The last of my Ypsilanti trip.

Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 31, 2011

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

My friend wakes up late. I don't. Since I'm not far from I mapped out a route to ride and showed it to my friend just to make sure I wasn't going in a horrible area. Yeah, I ended up picking entirely the wrong route and picking many of the unsafe areas. After a quick and total reroute I ended up chosing a place that brought me through every single college in the area plus a couple of the major bike paths.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti is a very bike friendly place. There are bike racks everywhere, cars are used to bikes being on the road (if they're fast) and sidewalk (if they're slow, but bikes still don't belong on the sidewalk). The only thing bad that I heard was that I was told that in Ypsilanti even if a bike is locked up everything that could be removed from the bike probably would be stolen given enough time. Thankfully every place I wanted to go to was busable or walkable.

Finally after a couple days of coaxing I was able to convince my friend to go to the Michigan Firefighters Museum. The heart of the museum was their collection of old heavy firefighting equipment, most of it old fire trucks. They did have a couple of old hand pump carts and hose reels. Attached to the newer portion of the building was the old firehouse, which served as a period replica of an old style firehouse. The most interesting things I picked up here is that a lot of older firetrucks seemed to have gongs instead of bells (in many places bells were to signify trolley cars) and that most modern firehouses no longer use poles.

On Thursday we went to the Greenfield Village. Greenfield Village is an odd combination of old timey stuff put together by Henry Ford. There's period stuff from the mid 1800's all the way up to the early 20th century.

It's a pretty cool place. They have one section of craft stuff, so they had a glass blowing building, a couple of textile buildings, a building filled with old looms and a building for tin making. The most interesting of them were the glass blowing (for obvious reasons) and the building with the looms. That day they were making some vases with a rain drop pattern. We got there pretty close to the end of the fabrication process, so we saw them add the raindrops (basically, heat up the vase, then heat up another piece of glass, touch it lightly to the vase, then string the gooey trail of glass all the way up to the top as if the drop was running down.

I got to see a machine shop that was run by Thomas Edison (they did have his labs there, but we ran out of time), I also got to play some 1867 Massachusetts rules baseball (4 bases and a home plate, kind of a flat bat, bean bag for a ball).

The last thing we did for the day there was check out a presentation about life as a slave. It was a performance put on by 2 actors, one male and one female. Not surprisingly, it was the best acting and presentation that we saw there. Mostly they talked about the few things that slaves did to make their lives better by using old stories passed down and the old WPA interviews.

After coming back I returned to Chicago. Thursday I got a little bit of a ride in and visited a friend. My friend has gotten back into RC cars, so I checked out his new car's setup and will probably check out his race on Sunday.

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