Bye for now
Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
54Trip End Ongoing
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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)
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
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!