We made it to Dayton, Ohio today. The weather wasn’t great, but the temperature stayed above zero, so the snow and rain didn’t cause any issues.
Raspberry took a little time to acclimatize to the van; she spent the first half hour doing a parrot impersonation on my shoulder. One back leg was down my back, the other was on my shoulder, while her bum was parked on the head rest. The rest of her was draped over my head. It was like having a furry football for a pillow. This pushed my head forward and made it extremely difficult to check my blind spot. It was a good job the roads were quiet today.
We didn’t go through any beautiful scenery, but we were shocked driving through Detroit, Michigan. We knew it was struggling after 9/11, and heard that things had gotten worse, but nothing prepared us for the desolate landscape that confronted us today. Every second or third house was not only abandoned, it was derelict. Tires, clothes, and parts of cars were strewn along the shoulder of the highway for miles. A large office block downtown, approximately fifteen stories high, was completely empty; many businesses were abandoned.
What has happened here? Has everyone given up? The dark rain clouds, and drizzle, only amplified the visual image of a ghost town. Is this The end of Motor City? Very sad.
We checked in at a discount motel, and I managed to lock the keys inside the room within five minutes of receiving the said keys. Tom set the car alarm off three times tonight, so all in all, a pretty good day.
Raspberry, the toothless cat