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Old 02-01-2012, 09:34 AM   #155
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Well, between London and Sarnia it absolutely was blizzarding, and Kirk admitted when we got to Port Huron that he was thinking to himself, "OMG, what have we done to her?!" as we trekked through the blizzard. It had actually been quite nice and even sunny in London when we left. (I would have waved as we passed the Chatham exit, Mr. Toad, but the snow was bucketing down and I didn't dare take my hands off the wheel!)

I was soooo nervous when we switched the vehicles in Port Huron that Kirk actually followed me to the next exit.

I hadn't realized how much difference wind and the quality of the road make to the towing experience. I got out of the wind somewhere around Kalamazoo, and suddenly realized that had been what the porpoising and squirrelly feeling of the trailer had been all about, because suddenly it was all gone. (Of course, it started raining shortly thereafter!) When I finally got to I-94, the difference in the paved surfaces was astounding. Mellen had said that if I left around 4 or 5 from their farm near Flint, I'd hit Chicago when the traffic was lightest, and she was right. By then the roads were great and there was little wind, little rain, little traffic, and I thought...hey! They were all right! This IS fun!

And Mellen, you'd have been proud of me, I even backed up a little at a truck stop to cozy into a space when I stopped for a late dinner.

I'll be in Chicago until Friday morning, so Brad, if you're back in KC by Sunday, that's probably when we'll get there! Maybe even on Monday if we really dawdle on the way back.

I'm going to wander down to unhitch, go find some breakfast, go to IKEA, update the blog, and in general take it easy.

If J hadn't wanted his first night to be in a hotel, I'd so be in some rest stop somewhere among the trucks, cozied up in the Bambino! It was so tempting last night to stop short and do just that; only the knowledge that I'd then have to get into Chicago during rush hour stopped me.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:29 AM   #156
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Well, between London and Sarnia it absolutely was blizzarding, and Kirk admitted when we got to Port Huron that he was thinking to himself, "OMG, what have we done to her?!" as we trekked through the blizzard. It had actually been quite nice and even sunny in London when we left. (I would have waved as we passed the Chatham exit, Mr. Toad, but the snow was bucketing down and I didn't dare take my hands off the wheel!)
We'd have had a job to see you waving, Zlee, even with the snow. Sarnia is a good hour from here!

Anyhoo, I'm glad to see that you're warming to the towing thing; you'll gain excellent experience on your way home and when you're travelling the warm, sunlit roads in the summer you'll think it's all so easy after battling through storms in the winter.

Is J going to help you with the driving? If you're like me, you won't want to offer up the steering wheel easily!
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:37 AM   #157
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Is J going to help you with the driving? If you're like me, you won't want to offer up the steering wheel easily!
He'll drive if he must, but generally prefers doing the navigating, which he's really good at--he books all my (and much of his family's) hotels and such as well. It's fun to watch the hotel clerks try to decipher what the computer is telling them at 11pm when they realize the booking was made via the UK an hour before.

I'd actually like it if he drove more, tbh, but there you are.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:52 PM   #158
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Zlee,

Thanks for the memories! Your call was a ray of sunshine on the last day in January which topped off a 56 degree Michigan crazy WINTER(??) day. Folks, I got to see the BAMBINO with my own eyes. She's a beauty. Zlee has cut her teeth and she's ready to rhumba. The weather during her stop over at our farm was spectacular. My beautiful, snowy dirt road had turned to trecherous slush and mud so I texted Zlee to park at a nearby truck stop so she wouldn't get the Bambino's undies all soiled.

We trekked through a little lakeside spot in our woods and watched my dog run like there was a hot dog waiting at the end of the trail. She was so happy to go, go, go.

Afterwards it was time to get down to business....lunch. We baked two different flavored bread dough pasties and filled one with oven baked turkey, basil, pepper, and Wisconsin cheese and the other with turkey pepperoni and mozzerella cheese. An impromptu spaghetti sauce was heated up and we dipped and dripped.

