WE FLY TO THE NORTH
07.06.2017 - 11.06.2017
DAY 122 WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE 2017
We use the hire car as our transport to Miami Airport, where we are able to drop it off.
Flying from Miami to Detroit on Spirit Airlines, its a short 2 1/2 hour flight.
As usual there is a delay in collecting our luggage, but we finally get it and hop on the shuttle bus to take us to the city centre. The airport is quite a distance from the city and it takes almost as long in the bus as it did on our flight. We are deposited at the end of the line which thankfully is only a 10 minute walk to our hotel.
After check into our hotel Downtown Suites and Inn (sounds much more posh than it really is!) we head out to find dinner. Greektown is just a few blocks from where we got off the bus and we find a street full of Greek restaurants & bars. We choose one at random named Golden Fleece, and are pleasantly surprised by the list of food and the prices which are more favourable than our last two stops ie Miami & New Orleans. We enjoy a very tasty and reasonably priced dinner, Lyn & I share a quail meal and Dolly has fish & chips.
Old reflected in the new:
DAY 122 THURSDAY 8TH JUNE 2017
A free day in Detroit. Our main reason for this stop over is for Dolly to visit the Motown Museum so she googles how to get there on the bus and heads off on her own. She did manage to get to the museum with the assistance of a few friendly strangers and bus drivers. She thoroughly enjoyed her visit.
Lyn & I headed out in the afternoon for a walk along the river walk, where we could see Canada on the other side of the river. We also did a couple of laps on the Detroit People Mover which is a Raised Railway. This gave a birds eye view of the inner city.
Early evening we met up with Dolly and returned to the same Greek restaurant in Greektown. We enjoyed it so much last night rather than try somewhere else we just tried something else at the same place.
DAY 124 FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 2017
Today we caught a Greyhound bus (US$11 each) from Detroit to Lansing. By car this would take 1 1/2 hours, the bus should have taken 3 hours but it took us just over 4 hours!
Waiting at the Greyhound bus terminal:
DAY 125 SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 2017 &
DAY 126 SUNDAY 11TH JUNE 2017
We are spending the weekend with our friends Renee (American) & Paul (Australian - trying to become an American) whom we met in 2009 when we were all travelling in Vietnam. Coincidentally, this is the same year we met Dolly in Cambodia! Anyway, we had not met up with Renee & Paul since the 2 days we shared a tour 8 years ago. Thank goodness for Facebook otherwise we would probably never stayed in touch all these years and we would not have been able to spend this weekend with them.
We had a great time catching up, eating and shopping. As much as Paul hopes so, I hope it will not be another 8 years before we see them again.
Paul & Renee: (sorry guys this was the only photos I had of you guys)
Paul cooked us some mean ribs - first smoked for hours then on the grill - TO. DIE. FOR.
I also ate GRITS for the first time ever and they were really good, but I think they may have had something to do with Paul's secret ingredient.
We stopped at a antiques yard sale where Lyn, Dolly & I had to stay behind while Renee & Paul ferried home their purchases. Although we are antiques, we were unsellable and they collected us on the way back.
R & P took us to a store where you could purchase just about any sort of gun you desire. Wow I was gob smacked at what was available in like a sports store. It was incredible.
There were huge displays in the store of a assortment of taxidermy animals that I guess were hunted at some stage. You could get all the equipment in this store if this was the pastime you wanted to pursue.
And we were taken to another amazing store called Horrocks Farm Market. Well this store is just indescribable. Suffice to say, if I ever return to Lansing I will be checking into the hotel that I spied across the road from this store as you can live off all the free tastings.
We even saw the Ghostbusters vehicle.