Ever since I have left the south things have been nothing but hustling from one city to the next. It can really wear you down. Yesterday it was Cleveland today it's Cincinnati and tomorrow it's Chicago. Rolling from city to city day after day is a grind. I don't know how truckers and rock stars do it.
I am really looking forward to Chicago. Someone told me it has the largest collection of impressionist art in the US. I love Monet so I a excited at the prospect of viewing a number of his pieces first hand. The city also has two great baseball teams as well. Speaking of baseball these two games will be my last two on the road. Once I have finished with them I plan to write a small blurb about all the parks and review them.
Cleveland was a really nice city. It sits right on the edge of Lake Erie and is clean and very pretty. I have to say the fans of the Indians are some of the nicest people I have encountered at a ball park. Unlike the fans at Pittsburgh the were welcoming and genuinely nice. The stadium it self is really nice. Very pretty with a nice view of the skyline. The food was ok but not too pricey either.
Cleveland also boast the Rock and Roll hall of fame. The building itself is a very "interesting" piece of architecture. The hall of fame (as has been the case with the other hof I visited) was not what I expected. This one had tons of costumes and memorabilia. It was has a theater, which was playing "Help", that is open to the visitors. Great music playing all the time. Overall it was a great visit... except it is also set up to market music and music product. After walking through the H.O.F. you have no other way but to go through the gift shop to get out. I have to say that after walking around and looking at all these great artist I also fell prey to their trap and bought a couple of albums, oh well.
So I learned a new trick for surviving in a cheap motel. Sometimes some of the other patron (if you want to call them that) can be loud. If there is an inordinate amount of "noise" filtering through your walls (or ceiling in my case) you can drown out that "noise" by turning on the fan in the bathroom. I make a nice whitenoise generator and helps one get a little sleep over the din.
Cincinnati was a cup of coffee for me. I came in, saw a game and I am leaving this morning for Chicago. The Reds stadium was nice. It actually looks nicer on TV. I have to say of all the fans I have seen on this trip Reds fans are probably the worst (as far as team spirit). The Red Sox came in and handed them their lunch and the fans were leaving by the 5th inning. I don't know about you but if I pay $50 for a ticket (and I did) I am getting my moneys worth.
From here it is Chi-Town for four days. I know it will be wonderful and I will share it with you. More to come.