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The Great Lakes Tour
Day 5 - Sunday, August 17, 2008
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Traverse City, Michigan

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Nice traveling weather. Richard in Virginia emailed wondering what the weather has been like. Could not have been better. Daytime highs in the low 80s, nighttime temps in the low 60s/high 50s. Wonderful. It did rain a little bit last night after we went to sleep. The rain on the roof of the camper (which is about 2 1/2 feet above my head up in the bunk) woke me up. But it was very light.

The truck/camper is getting good gas mileage. After a bunch of experimentation, I've determined speeds between 52 and 62 MPH are the best.

During the Mississippi River Exploration trip I noticed a lot of RVs and motor homes sitting beside the road with For Sale signs on them. I guess the economy has gotten a lot worse since then. I say that because on this trip I'm seeing many more types of toys for sale. Skidoos, boats of all sizes and shapes including canoes and kayaks , ATVs, riding lawnmowers, all types and sizes of SUVs and even motorcycles. I suspect most of that was financed and now the "owners" are trying to get whatever cash they can.

Tonight we are NOT camped at a Flying J. We're camped at the Wally Word In Traverse City, Michigan. Some unknown soul has given me enough hi-speed wireless Internet access to get the web site updated, email checked, etc.

Tomorrow should be interesting. I'm hoping to get past Chicago. But that means driving 400 or so miles. We'll see what happens.

The Navigator says 1,700 miles left.

Quote For Today

You can observe a lot by watching. ~ Yogi Berra

Questions and answers about Australian tourism
Background information is here

From the UK:
Q: Can I wear high heels in Australia?

A: You are a British politician, right?

From Germany:
Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round?

A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter/gatherers. Milk is illegal.

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Lake Huron. This sign is on US-23 about half way between Ossineke and Alpena, Michigan.

The GPS display at this location is interesting: The orange stripe is our route. The green dot represents the location of the GPS receiver (perhaps better known as The Navigator's precious "GPS unit"). The blue hatched line is the parallel. If you look to the far left of the blue line you'll the label N45"0'.

The Navigator has been bugging me to take a picture of him posing by one of the lakes. I finally got tired of his whining and took this pic of him by Lake Huron near Alpena, Michigan. When I showed him the pic by using the LCD screen on the back of the camera, his comment was, "Nice pic. Tell me again, which lake is this?"
Shades of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The Mackinac Bridge runs from Macinaw, Michigan to St Ignace, Michigan. It is part of I-75 and serves as the dividing point between Lake Huron on the east and Lake Michigan on the west. The Navigator and I crossed this bridge back on June 28, 2004 as part of our first driving trip, Route 2. Thousands of people cross this bridge daily. Here's a view few of them get.
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From Ralph in Moldova:

Once upon a time, a man appeared in a village and announced that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10 each. As the supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He then announced that he would now buy at $20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer was increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers. "Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each."

The villagers used the last of their savings and bought all the monkeys. Then they never saw the man nor his assistant again, only monkeys everywhere!

Now you have a better understanding of how the stock market works.

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From Sue in KY:

How to eat watermellon.

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