Up North

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

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Chalet Motel - $52, good and clean

Flag of United States  , Wisconsin
Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Today was the big day of car swapping, and again the travelgods were with us! We originally tried to have a rental car for all the US part of the trip, but due to insurance restrictions the longest they rent cars is 56 days for unlimited mileage. So we had to split the trip in two, dropping off the Miami car in Chicago and picking another one up and taking it to Miami.

The sun had come out, and the motorways that had been closed the days before because of the floodings have reopened. We decided to go into Chicago around 11, avoiding the rush hours.

We had to pick up the new car in the centre and then go to the airport with 2 cars in order to return the old car.
Everything went smoothely. We could pick up the new car before our scheduled time, and did not even need to pay the dreaded parking fee of 6 Dollars per 20 minutes, as one of us was always waiting outside in the car. So, off we went with both cars to the O'Hare airport and to Thrifty to return the old car. Again, everything went smoothly, and they even knocked off another 60 Dollars, as we complained that in Miami they had given us a higher price for the second driver as posted on the internet.
We then decided to hit the road for North and make as many kilometers (or miles) as possible. We passed Wisonsin, not without stooping in the information center, and the man there greeted us in German! Then, in Milwaukee, we saw so many German signs, and advertising about their local Oktoberfests, so it must be a German settlement.

Just around dawn we hit the little town of Marinette, right at the border from Wisconsin to Michigan. We found a little Motel for $52 Dollars, clean and good. Dinner was a bit of a killer, as we tried to order a salad and pasta, and it turned out to be the fattest and greasiest salad and lasagne ever - man, no wonder Americans are so big, when even the salads have about 5000 calories!
Anyway, diet time, and with our new trainers we hope to turn some of those calories into a good jog!
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