September 20, 2003. Van
odometer 40313, 3,154 Miles so far.
After spending the night in
Michigan City, Indiana, we took off and arrived in Chicago around 10:30, which was too
early to check into our motel, so we messed around trying to
find out how to ride the subway train. Gloria finally
called somebuddy at the train phone number and then we was able
to find the Park & Ride out near the airport.
The old folks bought a couple of
all day tickets fer about 5 bucks each, then them and Lil Benny
got on the subway train and rode it to some street that I forgot
the name of, but then they got out and waited fer a bus to take
them the rest of the way to the World Famous Navy
Pier, on the Chicago Waterfront.
The picture at right shows Lil Benny posing in front of the Pier
jest before lunch.
Lil Benny was the only one of us
guys that went along, cuz there was an open box of that World
Famous Salt Water Taffy Candy in the back of the van and we was
hungry cuz it was almost lunch time by then. And, also,
Lil Benny is more of a health nut than the rest of us, so he had
his heart set on getting a hamburger and fries fer lunch.
Photo #1 shows a view of the
traffic from the pedestrian bridge over the expressway at the
Park & Ride.
Photo #2 shows the bus stop where
they caught the bus to the Navy Pier.
Photo #3 shows the big bus they
rode to the Navy Pier.
Photo #4 shows the Ferris Wheel
on the amusement level of the Pier.
Photos #5, 6 & 7 show scenes
around the Pier.
Photo #8 shows the entrance to
the subway station near the bus stop near Grand and Halstead
After getting back to the van, it
was jest about 3:30 in the afternoon, so the old folks decided
to head north toward Milwaukee, cuz they wanted to check out the
bike trails up there, so we got as far as Racine, Wisconsin and
checked into a motel there.
We got up and ate breakfast at the motel free breakfast area,
and the bagels was considerably smaller than what we had become
used to in the New York area, so me and the rest of the guys ate
a donut somebuddy had jest dropped behind the table
instead. It was reel good, cuz we seldom get donuts to
eat! Since we saw it fall, and got it off the floor before
3 seconds had gone by, it was safe to eat. (See more about
"The 3-second rule" in the column at right). The
old folks also ate there, then we took off fer Milwaukee.
Well, we didn't
find much in Milwaukee, so we took some pictures down near the
lakefront. We did finally find the bike trail, but it was
a little cold and the old folks was a little tired, even in the
"Whiney" stage, so they decided not to take a bike
Photos #1 & 2
show views of the lakefront at Bradford Beach Park.
Photo #3 shows
another lakefront view, looking toward downtown. At first
I thought that those rocks were jest some very coarse sand, but
then I saw the other beaches.
Photo #4 shows the
175-foot Victorian Gothic water tower that has overlooked Lake
Michigan since 1874. The tower was constructed of Wauwatosa
limestone and sits at the east end of North Avenue directly
adjacent to St. Mary's Hospital. It is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, but I don't know if it is World
Photo Album of Milwaukee
1. Bradford Beach in Milwaukee
2. View of lakefront
3. Rocks that prevent erosion
4. Old tower near lakefront
For more information on
Wisconsin, if you want to see all the things we missed, you ken
jest click on Wisconsin
After leaving Milwaukee we headed
back fer Chicago and did a little more sightseeing before
checking into our motel.
We got up and did some more sightseeing around the Chicago area,
but nothing worth taking a picture of, unless you like to see
pictures of traffic, then we headed west toward home, cuz the
weather was getting colder by the day.