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Jul 19, 2012 - Day 9: Detroit, MI to Wooster, OH

Hi everyone: Rik and I enjoyed a sleep-in the Doubletree Suites in Detroit. Check-out was not until 12 noon, so we took advange of every hour. Rik slept in until 10 am while I slept in until 7 am. I had breakfast in the restaurant and watched the Open on TV. We left Detroit around noon, heading east to Wooster, OH. Our cousin Cheryl and her husband Jim leave there, we will make this our home base for the next couple of days. After a leisurely drive across Ohio, we arrived in Wooster about 4:30 pm. Cheryl's parents (Bob and Mary Olds) are...

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Jul 18, 2012 - Day 8: Tigers 7 Angels 2

We had a very good day for traveling to Detroit today. Left Chicago around 9am for our all day drive to Detroit. Weather was good except for a few spotty showers. Had lunch along the way at a Cracker Barrell, thank you Mike for that exposure. Arrived at our hotel - Doubletree Suites in downtown Detroit around 4:30 pm. Got situated in our upgraded room(thanks to check-in clerk Derrell) and proceeded to bar for a drink. Hotel shuttle drove us to the game for a 7:05 pm start between Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels. Good crowd, 40,000 +,...

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Jul 17, 2012 - Day 7: Sightseeing in Chicago

A very warm and humid day in Chicago. Rik and I actually have nothing on our schedule today, but we will do stuff anyway. Slept in and started our day with breakfast at Jeri's Grille in the neighborhood, we are becoming regulars. Figured out the cta bus schedule so we decided to visit the Museum of Science and Industry on south side of Chicago: Brown line to State Street, # 10 to the Museum, piece of cake. What a treat this was as we focused our attention on two major exhibits: the space center and the U 505 submarine. Although we did not...

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Jul 16, 2012 - Day 6: Cardinals 3 Brewers 2

Up at 6:00 am after a good night's sleep. The four of us(Dennis, Judy, Rik and I) had breakfast at Jerr's Grill, Dennis' favorite local hang-out. Off to experience Chicago Architecture Tour via water this morning. The architecture tour was fantastic, what a beautiful city. Kevin, our tour guide, was excellent: fun, quirky and knowledgable. He was one of the best tour guide that any of us had experienced, too lots of pictures. Traveled back toward North Central. Dennis and Judy dropped us off at a L stop so Rik and I could experience public...

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Jul 15, 2012 - Day 5: Cubs 3 Diamondbacks 1

Another gorgeous day of weather in Chicago although slightly hotter. Judy fixed a wonderful breakfast for everyone to get the day started. Dennis again drove us to Wrigley Field for a 1:20 pm start. We arrived about an hour prior to the game to take in the neighborhood around Wrigley. This time we focused on the bleacher structures around the outside of Wrigley, fascinating cottage industry springing out of the success of Wrigley Field and its fans. We had fantastic seats, right behind home plate, in the shade. Not much offense to the...

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Jul 14, 2012 - Day 4: Cubs 4 Diamondbacks 1

We awoke in Indianapolis this morning at 7:00 am for another adventerous day. Had breakfast at Quality Inn then took off for Chicago. Beautiful weather and an easy ride. Overwhelmed by a large wind mill farm off the I-65 in Indiana. Arrived at Dennis and Judy's around 10:30 am. They live in the North Central section of Chicago in a 85+ year old house. They have plenty of room in their home so Rik and I situationed ourselves on the top floor. We parked the Camry on the street. Dennis graciously drove us to Wrigley to view a 12:05 pm...

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Jul 13, 2012 - Day 3: Reds 5 Cardinals 3

Hi everyone: Rik and I attended our first baseball game today at Great American Ball Park in Cincinati, OH. The score was Reds 5 Cardinals 3. We had a wonderful experience at the game, wonderful weather and an exciting ball game. Our travel day from Pittsburgh began at 11:00 am as we left the Hampton Inn to travel across Ohio to Cincinnati. Lots of memories for me as we made our way across I-70 toward Columbus: Cambridge, MA and Muskingum College. Rik and I talked a lot about our Mom, her funeral and spending time in Warren, OH. Lunch was...

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Jul 12, 2012 - Day Two

What a beautiful day to travel. Left Bill's around 8:45 am, headed toward Pittsburgh. Had wonderful breakfast of bagel with cream cheese and salmon. The weather was gorgeous thoroughout the day. I really enjoyed US 17 stretch through rural Virginia, crossing over the Shenadoah mountain range. New Travel factoids: passed Geico National Headquarters south of Warrenton, VA. Also passed by Romney, VA. In honor of Lara, had lunch at the Earth Dog Cafe in Berkley Springs, WV; funky, down-home BBQ restaurant. Made lots of stops at Rest Areas along...

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Jul 11, 2012 - First Day of Trip

Today, I traveled from home(Leland, North Carolina) to Richmond, Virginia on my first leg of the Baseball Midwest road trip. This evening I am staying at Bill Milam's home, Carol's brother. Briefly talked with Rik and Stu via bluetooth telephone services. Arrived about 3:30 pm. Traveled through several heavy down pours but otherwise trip was uneventful. Had lunch at Denny's near Rocky Mount, NC. Saw 17 state license plates on my first day. Bill and I enjoyed a nice dinner, outdoors at the Continental Cafe. We were joined by his friend, John...

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Jun 30, 2012 - Leaving Home On I-95

The BIG STORM, from last night, still has our electricity out, what are we to do? Should we continue with our plans or do we wait and go when the the power is restored? This is the second storm in a week to knock out our power, and this was a much more widespread and damaging system. While we decide, we get ready. I fill up with gas, get the luggage by the back door and B readies the cats. Yes, we plan on taking the 2 cats, Duke & Ella, with us to Florida, their first car trip. Timing is critical, if we wait too long, we may as well wait...

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Apr 10, 2012 - DC - Day 1: A Journey Continued

This morning we pulled out from the Spain Inn at 9:20am without a definite idea of where we’d wind up. Certainly somewhere along I-95 but how far north was to be determined by traffic and road conditions. Ralph set the speed about 60 mph and we stopped whenever we felt the urge. Lunch was sandwiches in the camper eaten at a rest stop. That’s a wonderful thing about bringing your home with you. We made a couple of other stops for gas, restrooms, etc. Speaking of gas, it’s running $3.73 to $3.91. The closer we get to Washington, the higher...

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Oct 13, 2011 - Richmond VA

The weather was kind of iffy when we got up but looking at the radar it showed that things were pretty good looking down around Williamsburg so we got on I-95 southbound to I-295, around the east side of Richmond then onto I-64 and slid off at the Colonial Williamsburg exit – after a short stop at Cracker Barrel. We pulled in to the Visitor Center and as we walked up to the building a guy approached us and asked if we had tickets – which we did not. He then gave us a pair of passes that were good until closing time tomorrow that he was not...

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