On the Road - Part 2

Beautiful Downtown Fort Wayne Indiana 

fortwaynemapMonday - Indiana sunrise at 6:30. A low energy day after two days of travel. Got a new battery for the car. Did a little reading ("Out of the Silent Planet" by CS Lewis). Picked up a listing for a house in the area: 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath ranch, one-car garage, with 20 x 40 foot in-ground pool on circa quarter acre -- $95,000!

Tuesday - Classic, early morning thunder storm. Later that morning went downtown (Fort Wayne). Local prices: gasoline $2.89 to $2.99, 12 ears of corn for $2.00, Black Sabbath greatest hits CD $9.95. Passing a park we noticed a crowd encircling a small pond. Next we noticed rescue personnel, and even a scuba diver, in the pond. Then noticed the roof of a car submerged in the pond. No clue what happened. Visited the Fort Wayne Public Library (what else does a librarian do on vacation?) and made use of their genealogical collection -- the second largest in the country (the Mormans have the largest). Found on microfilm the pension records for my great great great grandfather (Civil War New Hampshire 7th Vol). Pretty cool.

appleseedjohnny300Some interesting Cape Cod / Fort Wayne  facts:

  • Cape Cod has "Mad Jack" Percival (19th century naval captain), Fort Wayne has "Mad Anthony" Wayne (Revolutionary War general).
  • Cape Cod has cranberries and clams, Fort Wayne has corn and soybeans.
  • Cape Cod has the Cape Cod Canal, Fort Wayne had the Erie/Wabash Canal.
  • Cape Cod has Iyannough's gravesite, Fort Wayne has Johnny Appleseed's gravesite (on right).
  • Cape Cod has the Atlantic Ocean, Fort Wayne has the Maumee, St. Mary and St. Joseph rivers.
  • Massachusetts is a blue state, Indiana is a red state.
  • Massachusetts has a governor named Mitt, Indiana has a governor named Mitch.
  • Massachusetts has a seat belt law, Indiana also has a seat belt law (but motorcyclists don't need to wear a helmet).

Jack Sheedy

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