August – September 2007

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Intro

This was my first major U.S. road trip, and little did I know it would be my first of many to come.  Given my obsession to travel out of the country as much as I could, I realized I haven’t actually seen much of my own.  So, using Chicago as my ‘base’, I did a big loop taking in 6 mid-western states in 5 days, including the great American cities of Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Louisville, Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Each of those cities had plenty of life, character, and stand-out sights like the modern architectural marvel of Milwaukee’s Art Museum, Indianapolis’ delightfully redeveloped Canal Walk, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or Louisville’s duo of museums honoring Mohammed Ali and the Louisville Slugger – but all this ‘stuff’ is not at all what the classic American road trip is really about.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s a little hard for me to get seriously excited writing about the U.S. — I’d rather be telling you about my trek up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan, or how I thought I was going to die in the mountains of Tajikistan, or how I was propositioned by a taxi driver in Oman… BUT road-tripping in the U.S. is still definitely a unique experience to be had, and it’s not for major city sights like I mentioned above — but rather for the charming little main-street towns, genuinely friendly and helpful people, and beautiful open-road vistas you encounter along the way.

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Oakland, United StatesAugust 23, 2007August 23, 2007
    2Chicago, United StatesAugust 23, 2007August 23, 2007
    3Racine, United StatesAugust 23, 2007August 23, 2007
    4Milwaukee, United StatesAugust 23, 2007August 23, 2007
    5Chicago, United StatesAugust 23, 2007August 24, 2007
    6West Lafayette, United StatesAugust 24, 2007August 24, 2007
    7Lafayette, United StatesAugust 24, 2007August 24, 2007
    8Indianapolis, United StatesAugust 24, 2007August 24, 2007
    9Louisville, United StatesAugust 24, 2007August 25, 2007
    10Frankfort, United StatesAugust 25, 2007August 25, 2007
    11Lexington, United StatesAugust 25, 2007August 25, 2007
    12Cincinnati, United StatesAugust 25, 2007August 25, 2007
    13Dayton, United StatesAugust 25, 2007August 26, 2007
    14Columbus, United StatesAugust 26, 2007August 26, 2007
    15Cleveland, United StatesAugust 26, 2007August 27, 2007
    16Fremont, United StatesAugust 27, 2007August 27, 2007
    17Toledo, United StatesAugust 27, 2007August 27, 2007
    18Sturgis, United StatesAugust 27, 2007August 27, 2007
    19South Bend, United StatesAugust 27, 2007August 27, 2007
    20Chicago, United StatesAugust 27, 2007August 28, 2007
    21Oakland, United StatesAugust 28, 2007August 28, 2007
    22Seattle, United StatesSeptember 15, 2007September 16, 2007
    23Bainbridge Island, United StatesSeptember 16, 2007September 16, 2007
    24Seattle, United StatesSeptember 16, 2007September 18, 2007
    25Tacoma, United StatesSeptember 18, 2007September 18, 2007
    26Oakland, United StatesSeptember 18, 2007September 18, 2007

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    Canal Walk, Indianapolis, USA

    While exploring Indianapolis, I unexpectedly came across the beautifully redeveloped Canal Walk, part of the White River State Park. The Walk is lined with exciting new museums, memorials and other attractions, and offers inspiring views of the downtown Indy skyline.

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