Day 1 - Middlefield to Cleveland - 600 mi, 13.5 hr

Trip Start Jun 20, 2008
Trip End Jun 29, 2008

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Well here we are getting started.  We had a beautiful morning to drive.  We left Middlefield around 10 and made a last minute stop to decorate the car with our destinations.  Then off we were. We drove about 2.5 hours straight to Scranton, passing thru New York and into Pennsylvania.  The eastern PA farmlands are beautiful. And their must have been some big referndum to put this sign every 10 feet.  Literally.

First leg of drive was fun and we started our lisence plate game.  NY was fruitful.  By the end of the day we had about 22 or 23.  I have to double check because my recordkeepers all fell asleep. When we arrived in Scranton, we missed getting a photo of  the "Welcome to Scranton" sign on the highway, but we did have "The Office" music playing as we drove into town.  And we did see the sign for Lake Wallenpaulpack the site of the "Booze Cruise". We stopped at the Mall at Steamtown where Michael Scott took the ladies for "Women's Appreciation". 
In the food court they have the original Welcome to Scranton sign that is shown in the credits. and a giant Dwight head on the elevator. Other than these brief tributes to Dunder Mifflin, this was like any mall in America.  I am pretty sure people rolled their eyes at us as they must do many times a day.  The kids weren't as thrilled with it as me. Then we went to lunch at the Glider diner, as mentioned in "Goodbye Toby". The hot roast beef was excellent (as advertised).
I couldnt finish mine but Bryan ate all of his and half of mine. 

However, the pie was amazing.  We tried Coconut cream, Banana cream and peanut buttter cream.  No sign of Stanley stopping for a piece of pie :)

First gas stop - $3.99 per gallon - not bad.

On weather, we are really lucky.  It was nice the whole drive.  The second we walked into the Glider, it started pouring and stopped just as we were about to leave.  It washed away our window paint w/ our destination. Boo!

From there we headed about 1.5 hours to Williamsport, PA.  Naps were had by the boys as Hannah kept me alert.  About half way on this drive my foot was killing me and i suddenly remembered cruise control. Thank god.

We got to the Peter McGovern Little Leauge Museum at around 5.  It was empty which was good for us as the kids ran around.

It is kind of old but very interactive.  They had pithcing and hitting cages where you could video tape your performance and watch it back.

The thing they loved was the running track.  It was basically a basepath and it would time your run. 

Then we headed out to the famous field where the Little League World Series is played.

It is very impressive.  The kids went down to the field and got upclose with the statue.  They may now be high school graduates, but as you can see they are still the same kids that used to play little league together.  

Here they are in front of the field.  
We always knew that they would get to this field.  Who cares if it is 6 years past their 12 year old selves :)  This made me think of all the days with the A's.  The kids really enjoyed this stop.

Onto Penn State to drive thru (about an hour from Williamsport).  When I saw it was on the way, I was just thinking it would be fun to drive thru the campus.  I forgot about football.  The stadium is ridiculous, it rose out of the skyline.  

It was so huge we were in awe. 

While we are proud of our little D1 football stadium in East Hartford, that is what it is, little.  From there we drove thru campus, which can only be described as enormous, but the adjoining streets are charming.  Looks like it would be a really great place to go to school.

Time for dinner at the "Quaker Steak and Lube" - 

the boys had been referring it to the "Lube" all day.  

Again, still kids.  Great wings, fun place - totally decked out in Penn State and Car memoriabilia. 

  - Fun deep fried pickle


That was the extent of the site seeing/eating for the day.  But the day was hardley over. From there we drove another 225 miles and 4 hours to Independence Ohio.  We arrived around 12:30am.  The kids all fell asleep after a rousing round of "Going to a Picnic".  With some McD's coffee I was good to go.  Everyone was exhausted and all fell right asleep in our two room "suite".  It sort of looks like a college apartment.  

Its almost 8 on Saturday now and everyone is still sleeping.

Itinerary for today Saturday June 21 - Target - 278 miles

We are about 10 miles from Cleveland - we are hitting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this morning and then see what else we might do. Then it is about 4 hours to South Bend where we are staying for the night before heading to Chicago tomorrow night for our first game. 

Thanks for checking in on us and we will continue to update

When the kids get up we will get our Residence Inn breakfast
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