Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
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... another hour through some beautiful countryside dotted with farms, only to be greeted by a traffic jam 7 kilometers (4 miles) from our destination of Grand Bend. After a 45 minute slow crawl, we were greeted by Colleen's cousin, Karen, and spent the evening catching up with she and her husband, Rob. We sat out in their lovely, private backyard and enjoyed a drink before ordering up dinner from a local eatery. It's good to land in one place for a few days.
... for the short 1hr drive to ' the Zoo' as he calls it to meet with his old buddy Jack, retired CEO, the only one to have visited us in Oz, and wife Cynthia,recently retired from HR; Butch, retired school teacher; Jerry (Ollie Olsen) and wife Maggie,still active in real estate. We met for a drink and lunch in a sports bar, a cavernous venue with gigantic big screens playing sports games,blessedly without sound and only one other person present! It ...
... biodiesel - our sprinter engine warranty has an issue if there is more than 5% biodiesel in the fuel - not sure how they would know. After a few unsuccessful attempts to obtain biodiesel-free fuel in Illinois and Indiana, we gave up and drove on to Michigan where we found what we needed. We lost another hour on the clock and arrived in Battle Creek at 7 pm.
We saw a lot of corn and soy farms ...
... food was lovely. This morning we went out for another great US experience - the International House of Pancakes. Ellie guaranteed we would get milk shakes there.... And NO, no milks shakes. It's like the continuation of a joke! Anyway despite this, breaks was grand, the kind of place where when you order a coffee you get a bottomless pitcher. And it was good coffee! It also appears that everywhere you go here, you can get jack and cheese which is dangerous for me, but so far ...
... Since Jack is still in Palermo on his Fulbright for another three weeks we've just been visiting and chilling. Robin has been offering Donna tech support on her new tablet and getting her set up with ebooks.
Monday we are meeting Frank and Kay from RCR for breakfast and then head toward Mazon, Il. which is our home town. We will park on my Mother's farm and branch out from there. Wednesday we ...
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