Out of Indiana

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Howard Jones - $72 due to Saturday. Old Ramada. OK

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Boy was that a rainy day or what! It really hasn't stopped at all for the last 48 hours and the radio keeps saying it will continue at least until Tuesday next week due to Hurricane Ike which hit Texas.

We keep seeing huge puddles on roads and strong currents in the rivers we cross. Anyway, if its rainy its better to keep going and kill some miles. We decided to get close to Chicago in order to visit it during the weekend, but due to ridiculous hotel prices in Chicago city we will be staying at a motel in the outskirts.

Good news is that we have now gained one hour sleep more as we have passed into the Central Time Zone so our tired bodies will appreciate it. We are still quite exhausted from the freezing experience the other night at the Mohican State Park campground...we are hoping not to fall down with flu or some similar annoying illness.

So little else to say today as it was mostly car and rain!

We arrived at Lansing where we checked in at the Howard Jones hotel (strange as we always though Howard Jones was a techno musician of the 80's .... http://www.howardjones.com/news/index.html ). The hotel room is OK as its an old Ramada Hotel. Its now managed by Indians (not the red indian type but the Indians from India) and they are slowly refurbishing it so there is a bit of building work all over the place and the hotel is generally a dump outside the rooms.

Funnily enough all the soap, keys and publicity still states Ramada Inn, but the service is way out of Ramada level.... We tried another motel before this one (Red Roof) where we had a coupon for a cheaper price, but that one had one floor flooded so they are sending all their clients away. Also apparently people from south Chicago are starting to book into motels as the waters of rivers rise and their basements are flooding. So we are lucky to have found a room at an acceptable price for Saturday.

We have actually booked in for 3 nights and will travel to Chicago from here when it stops raining.

Tonight we just relaxed with our big TV in the room and our take away Chinese food while watching Ohio State football team (american football) get thrashed by the University of Southern California.
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