January Across America - Days 2 & 3 - Chicago to Ann Arbor

So, I'm a little tired, hence no writing yesterday.

Iowa was really beautiful. What a treat to go check out the Bridges of Madison County and see the capitol building in Des Moines again. It was heartening to see the hundreds and hundreds of wind farms driving across the great plain states. Winterset, Iowa, it should be noted, is probably the greatest example of an Americana downtown square are that I have ever seen.

I didn't really stop much in Northern Illinois (with the exception of the tolls on I-88. The speed limit dropped down to 65mph, which seemed like torture all the way to Chicago.

What to say about Chicago? It was so great staying with my old roommate Peter Stevens. We ran down to Millennium Park so I could check out the development there where the huge open air amphitheater and "the bean" is located. I loved being back in Boys Town (North Halstead) and remembering the wild times from a previous visit. I need to spend more time in the Windy City, I think I'd like to live there someday.

Indiana, I hardly new thee. Other than a kick ass welcome center and a sub-par Walmart pitstop, there wasn't much time nor geography to really go exploring. Next time!

Michigan has been great. Ann Arbor, is a beautiful town with a fantastic, walkable little downtown.

I've decided to adjust my approach a little bit and instead of trying to hurry and get to a city to check it out during rush hour (which just sucks in Chicago), I'm going to check things out the following day.

So this morning I'm in Ann Arbor, Michigan and I will be traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here's what's on the dock for today:
  • Comerica Park (Home of the Detroit Tigers, my boyhood team)
  • Henry Ford Museum (thanks Kevin Sheppard!)
  • Toledo Zoo
  • lunch: Tony Packos in Toledo (Thanks Sara Wiegand Wilson!)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Kirtland, OH sites
  • (hopefully visiting with Mary Brown and Marilyn Zalatel in the Cleveland area)
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
It's going to be a very full day, but it's only 4 hours to Pittsburgh so I'll be able to take it a  more leisurely pace.

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