Trip Start Jul 24, 2007
43Trip End Aug 24, 2007
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On the way through Indiana we decided to stop at Notre Dame University to look around and get some exercise. The campus is truly amazing, it made me a little jealous that my campus isn't that nice. Stanislaus is really pretty, but it has nothing on the two hundred year old buildings and manicured grounds of Notre Dame. It has been nice to see so many universities on this trip, to see where famous and influential people have gotten their educations and to see the wide variety of architecture at each campus.
After Notre Dame we decided to take some back roads to get to the main highway. This alternate route proved to be pretty hilarious and also really interesting. On the way we saw the Hummer assembly plant, and a lot of small towns that really fit the stereotype of small town America. But the best part about taking the back roads was the Amish! There were Amish people everywhere, on bikes, in buggy's, all over. The roads even had extra wide shoulders for the horse drawn carts to drive in. It was really neat to see, it was like they were stuck in a different era or we had been transported back in time. The countryside that they lived in was so beautiful, they took such good care of their houses and farms it was majestic. By the time that we reached the Ohio border and the freeway the Amish community pretty much disappeared. Once we got to the highway we drove past Cleveland and tried to find a hotel for the night. Oddly enough all of them were booked from Cleveland to the New York border we were informed. Finally, after calling around and driving forever we found a room in Conneaut, Ohio to sleep at for the night.