Road Trip: Chicago to Niagara Falls via Lake Erie Circle Tour 2014/06/22 – 2014/06/25

這是一條多年前,受邀與同學分攤旅費的慘痛旅程,造成的影響是至今不輕易與人共遊;哪知兒子的畢業旅行,什麼不選,偏挑上尼加拉瓜瀑布—或許老天真的慈悲,讓我舊地重遊,以洗當初的彆腳狼狽吧!

greatlakesmap(via mapquest)

p.s. Lake Erie is the eleventh largest lake in the world (by surface area), and the fourth largest of the Great Lakes in surface area and the smallest by volume.

06/22—Chicago (IL)出發,走I-94途經Detroit (MI),再由Detroit-Windsor Tunnel渡過Detroit River到Windsor (Ontario)。

graduation trip (2014) 495          graduation trip (2014) 496Chicago就像Tokyo,不管你多常造訪,它總有辦法令人眼睛一亮!

graduation trip (2014) 143Transcending (Michigan Labor Legacy Landmark)—It is located west of the entrance to Hart Plaza near the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Jefferson Avenue and was dedicated on August 30, 2003.                                                                                                           The arch rests on a circular platform which includes seven Vermont boulders all split symmetrically in two, each six feet in height; those are the work of Sergio De Giusti.              The two steel arcs—the work of David Barr—stretch 63 feet into Detroit’s sky and weigh 27 tons. They are not joined and many assume that reminds viewers of the unfinished mission of the American labor movement. However, at night, the arch is made whole by lights projecting from the two disconnected ends. (http://www.thedetroiter.com/site/laborpage.html)

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The Detroit–Windsor Tunnel is an underground highway tunnel connecting Detroit, Michigan in the United States, with Windsor, Ontario in Canada. It was formally dedicated on Saturday, November 1, 1930. President Herbert Hoover turned a “golden key" in Washington that rang bells in both Detroit and Windsor to mark the opening of the tunnel.

windsormap(http://www.dwtunnel.com/)

DetroitWindsorTunnel                                                                               The Detroit–Windsor Tunnel is approximately one mile long from portal to portal (5,160 feet/1,573 meters) with a height clearance of 13 feet 2 inches (4 meters). At its lowest point, the two-lane roadway is 75 feet (22.8 meters) below the river surface. It is the only underwater-tunnel that crosses International borders in the entire world!

graduation trip (2014) 166-1從Windsor隔著Detroit River看Detroit—很難想像這是個「破產」的城市!

06/23— Highway 401西端啟點Windsor出發,detour Toronto (Ontario),然後抵達加拿大尼加拉瓜瀑布。

graduation trip (2014) 613          graduation trip (2014) 616-1                                               The CN Tower is a 553.33 m-high (1,815.5 ft) concrete communications and observation tower in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was built by Canadian National Railways and completed in 1976, becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure and world’s tallest tower at the time. It held both records for 34 years until the completion of Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower in 2010. The CN Tower still remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, and a symbol of Canada. (http://www.cntower.ca/en-ca/home.html)

06/24—從加拿大跨越Rainbow Bridge來到美國境內的尼加拉瓜瀑布,中午在Buffalo (NY)午餐,改走I-90,經Erie (PA),一路到達Cleveland (Ohio)。

graduation trip (2014) 289-4Designed by architect Richard (Su Min) Lee, the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls is an international steel arch bridge across the Niagara River gorge, and is a world-famous tourist site. Construction began in May 1940. The bridge was officially opened on November 1, 1941. It connects the cities of Niagara Falls, New York, United States (to the east), and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (west). The total length of the bridge is 1,450 feet (440 m) with 950 feet (289.5m) span. (http://www.niagarafallsbridges.com/)

graduation trip (2014) 663          graduation trip (2014) 662                    客流量太大,一人一狗聞聞車身就通關了!

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The Peace Bridge is an international bridge between Canada and the United States at the east end of Lake Erie at the source of the Niagara River, about 20 kilometres (12.4 mi) upriver of Niagara Falls. Total length 5,800 feet (1,768 m), opened at June 1, 1927, the Peace Bridge was named to commemorate 100 years of peace between the United States and Canada. It connects the City of Buffalo, New York, in the United States to the Town of Fort Erie, Ontario, in Canada. The Peace Bridge consists of five arched spans over the Niagara River and a Parker through-truss span over the Black Rock Canal on the American side of the river. (via Wikipedia)

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p.s. The Niagara River is a river that flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It forms part of the border between the Province of Ontario in Canada (on the west) and New York State in the United States. The river, which is occasionally described as a strait, is about 56 kilometres (35 mi) long and includes Niagara Falls in its course.

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graduation trip (2014) 697          graduation trip (2014) 698Lake Erie素以暴風雨聞名,果然在Cleveland讓我們見識到了!

06/25—Cleveland出發,經Toledo (Ohio),返回Chicago。

graduation trip (2014) 699掛著水晶燈的氣派Cleveland街頭!

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graduation trip (2014) 568Back to Chicago

graduation trip (2014) 141          graduation trip (2014) 142                                      Home, home sweet home!
 

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