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Thursday, August 14, 2008

1'125 kilometres to get to an amusement park

Being on a road trip I wanted to see some things on my way back, so I studied the Lonely Planet. Unfortunately, there weren’t too many interesting things on the way, but then I noticed a mention of a Six Flags Amusement Park located 25 miles South of Cleveland. Granted this was not directly on my way, but I had time after all.

First came some local sightseeing and so I stopped in Downtown St. Louis and took the tram to the top of the Arch where I had a stunning view of St. Louis and its surroundings.

A couple of miles outside of St. Louis were the Cahokia Mounds, a UNESCO World Heritage site, containing huge mounds which remained from the largest Prehistoric Indian community in America north of Mexico. Another interesting sight there was Woodhenge, a circle of wooden poles rebuilt according to excavations that were done at this place.

Next followed a couple of hours driving which were interrupted by a short lunch break in the historic Downtown of Greenup, IL.

Besides a couple of small bio-breaks I then drove straight on to Aurora. By the time I arrived there it was dark and raining heavily. Without a map and no sign of the park, I was slowly getting worried about being in the wrong place so I stopped at a gas station to buy a map and ask for directions.
When the guy at the cashier’s desk told me that Six Flags has closed a year ago, I was quite thunderstruck, he then recommended me to drive to Sandusky instead and visit Cedar Point which would be a much better amusement park anyways and it would be only about a two hour drive… After driving for almost 10 hours I wasn’t too concerned about driving further, so I got in my car and continued my trip.

And indeed after about two hours I finally arrived at Cedar Point. I drove all the way up to the park to make sure I was in the right place. Of course it was closed and I then had to backtrack to find a place to sleep, because as I found out, it being weekend before school started it was a very busy time and many hotels and motels were already fully booked. Fortunately I found a moderately cheap place which wasn’t too far away 20 minutes later. After driving 1’125 kilometers in 17 hours I was very glad to get into a bed :)

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  • mein lieber eggi...1125 km, dass schaff ich in ca. 9-10h, schon des öfteren grüßt die MaRyMoUsE

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:41 AM  

  • Dies mag in Deutschland funktionieren, aber in den USA wo ich mit 120 km/h schon 15 km/h schneller als erlaubt unterwegs war, wollte ich es nicht riskieren noch schneller zu fahren. Auch wenn ein früheres Ankommen nicht zu verachten gewesen wäre ;)

    By Blogger David, at 9:47 AM  

  • hmmm, magst wohl recht haben, die schiessen glaub ich in amiland auch schneller als in gut hast gewonnen...jedoch, anstatt des nervenkitzels in cedar point hättest es doch mal drauf anlegen können *zwinker*
    ich sag nur schweizer grenzkontrollen *lol*
    und wieder grüßt die MaRyMoUsE

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:44 PM  

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