7/2 Rochester Hills, MI
Checked into our hotel which was across the road from the Pontiac
Rochester Hills, MI
Today we visited with cousins Ron & Madalyn
They are breeders of champion Miniature Pinschers. Here's a picture of
a couple of new pups, born only a few hours before we got there.
7/4 Sioux Falls, SD
Well we arrived around dinner time, ahead of schedule. I've already
thrown in the towel concerning trying to stick to Atkins. I defy
anyone to enjoy a Whopper when you are eating it by eliminating the
bun and then cutting it with a knife and fork. It just ain't the
So tonight I was going to enjoy some
good ol' American food. Knowing nothing about restaurants in the
area, and Zagat not having a Sioux Falls edition, we ventured in to
The Fryn' Pan. There we had what is quite possibly the worst
restaurant meal I have ever eaten.
As a service to all who visit this
site I present this sign to you. Should you ever encounter it... run
don't walk to the nearest vomitorium.
7/5 Rapid City, SD
For those who wanted to see Kellie and the car, here they are.The
day started out uneventfully. I filled up with gas the night before
and based on gas mileage I was getting it seemed like I would be able
to make it to Rapid City without fueling. About 30 miles outside of
Rapid City I checked the car's computer and found I had enough gas to
go 22 miles. I then checked the GPS to find the nearest gas station.
None for 30 miles. Hmmm.
Well, I decided to make the
remaining distance, whatever that might be, as aerodynamically
efficient as possible. Put up the top, closed the windows, no a/c and
slowed to 55 mph in a 75 mph area. We drove that way for 20 miles.
Until we saw a sign announcing gas in New Underwood, SD. God Bless
We then drove to Mt Rushmore
We also got to see the Crazy
After leaving the Mt. in 84 degree
temperature, but with the sky looking like it was 10:00 pm. The
heavens opened up with a torrential blanket of water. To accentuate
the storm, hail ranging in size from large marbles to golf balls
pummeled us for over a half hour as the temperature fell to 50
Later in the day the sky cleared,
storm watches were lifted and we returned to see the very patriotic
Here are a few more pictures
including a wild beast I ventured out of the car to get a face to face
Forgive the picture not being properly framed but under the circum-
stance I think I can be forgiven.
Tomorrow is 1100 miles to
7/6 Winnemucca, NV
There wasn't much to
talk about for today. We drove 1100 miles to arrive here and have
another horrible meal.
picture will have little meaning to anyone other than my sister.
to share an important part of our childhood with all of you...Almost
50 years ago on a trip cross country with our father at the wheel, me
riding shotgun and my mother & sister in the back seat, my sister got
sick... all over me. She was quite good at positioning herself so
that she got maximum coverage of her breakfast on me. For an hour we
drove until we got to Little America, Wyoming where I was able to
clean up in the mens' room. I hope you all enjoyed that little
personal piece of Americana.
I may have to put
audio on this page so that you can all hear my sister's sinister laugh
whenever that tale is told.
Yosemite is magnificent.
There are too many pictures
to place here.
7/10 San Simeon, CA
7/8-9 San Francisco, CA
click here for San Francisco Pictures
7/10 No. Hollywood, CA
detouring to avoid the freeway being closed due to a motorcycle
accident. Magellan GPS helped us find our way in a foreign land.
7/11 Beverly Hills, CA
with cousins, Rube, Trudy & Estelle
7/11 Burbank, CA
Today we saw a
taping of General Hospital with cousins Wayne & Teri. The tour was
arranged by their daughter Michelle. The cast was very warm and
gracious to a couple of star struck tourists.
We saw the LA
Subway... no s--- a subway in LA. Here are pictures outside and
7/12 Van Nuys, CA
Cousins Joel &
Stevi had us over for breakfast along with Wayne and Teri. The visits
with family that we don't see often enough are far too short
accentuating the hectic pace of our trip.
7/12 Buena Park, CA
Shop at Knott's Berry Farm
7/13 Disneyland, CA
7/14Murietta Hot Springs, CA
Visiting with my Aunt Marge
7/15 Banning, CA
Kellie, Jay, Aunt Shirl,
Aunt Shirl's excuse for a dog, I believe it's really a rat
Aunt Shirl & Kellie
7/16 Las Vegas, NV
Cousins Bernie &
Elka met us at the Venetian Hotel for a couple of days. Here they are
in the lobby, and here we all are...
We got a really good
deal from the hotel... 2 free nights plus up to $350 in match play
money. They knew what they were doing and I dutifully made my
We had dinner with
cousins Arlene, Ivan & Angie and my Aunt Helen on Thursday the 17th.
But in order to get there we first had to drive through some beautiful
country in Utah.
This, in no way, was some of the beautiful scenery.
Luckily we didn't see anyone who had to use this lane
Cousins Angie & Ivan
Kellie, Aunt Helen, Jay
7/18 Columbia, MO
We left beautiful
Colorado and continued our trip home. Our original plan was to make
today a relaxing day and drive only a few hundred miles, sleep in
Salina KS so that on Friday we could have lunch in KC for a genuine KC
BBQ with cousin Frank.
us to change our plans and try to put in more time in the car and have
the BBQ as dinner tonight.
As we entered
Kansas, we were faced with some road construction. A truck in front
of us kicked up some gravel which hit our windshield, cracking it.
For the rest of the trip we watched as the crack grew longer and
With that bit of
agita we got to Hayward's Barbecue in Overland, KS unfortunately it
was too late to call Frank so with great anticipation we order our
ribs. This meal turned out to be the biggest disappointment of our
trip. They were beneath terrible. Frank lucked out by not seeing us.
Prior to the trip a
debate arose on the Internet Dental Forum about whose BBQ was better,
KC or Texas. Well I haven't had a genuine TX BBQ but we have to give
them award no matter what.
7/19 Indy Speedway
The last planned stop on the
trip was the Indianapolis Speedway. A great number of pictures are
posted for you to see, but I warn you they will probably only be of
interest to enthusiasts.
Click on this picture to go
to the Indy page
So at about 2pm we walked out
of the Indy Museum, got into the car and turned on our Magellan GPS.
It showed we had less than 800 miles until we got home. Kellie and I
looked at each other and said "Let's go for it."
We arrived home at 3:45am, a day early.
Most importantly, it
was a terrific trip but far too short. We are still talking to each
other, and after having made this trip about 9 times before, I can
safely say that Kellie is the best person to go with on this kind of a