April 21-4, 2002
in Michigan are definitely worth the trip. Ya'll need to get to Dearborn
as soon as you can and enjoy watching your own plastic toys being made
in a VENDING MACHINE for $1! See the original WeinerMobile and JFK's
car in a line up of presidential limos and carriages. At Greenfield
Village, the acreage that surrounds the Henry Ford museum, you can see
the progression of living styles and houses dating from colonial times.
My favorite: the Robert Frost House. It wins the interior design
award for unusual colors and the outside looks like a doll house.
Moved to the Village from New England. The Wright Brothers home and
bicycle shop is a major attraction and I have been a fan of those guys
for so long, I feel like a groupie. They were the ultimate engineers,
their story is fascinating even if you're not into flying.
brother Bud (Roger) drove from Virginia to investigate the museums (and
thrift stores) with us. He and Howard look so much alike that I call
them the "Bookends" and I keep one on either side of me. These two
consider Princeton, Illinois their original home.
an unexpected and warm greeting from the President of the Automotive Hall
of Fame who, when he was told of my cross country journey, asked me:
"How drunk were you when you thought of this idea?" He and Jerry
Steinard showed me the exhibit dedicated to Alice Ramsey one of the few
women in the Hall of Fame. In 1909 Alice became the first woman to
cross America (with 3 of her female buddies in a Maxwell!). I bought
two books about Alice and her adventures, have already read them both.
Alice was the 3rd person to cross the country and did it in 59 days, a
record. I look forward to reading her book of this adventure.
so many things touring the Dearborn museums that I cannot recount them
all here. A blind guy invented cruise control. Edison, an admirer
of Morse code, named his two daughters Dot and Dash. Cars used to
come equipped with built in air compressors so that you can inflate your
Dearborn after staying at a comfy hostel in New Boston. Betty Johnson
was like a relative you'd actually LIKE to have, instead of what you usually
get. It was easy and restful staying at her place and we met a fellow
traveler--Jonathan Makepeace from Canada. When we asked him where
he was bound, there was a shocked silence. He was off to Princton,
Illinois! We had just come from there and it turns out that everyone
around the table (except me and Betty) had pioneer ancestors that had settled
Princeton. Jonathan also translated a French letter that Betty had
in her archives. The people you meet!!!
I-75 from the Detroit area to Dayton, Ohio I saw several trucks with 42
tires!!!! You could send a kid to college on the cost of their
wheels. They appeared to be hauling steel and were headed towards
Green, Ohio on Church Street is a little house in front of a normal sized
house. The little house looks like a confection house made of gingerbread!!!
Only it is BIG for a gingerbread house and SMALL for a real house.
What lives in here? It was totally precious and is my second favorite
house after the Robert Frost house!
had perfect weather all day for getting here and made it in time to see
the OTHER Wright Brothers bicycle shop and then--oh, be still my heart!--the
Packard Museum in downtown Dayton. A breathtaking, ULTIMATE car:
a 1928 black speedster with red trim. If I could be a car I would
want to be this one. Howard, of course, liked Al Capone's Packard.
It seems Al always bought cars in identical pairs so he could send one
in a direction while he slipped out in another direction.
would I do with two purple roadsters? One is quite enough.