FOND DU LAC COUNTY - From Tomah, in western Wisconsin, to Lambeau Field it is usually a little more than a three-hour drive. But one couple doesn't rush the trip, which they make each year for the Packers season opener.
With their horse, Stardust, leading the way, Bob and Maren Retzlaff are Lambeau-bound.
"He acted up the first day and just didn't want to go," said Bob Retzlaff of his horse. "He said hold it now, are we going to the Green Bay? That's a long ways."
This is Stardust's eighth time leading the Tomah couple to the Packers season opener.
"We take a different route every year," said Maren Retzlaff.
"Last year you should have saw him," said Bob Retzlaff. "He got into Green Bay and I couldn't believe it. He just threw his head up in the air and pranced right along. We took him down Lombardi Avenue and he was just prancing."
Stardust prances about 25 to 30 miles each day. It takes him about four to five hours, mostly trucking along back roads and county highways.
"We average about four miles per hour," said Maren Retzlaff.
Bob usually handles the reins.
"He has a tolerance," said Maren Retzlaff.
Last year, the couple upgraded from a single buggy to a double, giving them an extra spot for their dog, Mortimer.
"He's the Packers dog," said Maren Retzlaff.
The couple makes other trips to Lambeau throughout the season, except not by buggy.
"No superstitions here, it's just Sunday with C-P-P: church, Packers and polkas," said Bob Retzlaff.
"It's relaxing, it's the slow pace, you put everything else out of your mind," said Maren Retzlaff.
The Retzlaffs plan to make it to their green and gold destination on Saturday.
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