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Blue_Hen_TDI July 4th, 2018 07:53

BlueHenTDI and Sons 2018 Midwest Road Trip
Vehicle: 2015 Golf Sportwagen TDI S DSG

Manifest: Myself, two sons (ages 13 and 10), and about 150 lbs of gear

Dates: June 22-July 2, 2018

Distance/Economy: 3,386 miles @ ~ 48.5 mpg driving 70-75 mph w/ A/C on

States in order: DE>MD>PA>OH>IN>IL>IA>MN>WI>MI>OH>PA>MD>DE

Sites/events visited:
Day Out With Dad (hosted by Randy Moss & Anthony Munoz), Canton OH
Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton OH
Christmas Story House, Cleveland OH
Waterfront, Cleveland OH
Notre Dame campus and stadium, South Bend IN
Dinner with friends, Glen Ellyn IL
Speedboat lake and river architectural tour plus foot tour, Chicago IL
John Deere Harvester Works Factory Tour, East Moline IL
Field of Dreams, Dyersville IA
Surf Ballroom and Buddy Holly crash site, Clear Lake IA
Mall of America, Paisley Park, Downtown, Minneapolis MN
Dinner with friends, Hudson WI
Lambeau Field tour and Packer HOF, Green Bay WI
Shipwreck Museum, UP, and Lake Superior, Whitefish Point, MI
UM campus and stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI
Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA

Evening hotel stops:
Delmont PA
Cleveland OH
Chicago IL
Rock Island, IL
Waterloo, IA
Hudson WI
Green Bay, WI
Gaylord, MI
Wixom, MI
Monroeville, PA

Some pictures:

Notre Dame Stadium (home of 11-time National Champion Fightin' Irish)


Field of Dreams (car wearing some Iowa from the unpaved rural roads)

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Big Bopper plane crash site, just five miles away from their final performance at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa

Lambeau Field (home of 13-time NFL Champion Green Bay Packers)

Lake Superior/Whitefish Point, Michigan Upper Peninsula

The Henry Ford, Dearborn MI

AndyBees July 4th, 2018 09:09

Ah! Awesome trip! And, excellent stats on the TDI.

Thanks for sharing! I love to read road trip Threads and look at photos!

tditom July 4th, 2018 09:09

Very cool trip! And a great thing to do with your sons. You'll all always remember this trip.
Thanks for sharing, and Happy 4th

(although I'd rather see a photo of Michigan Stadium than ND ;))

Blue_Hen_TDI July 4th, 2018 10:02


Originally Posted by tditom (Post 5421261)
(although I'd rather see a photo of Michigan Stadium than ND ;))

ND Stadium had a gate ajar, so we slipped in and had the run of the place before getting shooed away by security after about a half hour.:p

Some stadiums were locked up tight. ;)

My favorite part of Ann Arbor was Zingerman's Deli and their killer Reuben:

tditom July 4th, 2018 11:57

LUUUVVVVVV Zingermans, and their Reuben!!!! :)
Michigan Stadium and Zingerman's are two of my favorite things in Ann Arbor. I hope to get back up there for a game this year. Saw the OSU game there last year :(
Thanks for sharing the pics. Our daughter and her family are driving down from Michigan to see us today, and your pics are a great example of family memories we have now, and look forward to more of.

tdi54 July 4th, 2018 14:13

Great trip and impressive fuel economy for Golf sportswagen. Thank you for sharing.

IndigoBlueWagon July 4th, 2018 15:10

Nice trip, and you visited some of my favorite places in the midwest. Looks like your sons had a great time. My son is moving to Wisconsin at the end of the summer so it looks like I'll be making treks in that direction more frequently.

rocketeer928 July 9th, 2018 12:29

Nice trip and great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Ton January 29th, 2019 17:55

The food looks good.

garreth5 February 3rd, 2019 22:14

Nice pictures. Looks like you guys had so much fun.

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