The fun begins

Oshkosh

Good morning from Muskegon Michigan.  On the shores of Lake Michigan, this is the starting point of the water part of my travel to Oshkosh.

Muskegon has a population of about 40,000 and shows some of the economic impact visible all across Michigan.  Empty storefronts, for sale signs everywhere.  The hotel is beside a huge shopping mall that looked surprisingly empty yesterday afternoon when I arrived.

Yesterday I had a lovely 6 hour drive from Brampton to Muskegon.  The new Wrangler performed like a champ and actually got surprisingly good gas mileage.  The sun shone all day and I made very good time.  I can know say I’ve seen Flint Michigan.  Michael Moore didn’t lie.

In 3 1/2 hours the fast ferry ferryleaves Muskegon and  docks in Milwaukee just before noon.  Then it’s another 100 miles to Oshkosh.  Check in at the hotel and get ready for a week of pure aviation geekery. 

I have schedules of things I want to see worked out.  Meeting a couple of people during the week and looking forward to just bumping into people I know which is pretty incredible considering there will be 1/2 million people on the grounds over the course of the week.

Thousands of pictures to come.  I’m already smiling so much it’s beginning to hurt.