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Ryan and Megan's Michigan Itinerary
Saturday, May 5, 2007 - Sunday, May 6, 2007

Howdy, folks!  Two weeks have passed without a trip.  I reckon that means it's time to take another!  And what do you know?  It's Cinco de Mayo!  And what a better way to celebrate Mexican history than by traveling up towards Canada!  This time we are headed out to the charming city of Detroit.  Not exactly paradise, but there was a good deal for the flight back in January, and we decided to go for it.  So, what's on the agenda?  You're guess is as good as mine.  We booked a hotel in Grand Rapids five months ago, but planning?  Ha!  We don't need no stinkin' planning!  That means you can take our itinerary with a grain of salt.  But it's just for two days.  We'll see what happens!
~ Ryan

All times are local to the particular city.  The entire trip is in Eastern Standard Time.  No math required to figure out our time!
 

Emergency Contact Information:
Phone (Ryan's Cell): 410-259-4180
Phone (Megan's Cell): 443-564-1301
E-mail: webmaster@ryanandmegan.net (will be checked as often as possible)


Vitals:

Flight:
OUTBOUND

Flight #1: Saturday, May 5, 2007 - TRACK IT!

Southwest Airlines - Flight 387 (Baltimore to Detroit)
DEPART Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 8:15 AM
ARRIVE Detroit, MI (DTW) at 9:55 AM

Flight #2: Sunday May 6, 2007 - TRACK IT!
Southwest Airlines - Flight 1064 (Detroit to Baltimore)
DEPART Detroit, MI (DTW) at 7:20 PM
ARRIVE Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 9:00 PM


Lodging
:
Hotel: Night 1, May 5, 2007

Quality Inn Terrace Club
4495 28th St. S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Phone: 616-956-8080


Transportation
:
Car Rental: May 5 (10:00am) - May 6 (7:00pm)
Dollar Rent-a-Car
Detroit Metro International Airport - DTW
On-Airport Wayne County, w/ Shuttle Service
Detroit, MI 48242
Phone: 866-434-2226
 


Itinerary:

Note:  The numbers in the itinerary correspond to the map at the bottom.
 

Saturday, May 5:
Click for Detroit Metro Wayne County, Michigan Forecast

We have a morning flight out of BWI, but we won't be leaving DTW [1] until around 10:30, which is really going to cut into our day.  Even still, there is a lot of stuff that we could do.  There's The Henry Ford museum [2], which is more than just the history of Megan's Ford Focus.  It's got everything from Rosa Park's bus, to the limo that John F. Kennedy was shot in!  Then, we'll head to New Baltimore [3] to see if it really is new and improved.  Betcha they don't have the Inner Harbor!  Then, we'll head on up to the southernmost point of Lake Huron [4] before heading across the border to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Okay, so it may not be the right border, but we'll be heading out of the United States, nonetheless.  That is, if we remember our passports.  We'll check out some of the places in Chatham [5] and Pelee Point [6], Ontario.  By then, it will be dinnertime, and we'll have to visit our sponsor, Applebee's [7] - this time in Canada!  We will be able to see the sun set over Detroit from across the river [8], and eventually make our way back into the States to drive a couple hours west to Grand Rapids [9], where we will be spending the night.

Sunday, May 6:
Click for Grand Rapids, Michigan Forecast

Sunday is going to be very unpredictable.  The route on our planning map will give us only about 3 hours of "free" time, which is cutting it a little close when you are driving several hundred miles and need to catch a flight on time.  Nonetheless, the Gerald Ford museum [10] is out here, and three hours north of that is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park [11].  That's just an excuse to get our money's worth from our annual national park pass.  Whatever we do, we need to get back to Detroit's metro airport [12] by 6:30pm to catch our flight back home.
 


Map:
Don't have time to read all my nonsense?  I don't blame you.  Just check out the map below to see our guesstimated route.




 


Flight Tracking:

As before, these are some links where you "might" be able to track our flight.  With all of these sites, be sure to hit refresh (F5) and click "Retry" as applicable to view the latest information.

  • Trip.com (http://www.trip.com/trs/cheaptickets/galileo_flight_tracker/galileo_home.xsl)

  • FlyteComm (http://www.flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight)

  • Flight Explorer (http://fasttrack.flightexplorer.com/)

  • RML Software (http://www.flightview.com/)

 

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