Mileage: 146 miles
There are easy miles and there are hard miles. Today was nothing but hard miles.
The trip began on a dour note, since I really didn’t want to
When I reached the Holland Tunnel it was about and even with taking a two-lane highway,
could be in
The smell of
The dirt is upon you instantly. Trucks kick it pieces of gravel that pelt your face. When a semi on the other side of the road passes, it brings with it a blast of dirt that washes over you with the back draft of the truck.
The roads earn the distinction of being the worst I have ever encountered. Potholes, bumps, grooves, were all hazards I had to avoid.
It was 70 miles that seemed like 700 and I got little relief
until I reached
Then the roads improved, the scenery got greener, the smell changed to pine trees and mist from the lake and the drive became much more pleasant.
It was a benign road, but did have a bit of danger, as the deer warnings were everywhere. I noticed three grazing off to my right, no more than 30 yards from me and it caused me to go even slower than I already was.
I did not see that. It reminded me of a waterfront downtown
The hotels were tall and glitzy, just like Vegas, and inside they had all the trappings gamblers enjoy. There were expensive shops and restaurants that provided a momentary obstacle until the casino.
The casino I went to actually seemed friendlier than the ones I have been at in Vegas. The dealers talked to you, the people were happy and the place was bright, but not blinding.
I played a little Texas Hold Em and sat next to a kid named
Dave. He is a college student and a good guy. He had been playing cards
night since about and told me he
had to go to work at 6 a.m. He didn’t leave until and was planning on going to
It would be an all nighter for Dave and I was tired just thinking about his next 24 hours.