Rainy days thanks to IKE
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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Where I stayed
Motel 6 - $42, room with a view
We arranged to meet at 6pm at Belleville where there was a fair going on. However, as we arrived at 2pm and due to rain there was nothing to do we decided to continue our trip towards Indiana in order to gain some ground. This decision was a lucky one as the whole area that we were going to drive through was starting to flood and had we waited another 24 hours we would have been stuck for another couple of days or more.
Unluckily we tried to contact the people we were going to meet at Belleville on their mobile but US public phones have posed a bit of a challenge for us since we arrive
Anyway, we stopped at a local grocery store to buy some food and drink for the trip and a couple of things came to our attention:
- all the shops are selling "octoberfest beer" which seems to be a hit with the locals.
- in most places you find old age people working packing bags or moving stuff around the supermarkets, and we are talking about people who do have difficulties to walk. Its quite shocking for our little European minds with our social security and our pension plans and retirement dreams. Obviously its a different way of living and surviving in USA.
Our trip took us along 5 to 6 hours of heavy raining until we decided to stop and rest of the night at Fort Wayne (Indiana). Not much of a nice place, especially with the strippers club next to the hotel and the people walking around the hotel. Sufficient to say this ain't no Ohio Amish country any more!
What we did find next to the hotel was a Barnes & Noble book store and finally managed to buy some good books to read, including a couple of Bill Bryson ones recommended by Veronika's friend Anne.