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Lost in concrete

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No, this is not a lake. It's the old runway-now campground in Brooklyn

You've got your camping vacation to New York. And for those nuts a deserted airport might serve as campground. Maybe they do not notice it. Something like that has been going on in the park at the National Park Service. Gray concrete as far as the eye can see, almost no green spots, between the red barriers on the old runway which mark your place and even without water or electricity at a ridiculous price. Welcome to New York - you deserve it. Continue reading

Pennsylvania

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On our trip through the States I was confronted with two terms. Flyover states and rust-belt, Oh yes, I could tell you how disgusted I am using the term fly-over-states and the people who use it, but not now. Rust belt is a different thing. I understand that the term applies to the former industrialized northern states, eg, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to name a few. It is actually the industrial heart of America, the foundation of its wealth and freedom. I feel kind of drawn to it because of the Ruhr in Germany is a lot like it. Continue reading

Dearborne, Michigan - The Rouge

We got up real early, got some coffee at a gas station, filled up the tank and joined the crowd on I94 from Chicago to Detroit. Traveling on an interstate highway means I'm on the road.

The idea of ​​Henry Ford was to build cars from scratch. For example, in the Rouge, steelworks produces steel from ore, a glass plant makes glass from sand, etc. From today's lean production child of a real nightmare. But the plant has produced cars ever since and today the F150 is made here. An interesting tour if you forget about the touristy bloatware around it.

Willow Creek Community Church

Just a short note on Willow Creek Community Church. We were unsure if we took this route at the end of the week for Chicago and attended the 9 o'clock service. It was quite an experience. We have been in many chirches and denominations on our trip and yes, so we payed tribute to the Catholic church. The forms of the services may differ, the buildings even more, but the gospel is the same everywhere. That is a very encouraging experience.

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New Lennox, Illinois - Walmart at night

Have you been to Walmart in the middle of the night? I enjoyed it a lot. So sqeaky clean, so empty and yet so full. Since I did not need anything I just bought some ice cream. The self serving stations were closed so I was the only one at the only check out. It was checkout number 13. I bet they chose the number on purpose because of the Chinese. Perhaps it is not even more American. Maybe Trump sold it to the Chinese. He is famous for his deals.

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New Lenox, Illinois - Flag waving hippocrates

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Right next to the muffins etc. from local bakeries, Walmart put this big sign. If you go further into the store, you will hardly find anyhing that has been produced in The US. China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam, you name it, it seems. Walmart pulled a similar stunt in the late 80s when they advertised "Buy American" at the stores and at the same time forced suppliers to shift their production out of the country to China in order to boost profit margins. They run a business, I understand that. I just wished they were more truthful to their customers.

Chicago, Illinois

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It is our habit to repeat mistakes over and over again. Chikago style, as we were told by Patty. It's a deep dish pizza, in german pancake pizza. We should have left it at that. Instead we just had to go into the city and live with the consequences. The search for a parking spot was corrosive, but the riverwalk in the city center was nice even in the rain. Chicago is just a big city and therefore not for the three of us, and we already knew that before. Continue reading

Corn Palace - something for vegetarians

In the 19teens shortly before Mitchell, Mitchell, South Dakota had the splendid idea to build a hall and call it the Corn Palace, It was decorated with real corn ears. South Dakota was not well-known for its corn cultivation at the time, and the hall was supposed to advertise growing more corn, which Americans call corn. The first event in the new hall was a great success and the Corn Festival of Mitchell was born. Since then, sports and entertainment events have been held there. The decoration on the outside and inside is made of corncobs, which are supplied in different colors by the farmers in the area.

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Today and 1915

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