GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Packers don’t open their football season for another five days – but two sets of fans currently traveling by horseback and bicycle to get to Lambeau Field.
Bob and Maren Retzlaff of Tomah are making their 11th annual journey to the season opener in a green and gold carriage pulled by an Appaloosa horse named Stardust.
Rick and Robin Martinek left the Metrodome in Minneapolis on Labor Day for a 277-mile bicycle trip to Sunday’s Packer game against San Francisco. They’re riding country roads for a one of a kind trip which they said was on their bucket list.
The Martineks are getting friends to ride with them on various legs of the journey. And they’re raising money for a charity called Moms and Neighbors, which helps needy mothers.
Meanwhile, the Retzlaffs have their 10-year-old dog Mortimer on their carriage trip from Tomah. Bob Retzlaff said it started when he wasn’t sure how long an older horse had to live – so he rode the horse to Lambeau.
The carriage came a year later with the slogan “Lambeau or Bust.”
Retzlaff said most drivers are really nice, but about 5 percent yell at them to get their horse off the road. He says they’re probably Bears’ fans.