Sweet Home Chicago....

Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
Trip End Nov 30, 2009

Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines

Flag of United States  , Illinois
Friday, November 13, 2009

Hit the road out of Mankato on time of 8.30 this morning, and drove straight to Rochester, MN to a mall there, as Josh left his jacket on one of the two planes coming over and by evening here, you definitely need a jacket. At the moment the temperature is about 15 – 16 degrees, but the windchill at night...brrrr. The Mall we stopped at was HUGE, had at least 3 full size department stores: JC Penney's, Macy's and Sears, plus lots of other smaller shops inside. When we first got there the stores hadn't opened (a lot of stores open at 10am over here) but by the time we'd been inside for a short while, lots of people started coming through. Lots of sales happening in the stores, got a nice top at JC Penney's for $2.97 on Clearance! Bought Josh a jacket and Fred & I got some good brand sneakers from Sears (Fred's Sketchers $30) , before back on Interstate 90 heading East.

Crossed over the Mississippi river as we drove into the state of Wisconsin. Took an exit of the Interstate to the 'Happy Trails Diner' which was attached to a gas station at Sparta. Food was yummy, with very large servings! Waitress amused Fred and I as everywhere you go in the states when you say 'Thank-you' to someone, you can almost guarantee that they'll reply 'You're Welcome' – well not this waitress! Every time we said 'Thank you' to her, she would reply with a non-committal “Mmm-hmm.”
Oh well, maybe she was having an off day...

Arrived in Chicago at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel at nearly 6, after navigating some pretty serious traffic(makes Auckland rush hour look like a slow day in Kaitaia) – well done Fred! Kids happy to have a swim in the heated pool, and the Chicago specialty of Deep Dish Pizza for dinner – yum!
Slideshow Report as Spam
  • Your comment has been posted. Click here or reload this page to see it below.

  • You must enter a comment
  • You must enter your name
  • You must enter a valid name (" & < > \ / are not accepted).
  • Please enter your email address to receive notification
  • Please enter a valid email address


toni on

Wow you did you well in the sales, Pauls needs some skeetchers, and they are $170 at Aquapulse!!!!
sounds like a huge shopping mall,....

Eileen/Ivan on

and are you taking orders for Sketchers :o)

Trish on

Hi guys!! Wow sounds like you're having a great time. I wish I was there with you too!! Still....life in the winterless north is pretty good. =}

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: