Peter's birthday was on October 18 and mine was
the following day. We thought of a road trip to Detroit, Michigan
since both of us had not been there and to Cleveland, Ohio since Peter had
not seen the city of Rock and Roll.
We left Toronto late afternoon of October 18
(Friday) and arrived at Detroit about 8:00 pm. Although our hotel
(Holiday Inn) was only a 15 minute walk from dowtownn, we took the hotel
shuttle as it was not really recommended to walk at night especially
we were not familiar with the area.
Detroit filed for
bankruptcy on July 2013 and it was evident on the activities of the
city. It was "dead" on a Friday night and downtown did not have much
activities. We had dinner and walked around the casino. There
was nothing much to do so we headed back to the hotel.
Following day, we took the city tram where it
went around and stopped at key stations. The definite visit was the GM
headquarters and behind it was Canada which was separated only by the river.
Had to stop by the famous
Coney Island Restaurant where I scratched my head about its popularity
because of hotdogs. Fromt here, we drove to Cleveland, Ohio and passed
by the abandoned
Train Station. Such a disparity during its heydays and by 2013 it
was dilapidated and stood there as a manifestation of Detroit's economic
Freeway at Michigan were so bad that we felt the
difference once we crossed the border when we entered Ohio.
At Cleveland, we went to the usual spots.
We went through the same spots just like
when I was there on 2009.
By Sunday, we drove back to Toronto and
completed another celebration of getting older.