We’re actually on the road right now, driving past the Ann Arbor exit on the I 90 West. However, we spent yesterday and last night in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland was nice – my favourite part was the food – but we got to go to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame which was wicked cool.
However, let me back up a little… We left the house Thursday morning at 2am. We jumped into the car, headed south towards the border and crossed at Alexandria Bay. The sun was coming up as we drove through New York State and I, not having much sleep the night before, forfeited driving to Steve quite soon into our US adventure.
We stopped a few times along the way, grabbing some snacks and beverages, but ended up at the Hall of Fame around 11am. The drive was a long eight hours and with both of us pretty tired, we felt it. We both seemed to grab a spike of energy however once we hit the Hall of Fame so we went inside and explored for a few hours.
The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame is quite wicked actually. The first floor was my favourite and a lot of the artists had given or loaned pieces from their personal collection to the Hall of Fame to display for our viewing pleasure. We saw things like Bruce Springsteen’s Cadillac, Michael Jackson’s diamond glove, Steven Tyler’s microphone stand (with scarves!) and Bon Jovi’s motorcycle. These were just a few of the gems there.
On the third floor, they have a movie available to be watched that features all of the inductees into the Hall of Fame over the years. That was pretty cool as it featured some of the music, still images, etc. from all of the best music people in the world. It was neat to see!
After the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, we headed to our hotel which was the Renaissance Hotel downtown. We checked in, I had a two hour nap and then we headed out for dinner. We asked the bellman what he recommended and he said the Cleveland Chophouse was really good so we went there based on his recommendation.
I ended up having the artichoke and spinach dip to start, a ceasar salad with cornbread and to finish that off, a filet mignon with cheddar mashed potatoes. All I can say is that the food was so amazing, I ended up with a food coma. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant. For two of us to eat, it cost $108 and we both had amazing steaks, appetizers (Steve had the crab cake), salads and wine. Steve also tried their beer as the Chophouse is also a brewery!
After dinner, we went for a walk downtown and came across third street which was nice. A bunch of outdoor bars that have patios spilling into the street (which is closed to traffic) and it just has a really cool vibe to it. If you’ve been to Amsterdam, it had that sort of feel to it! We actually saw the police arresting someone and when we passed the House of Blues, we realized that we missed seeing The Tragically Hip by two days! Although, we did run into a member of the band that was playing that night… He tried to convince us to go… haha
The rest of the night consists primarily of me passing out until this morning. We got up, got ready and we got in the car to drive to Chicago. Right now, we’re 341 kms away from Chicago.
Oh, we also stopped at a service station this morning and Steve thinks he saw members of the Tigers there (baseball team). We took Flip videos of them so we’ll see…. LOL