All good things have to come to an end and it was time for Zlee to head out to the Windy City (my hometown) and hook up with a giant T-Rex named, "Sue" at the Field Museum as she patiently awaits the touchdown of a certain someone who lights up her life.

Let the drama continue! Keep those updates coming and thank you, Zlee, for a fun afternoon.

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I'm going to wander down to unhitch, go find some breakfast, go to IKEA, update the blog, and in general take it easy.

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Gosh, Z, are you still in IKEA?

Have a great day in the Chicago area.

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Old 02-02-2012, 08:49 AM   #160
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I've been being completely laggard all yesterday! I need to sit down and power through the blog updates...but Field Museum this morning -- squeeee! -- and I pick up J this evening around 7 -- SQUEEEEEE!
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When maccamper and I go to The Field, we often eat at Eleven City Diner at 1112 South Wabash Ave. Eleven City Diner

I like their chicken salad and maccamper usually gets their Reuben. We haven't had anything we didn't like. They also have carry out.

It's a bit of a hike over the The Field from Eleven City but walking is part of enjoying Chicago.

I love Chicago.

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P.S. The Art Institute of Chicago is spectacular, too.
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I've been being completely laggard all yesterday! I need to sit down and power through the blog updates...but Field Museum this morning -- squeeee! -- and I pick up J this evening around 7 -- SQUEEEEEE!
What's a great trip your having! I'm packing tonight for my trip to OKC and leave very early in the morning to pick up Bambi. I got a shorter shank for the WD hitch and Joe (Air-midwest) is going to help me set it up correctly, then dinner and a short night in OKC then I'll be back in KC early evening Saturday. The guest room is all ready for you (just in case) and hope you and J have a fun trip!
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When maccamper and I go to The Field, we often eat at Eleven City Diner at 1112 South Wabash Ave. Eleven City Diner

I like their chicken salad and maccamper usually gets their Reuben. We haven't had anything we didn't like. They also have carry out.

It's a bit of a hike over the The Field from Eleven City but walking is part of enjoying Chicago.

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P.S. The Art Institute of Chicago is spectacular, too.
If the weather turns at all nice, I'll try it and report back!
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What's a great trip your having! I'm packing tonight for my trip to OKC and leave very early in the morning to pick up Bambi. I got a shorter shank for the WD hitch and Joe (Air-midwest) is going to help me set it up correctly, then dinner and a short night in OKC then I'll be back in KC early evening Saturday. The guest room is all ready for you (just in case) and hope you and J have a fun trip!
I hear storms are on the way, be careful! Stay in touch!
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I hear storms are on the way, be careful! Stay in touch!
I saw that. Rain all day Friday. I guess I won't wash the T Reg!
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Because I'm a newcomer to this continent, I had to look up The Field Museum and was surprised to find it standing next to what was Meigs Field Airport. Having flown in and out of Meigs thousands of times (virtually - on Microsoft Flight Simulator) I then looked up what had happened to the airport - Goodness, what a way to do business! Anyhoo, hope The Field was good and from the air, Northerly Island looks nice without its runway.

I also had to look up OKC, Blmitch. Have pity on a poor foreigner!
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Because I'm a newcomer to this continent, I had to look up The Field Museum and was surprised to find it standing next to what was Meigs Field Airport. Having flown in and out of Meigs thousands of times (virtually - on Microsoft Flight Simulator) I then looked up what had happened to the airport - Goodness, what a way to do business! Anyhoo, hope The Field was good and from the air, Northerly Island looks nice without its runway.

I also had to look up OKC, Blmitch. Have pity on a poor foreigner!
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I then looked up what had happened to the airport - Goodness, what a way to do business!
You mean Daley's high handedness? Yeah, Chicago is known for the, urm, authoritarian ways of its various administrations.

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But Mr. Toad, this is how you start fitting in -- that's what they keep telling me in the UK when I'm mystified by some bit of shorthand, anyway!

Though there was the time I walked down Stoke Newington high street firing questions at my friend Andy ("why do pubs have three different names on them?"), and after a bit he looked at me and said, "This is actually all rather complicated, isn't it?"
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