R.E. Olds, Auburns, Cords & Duesenbergs
Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
31Trip End Aug 12, 2013
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Our destination was the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, MI via I-69W. The land was flatter here than we have seen in the past few days—there were large, neat fields of corn and soybeans along with large, nicely mown lawns of the houses that we passed along the way.
Arriving at the Museum at 10:15, we discovered a VERY small parking lot—a very small parking lot that was ONE WAY in and narrowed to a VERY dead end! Wow! Not only was the parking lot small, we lucked into the end of a large festival that was in the process of breaking up or we never would have been able to park
Our tour of the museum took a little over an hour. It is advertised as one of the best transportation museums in the country. Not so by our judgment. It was good, and we enjoyed it but the Cole Transportation Museum in Bangor, Maine is MUCH superior to this one…not even in the same category of excellence.
We were back in Mufasa ready to roll southwest once again at 11:35. Well…not exactly. First we had to have a comedy of errors—and seriously test our wedding vows! John had heard a sound in the back of the RV as we drove to Lansing that sounded like glass tapping glass in our sink. I knew I didn’t have anything in the sink so said I would check it out when we parked…which I forgot to do. Oops! We opened the refrigerator to get something out and were horrified to discover EXACTLY what that tinkling noise was! Yikes
An hour later we had taken everything OUT of the fridge, washed and dried each item, washed and dried the inside of the refrigerator, and put everything back in. I am sure at least our children will be glad to know that we have indeed decided to try once again to make it to our 50th anniversary in January. It was pretty iffy there for a while.
From Lansing we once again headed out on I-69S, stopping for lunch at 1:15. I would like to confess here that we were at McDonald’s once again. I REALLY like the chocolate chip frappes!
Back on the road at 1:45 we drove to Auburn, IN and the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum, arriving at 3:30. This was the second time we have visited it and we thought it was even better this time. It is much superior to the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum that we saw earlier today. Even the building it is in (circa 1926) was a jewel. The cars are amazing to look at…and to drool over.
Leaving the Museum at 5:00 it was a short ten minutes to our camp for the night, the Fireside Resort RV Park in Auburn. The “Resort” word might be just a tad of an exaggeration, but the lot is level, the power is good and we are happy to be off the road for the evening. We stayed at this park several years ago when it was a new KOA. It was in good shape then but we suspect it has fallen somewhat on hard times during the economic turndown. The folks running it are nice.
I talked to a good friend in Crawfordsville as we traveled earlier this afternoon, and we plan to go by and see them tomorrow afternoon. We met them on a cruise in the Caribbean probably close to 25 years ago and have been good friends ever since. It has been awhile since we have seen each other and we are looking forward to seeing them. See you tomorrow guys!
We drove 154 miles today.