated. The park itself sounds lovely and I'd be happy to grab a canoe and float down the river, but I"m afraid they will all be fully deployed for the canoeing section of the race!