Ball Parks and Big Cities – 8/5/14 – 8/8/14

Home of the Detroit Tigers

Home of the Detroit Tigers

(This post was written by Mike)

We left Syracuse and headed west, next destination was Cleveland. We arrived at the American Wilderness Campground about 40 miles SW of town, and got set up in a nice long open site, just the kind we like. We unloaded the bikes, had them in the car still from last stop, and did a quick tour around the park, and it was huge. There were a couple of lakes; one for fishing, one for swimming, and lots of variety in sites and sizes. We returned to the MoHo, cleaned up and headed to downtown as an Indians baseball game was on tap for the night. We drove around town a bit, and it was nicer than we had expected. We found a fun area, 4th Street, and had a nice linner (Late lunch, early dinner) at a Mexican joint. After we were done, off to the ballgame, again a huge thanks to our friend Matt W. for getting us tickets! We strolled around the outside as usual looking to get the vibe, and there wasn’t one to be found, very quiet. We got in and wandered the entire area, a newer park, with good views from all angles. Our seats were great, right behind home plate, fun to see the action from that angle. The visiting Red’s won, as I was rooting for them because the Mariners are chasing the last wildcard spot and Cleveland is in the hunt as well. We made our way back to the MoHo and hit the hay, long day, but a very fun one.

Progressive Field, Cleveland

Progressive Field, Cleveland

View from our seats - thanks Matt!

View from our seats – thanks Matt!

The next day we ran some errands, not a lot to report. I did find a Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner, and enjoyed them thoroughly. When we got home, I did get out and do some fishing on the little lake, and was mildly successful; so fun to fish on these private lakes! We chilled at the MoHo, just a real relaxing day.

Strawberry Marg in Cleveland

Strawberry Marg in Cleveland

Thursday, we were off towards Detroit. But our first stop was the local mechanic, Jeff’s Automotive and Towing. I had made an appointment the day before for a much needed oil change. Showed up at 10:00AM and was out by 11:00AM, great service, so wish I could give him more recognition! We made our way to Detroit and the Greenfield RV Park, about 30 miles west of downtown. We got set up and headed to Ann Arbor, home of the dreaded Michigan Wolverine football team. I was expecting something a bit different once we arrived. I had seen and heard so many things about the place, but because the Big House is dug down into the ground, it seemed less imposing from the exterior; I am sure it is much different from the inside. We headed into town and found a couple breweries, stopping at one and bellied up for another linner. This place had a great IPA, but unfortunately they do not bottle it so I could not take any home, just had to get my fill at the bar. We returned to the MoHo Park and wandered around, before having a fire. During our walk, the Air Force Thunderbirds were practicing right over us, there is an air show this weekend in Detroit, just about 3 miles way!

The "Big House"

The “Big House”

On our last day we drove into Detroit. Again we had preconceived notions of the town, and initially it was confirmed, a very run down area in need of a lot of work. We somehow made it to the Detroit River waterfront area, and this place has gone through a very nice renovation. The day was perfect, and we ended up walking about 3 miles up and down the riverfront. Next we headed over to see the ballparks, Ford Field for the Lions, and Comerica Park for the Tigers. Neither team was playing, but the exterior of both places was great especially the Tigers stadium. Hungry and thirsty, we found another local brewery for an outdoor beverage and meal before returning to the neighborhood of the RV Park for some cleaning and shopping as we have visitors arriving tomorrow. Marc and Shelly Pflugrath are coming to stay with us for the next 9 nights for our journey through upper Michigan, going to be a blast sharing that time with them!

Detroit River, GM Headquarters in the background

Detroit River, GM Headquarters in the background

Comerica Park, Detroit

Comerica Park, Detroit

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