Trip Start Aug 02, 2013
10Trip End Aug 11, 2013
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After being in the ruins of Detroit we thought we would take a step up and go to Hell, Hell Michigan that is. Yes there really is a town with a post office called "Hell". Really it is nothing more than a couple stores that capitalize on the towns name. Once you have been to Hell you have all sorts of phrases you can honestly say. "I've been to Hell and back" or "This place is better than Hell"
As we drove on across Michigan we saw numerous lakes, continuous green grass and trees with fields of corn and soybeans mixed throughout. We drove some state highways and also on I-94. Our next destination is a bit north of Kalamazoo on some country roads.
We arrived at the Gilmore Car Museum, considered to be one of the top five car museums in the US. It certainly deserves that recognition. Spread over beautiful green grass are several barns and historic buildings. Some buildings house a single historic car brand such as Franklin, Tucker, Ford Model A, Pierce-Arrow, Cadillac and more. The main building has a mix of beautiful collector cars including hot rods, fifties, Corvettes, Hudsons, and more. I could bore you if I shared all the pictures that Jack and I took of the cars. I have included a few highlights. If you are a car fan this is a great destination to visit. You could spend a full day reading about all of the cars.
We now set the GPS for Indiana with a drive through on the way of Niles Michigan. Niles is where my sister was born
After spending most of the day in the car and just eating two scoops of ice cream we needed a walk and Notre Dame is a great place for a walk. The campus is amazing. Looks like Oxford or Harvard, but neat, clean and well maintained. The buildings look very old but are new or renovated to look like old English architecture. We enjoyed the walk around as we read up on facts about the school. Tuition is over $45,000 per year, 80% of the 11,000 students live on campus, the school has a $6 billion endowment, along with academic excellence they are known for the sports teams. Go Fighting Irish!
By now it is about 8pm so we head to our hotel to get a little R&R before we head for Chicago tomorrow. Good night.