Day Fourteen: The Presidential limosines

Breakfast completed, we were off again to navigate the I-275 to the Henry Ford Museum, however, I have to confess, that today, after the thrill of Sunday, Shooting and baseball, coupled with the anticipation of having to go home, I was filled with the feelings of one who does not wish to return to home, to reality that is. After two weeks of relaxation in a different culture, the prospect of travelling back to England was not one which inspired me. That's not to say that I dislike my country, but having seen "over the fence" so to speak, here there is much more freedom, and doesn't have the problems relating to violence that we English do. We seem at this period of our history, to want to fight each other now we can't fight everyone else. What a sad prospect for a once proud country. Mr Blair some day you'll be able to reflect on what an awful society you have made in this country. Indeed as soon as I had returned to England, I rejoined with Dale and our friends and what happened? Yep, a street fight outside the Duke of Cambridge.

We started off at the museum with a look around the exciting transport section, which contained planes, trains and automobiles! Here the museum contains the limosines of the previous American Presidents. This included the famous Limo that JFK was shot in Dallas in in 1963. It looked like it had been cleaned though, unlike the chair that Abraham Lincoln had been shot John Wilkes Booth, whose parents were British. The blood is still on chair after all these years! It was good to see some of the famous cars that were preserved there such as the Dodge Charger.

Our next point of call was Greenfield village, created by Henry Ford himself. This included Thomas Edison's original laboratory where the great man himself. Thomas Edison, along with Henry Ford, was a prime mover in the advancement of American science and industy. This place, although not in its original site, contained all his original "stuff". In reality he led a team of scientists, but Edison saw to it his name was "numero uno". He is, of course, most famous for his invention of the lightbulb using DC electricity; this developed into some deal or the creation of "Con-Edison" and Westinghouse. They eventually supplied power to all of New York.

After looking around the Edison's Lab we went to explore the other attractions of Greenfield village, including Henry Ford's first factory which is in the header of this page. There followerd a lazy walk around the other sites including a slave house and the school house, all very well presented. As usual in the US, there was a railway which ran around the perimeter of the site, so you could jump on and off as you liked. There was a printing house which showed you how printing was originally sone in the 1880's, and of particular interest to myself, a roundhouse for the steam locomotives. This was actually used today in the maintenance of the very same locos' which ran around the site.

Another building preserved at the site was a workshop that reminded me of the Avoncroft Museum near Bromsgrove in England. In my past I had know a guy called Gerald who maintained the circular saw here in the wood shop. Also, this had a chainmakers factory and the smell of this site had the same odour of oil and swarf. Reminded me of my days in Mr. Appleby's factory.

Having wandered around Greenfield enough, it was time for departure and the dreaded I-275. On this occasion though, it wasn't too bad, despite being held up at Pontiac again. After a wash and brush up, we headed off for CJ's and a last Ruby Red and the excellent cajun chicken. Then we departed off home and it was one last lingering look of the NY Yankees -v- the Minnesota Twins game 2. Why can't we get this coverage consistently in the UK? Please please pretty please?

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