Seven days ago, Mrs R and I boarded the Amtrak Empire Builder for Milwaukee. In Milwaukee we planned to rent a car and see the major East Coast historical sites: The Henry Ford museum, Independence Hall, Gettysburg, Washington, DC, and some others I can’t remember right now.
We got the car okay (Enterprise in downtown Milwaukee were great) and headed for Fish Creek, WI, where we planned to visit some historical stuff associated with her mother’s family. That evening, she began to complain that she wasn’t feeling too good, and by the next morning it was pretty obvious that she had the flu. She was completely prostrated.
We thought it over, and since it was obvious that I was going to catch it from her, we decided to pull the plug. Several phone calls later, we had cancelled our hotel (and SS Badger) reservations, had arranged to stay another day in Fish Creek, and changed our airline tickets to fly home out of Madison the day after that. Everybody I spoke to was very sympathetic, and the airline (Delta) even waived the ticket change fee; and the Fish Creek hotel (the Cedar Court Inn, nice little place) was very accommodating about keeping us another day.
Mrs R spent the whole next day in bed. Fortunately, by Travel Day, she was feeling good enough to poke around Fish Creek and see the family stuff she wanted to, and to endure a 3 1/2 hour drive to Madison. (Observations: 1. Door County is lovely country, and 2. Wisconsin drivers are tailgating jerks.)
We flew home, with the usual mishaps of delayed flights, missed connections, and frantic runs from gate to gate (in other words, the normal airline experience in these days of the American Collapse). We got home at midnight, fell into bed, and sure enough the next day I got the flu. We had fortunately managed to travel on the only good day between her illness and mine. I’m finally starting to feel better, and, on the good side, have lost eight pounds.
Too bad we had to cancel, but at least it was a good dry run. We’ll try again in the spring, perhaps; fly into Detroit this time, and head east from there. I think we’ll also cut down on the amount of driving we plan to do each day.