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Warren, Ohio 2013

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Once I left Cleveland, OH I had a specific destination in mind.  I love museums, and have a fondness for automobile museums.  I’ve been to both the Chrysler and Ford museums near Detroit.  While researching, I found the National Packard Museum.

Having left Cleveland in disgust over the traffic situation (many, many roads closed for the filming of Captain America), I took a leisurely drive to Warren, OH, the birthplace of Mr. Packard.  It was here that the Packard Automobiles were first manufactured.

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Warren, OH is a small town near the PA border, steeped in history.  The National Packard Museum is quite small, mostly confined to two large public rooms.  The first room houses some displays, signs, check-in and the gift shop.  The larger room houses the automobile collection.  It was a bit crowded when I was there, although with cars, not visitors.

The wonderful people at Best Western had given me a free night which I had to use before it expired, so I stayed at the Best Western Penn-Ohio Inn, located in Hubbard, OH.  A very nice choice.  Welcoming (with cookies!), spotlessly clean, and an indoor pool.  I never actually went in to Hubbard, but ate at a local restaurant which wasn’t so good.

PA is just minutes away, so my stop the next morning was in the town of Sharon.  Another place that reeks of turn of the last century beginnings.  There, I found Ryer’s Shoe Store.  Self-promoted as “The World’s Largest Shoe Store”.  They had a good sale on ECCO shoes, and in PA clothing and footware are exempt from state taxes.  Bonus!

Next stop:  Jamestown, OH

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Future Travel:

August:  Fort Wayne, IN; Little Rock, AK; Oklahoma City, OK; Albuquerque, NM; Colorado Springs, CO

November:  Istanbul, Turkey

April:  Amsterdam, NE; Lisbon, PT

Cleveland, Ohio 2013

 

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I was looking for a short getaway, but some place near that I hadn’t already been.  Buffalo, NY was ruled out, so I settled on Cleveland, Ohio, just a morning’s drive away.  Once out of Canada it was an easy drive, with very little traffic.

I drove directly to the Cleveland Museum of Art.  A wonderful old building located on University Circle.  They have installed a vast glass atrium to connect it to a new addition.  Their collection was great, and I spent my entire afternoon here.  Parking at the museum was easy; parking on University circle almost impossible.

Next, I tried to work my way to my hotel.  Similar to Toronto, Cleveland has isolated the waterfront from the city.  The Shoreway seems to be the main road through town.  Unfortunately for me, at the time Cleveland had sold it’s soul to Hollywood.  The shoreway was closed for filming Captain American II.  There’s was a massive amount of detours with a massive amount of police likely collecting massive amounts of overtime.  Definitely not a good time to be in Cleveland.

Dinner that evening was at a place called Melt Bar and Grilled.  They had an excellent beer selection, friendly staff and patrons at the bar.  I had the Westside Monte Cristo – a massive plate of food I couldn’t finish.  They also have The Melt Challenge, featured on Man vs Food

Day two brought me to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  It’s isolated from downtown and just out into Lake Erie.  Pyramid shaped, but not an impressive structure.  I didn’t really know what to expect, but overall I left feeling somewhat dissatisfied.  Nothing really grabbed me – see one guitar, seen them all?

Some artists got way too much attention, others not much at all.  Interesting to note that Aerosmith once opened for the New York Dolls.

From Cleveland, I went on to Warren, Ohio.

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