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Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, November 1, 2013

On my way from Ames, Iowa, to Chicago I decided to stop in Clinton, IA, right next to the Mississippi river, and spend the night there.  Upon arrival I called Diane (in Albuquerque).  'Are you really in Clinton, IA?  That's where I spent the first seven years of my life.  My family lived at 2207 North Av., and I went to School at St. Bonifacius Catholic Church.'  I decided to go see, if the house was still there.  Indeed, it was, and the church too.  I sent 15 photos of the house and the church to Diane, and I think she enjoyed them.
Friday morning I headed directly to Kenosha, WI.  Here Rita lives in a lakeside apartment on the 7th floor.  The view of the lake is magnificent.  Across the street is the port of Kenosha with many boats still in the water.  Fishermen were fishing for salmon in the port's water; you could even see them jump up from the water from time to time.  The next day, Saturday, Rita and I went to the local Farmers' Market (which was mainly indoors).  We also visited the Scandinavian bakery next door.  In the afternoon we went to Terry and Hardy's place.  It's hard to describe it adequately.  To call it a large garage does not do it justice; rather, it's a small airplane hangar filled with lots of interesting stuff on tables and on the floor. Terry is an artist, we saw some of her work, while Hardy is a capable craftsman, who has built an RV out of wood, renovated an old truck and done wonders with old electronics.  Jayne, a classmate of Rita and me, who lives in Winthrop Harbor, joined us later, and the five of us spent a delightful afternoon admiring the many exciting memories from the old days that reside in the hangar.  Unfortunately, as the day wore on, I felt a little incapacitated and decided to go back and lie down, so Rita alone went to the 5 p.m. surprise party for Barb Simpson and her husband who celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year.  
The next morning Rita and I went to her church, the Winthrop Harbor United Methodist Church, which celebrated its 90th birthday.  Hardy gave us on overview of the church's history.  After church Andy, his wife Pam, Jayne, Rita, and I had lunch at the Stony Creek inn on Sheridan Road.  I then said goodbye to Rita.  We had had a great trip in an RV during April-June, which brought us to 13 states, as far East as Georgia (where we stayed with Jack at his house in Euharlee), and as far West as California, where we spent two weeks at Rita's sister, Claudia and her husband Tom's house.  I addition, I've benefited from using Rita's travel blog throughout my trip in the Mustang.  I'd much rather look at her pretty smiling face, when updating the travel blog, than on a photo of myself.  Thanks, Rita, for everything!
Andy and Pam then took me to their home in Lake Forest.  I spent most of Monday in bed trying to get some rest and recover my strength.  This was the first time since the trip started in early April that I did not feel 100 percent in top form.  I managed to finish a book:  Graham Farmelo, Churchill's Bomb.  How the United States Overtook Britain in the First Nuclear Arms Race, 2013.  
I had agreed with Jayne that I would drive up to her house in Winthrop Harbor on Tuesday morning. She had graciously consented to storing my car in her garage (not as large as Terry and Hardy's hangar, but still very large).  We had lunch at Stony Creek (just as on Sunday), and had, I think, a very nice afternoon together.  Jayne is a globetrotter, who has visited many far corners of the World, from Uglich and Yaroslavl' in Russia to the South African wilderness.  Back in 1965 she and her 'auntie' visited me and my family in Copenhagen; I was in the Danish army at the time being trained as a Russian interpreter.
Jayne delivered me sound and safely to Andy and Pam, the three of them talked while I packed my belongings into two suitcases.  We then went to O'Hare, where I boarded my Lufthansa flight to Copenhagen via Munich.  The flight home was uneventful.  And here I am sitting at my desk in Copenhagen doing my last travel blog (for a while).  A big thank you to everybody, who made my (and Rita's) trip across the western part of the U.S. continent such a memorable experience. I look forward to 'round 2' next April, where I will tour the Eastern part. Until then, so long, au revoir, på gensyn!                               
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P Tanzy Maxfield on

Thank you. Look forward to next trip reports.

Denise Strom on

I sure enjoyed your Blogs, Museums, Churches, Old Danish towns, the history lesson's of this great nation, and above all the beautiful sites you captures. You took me to places I will probably never see in my life time. Thank You Jens. It was a pleasure to meet you back in June while you where in California. If you ever make it back to California we invite you to stay with us....we have plenty of room. Tim and I will show you some history of Temecula and maybe a Winery or two, or three, we have many. So Long for now, take care.....thank you again for the happy trails.

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