Thursday and time to leave Minneapolis for RTC Great Lakes. Last minute decision, I bring everything with me. The dry cleaning I can leave at the Marriott with Anna to get dry cleaned. All the suitcases might come in handy for me to bring stuff back, and also to California. Better I have 3 bags then Brighid has 2.
In a last minute DOH moment, I call the Minneapolis CO and ask if the Twin Cities Division has anyone driving down to the base that could use a lift. He appreciated the call, and let me know that he had no officers going, but they were car pooling down a large group of cadets on Friday.
The drive itself was longer then I expected due to all of the rain and the construction. I managed to make it past two intersections before the were closed due to all of the rain in Wisonsin. There was a huge amount of flooding north of Madison, and some man made lake at the Wisconsin Dells flooded. I went past Johnson Creek, and 5 minutes later got a phone call asking how far I was to help me avoid that closure. Good timing.
One I drove past the Milwaukee International Airport and Franklin, I was surprised at home close it was. The longest part was the last 5 miles. When I was last here, in 1985, I never drove around. Only cab rides to the local hobby stores, or to the mall to go shopping or to the movies. I did make a run to the base golf course but I think we walked to that. Very different driving around. I saw the double deck trains and then I knew I was close. And then the Strip was gone – the landmark of bars that never closed and shops that sold all kinds of junk you never needed.
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