The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 July 2003

On the edge of the Motor City

Romulus, Michigan - 2161.9 miles

No matter what I did today, I'd still be behind: Indiana is (mostly) on Eastern time, but ignores DST, so crossing over into Michigan cost an hour.

But before that, there was a side trip to make: to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, located in the old Auburn production facility in Auburn, Indiana. Classic American iron in every sense of the word. (Oh, yes, there were a couple of imports in the back: a Mercedes-Benz Gullwing, a Jaguar E-type — but you get the idea.) It was almost a shame to have to get back into a contemporary vehicle to continue the trip. You have to go deep into downtown Auburn to get to the museum — it's nowhere near I-69 — but it stands to reason: the big bucks go out to the highway, while the traditions are tended elsewhere. It's a situation that exists a lot of places besides Indiana.

Two of the four major automotive magazines are based in Ann Arbor, and they complain routinely about the Third World quality of Michigan roads. I didn't cover a whole lot of Washtenaw County, where I-94 is quite acceptable, but I-69 just south of 94 is somewhere between wretched and horrible; I kept looking around for Ba'ath Party members with remote-control devices.

Posted at 3:40 PM to World Tour '03


the acd museum is sweet.

trust the press on this one, ann arbor's roads are horrid. the highway is ok though, if the entrance ramps don't kill ya.

Posted by: rammer at 10:15 PM on 19 July 2003

I spent time on both I-75 and US 24 (Telegraph Road) getting out of Detroit; both are pretty dire.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:37 PM on 20 July 2003