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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9507 times:

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Background

As part of my birthday present my wife was kind enough to let me use her UA miles to book a flight for myself. I was delighted! The problem was that she only had enough miles for me to book a one-way trip. Was this part of her master-plan to get rid of me? Either way I still had to purchase a ticket to get back home to Chicago. I then remembered that contrary to popular belief, trains do exist in the USA, and I could potentially use them to return home. While trains can indeed be found here, they suck are infrequent and slow. I had to therefore pick a destination that had a railway connection to Chicago but wasn't too far away. That left me with two options: MKE and SBN (both airports have direct railway connections to downtown Chicago). UA offers direct flights from ORD to both these airports (in both cases it's just a 25min-long hop) but I fancied something more complex.

While looking for alternative routes, UA's booking system offered me this monstrosity: MKE-CLE-GRR-ORD-SBN for just 10.000 miles. This amazing "one-way" itinerary got me drooling like palmjet in a cake shop. The problem was that the layovers were understandably quite tight, allowing me little or no time to explore these destinations (or even the airports themselves). This itinerary would have also required 2 train rides (one from Chicago to MKE and another from SBN to Chicago) which would have made it impossible to fit everything in a single day. I had to be realistic and ditch the plan. Instead, I settled with the idea of flying from ORD to MKE via CLE. UA offered me an itinerary that allowed 6 hours in Cleveland, more than enough time to check out the downtown area. I went ahead and booked it.

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Here's the complete map of my Midwestern Summer series. In red the segments covered in this report


There were 2 major downsides to this plan (some may argue that there were 3 downsides, if you included the fact that the trip involved a visit to Cleveland): The first was that the departure from ORD was scheduled for 5:52am. In general I'm an early morning person but a 3am wake-up is never fun. The second drawback was that the ORD-CLE segment was not to be flown by United Express (which I find to be pretty decent) but by the much-more-reliably-bad United itself (on an A320). The CLE-MKE segment, however, was to be operated by United Express (in fact, ExpressJet) on an ERJ-145, an aircraft I have grown very fond of.

This daytrip will conclude my 3-segment Midwestern Summer series. Here are the previous 2 parts:

   Part I: Who Said That Flying SUX? Sioux City, Iowa

   Part II: So Close Yet So FAR. Fargo, North Dakota

As a bonus, at the end of this report I'll include some photos from a side-trip I took to the Quad City Airshow held at DVN (Davenport, Iowa).


A very bumpy ride to Cleveland

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Knowing that I had to wake up really early for my flight I tried to go to bed at 9pm the night before. Alas, it was hopeless, I just couldn't fall asleep. I tossed and turned for what felt like hours before I finally managed to doze off.

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I was having trouble sleeping. Maybe because of the full moon outside? (That's somewhat unlikely, because unlike dc9northwest I was not brought up in the vicinity of Transylvania so the moon should not have such a profound effect on me)


The alarm clock rang at 2:45am and before I knew it I was in a taxi on the way to ORD. Twenty minutes and several Ahmed Bukhatir songs later I was dropped of at Terminal 1. I knew that ORD security does not open until well after 4am but I wanted to join the lines as early as possible before they turned into something out of a horror movie. A force of about 200 uniformed US Army soldiers was taking up much of UA's check-in area. I've never seen so many soldiers in a non-military airport. I wonder where they were heading. By the time security opened at 4:15 the line was indeed so long I could not see where it ended. However being one of the first in line I went through in no time. Having beaten most other passengers to security I was greeted by an eerily empty airside area, a nice change from the usually crowded state it is in during the day.

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The colorful tunnel connecting concourses B and C at ORD


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Really empty. The only people around were cleaning staff


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A good looking 757 anchored at the gate next to mine


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The overnight rain created a bunch of puddles on the apron


By the time I got to the gate our aircraft was already parked there and unloading passengers from its overnight flight from SAN. Outside it was still really dark and the rain that commenced a few moments later made things even worse. The rain was so strong that the apron in front of our gate had complete flooded and, on top of that, the roof above our gate started leaking in at least 2-3 spots (one of them directly above where I was seated). The rain continued in full force until shortly after we boarded the plane.

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Our bird, barely visible behind the glare created by the lights inside the terminal


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Soon the rain started again but this time it took the form of a thunderstorm


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It was raining so hard the apron practically flooded


Despite being in boarding Group 3 I was one of the first few to board the plane (practically nobody was in Groups 1 and 2). I ended up having an empty seat between myself and the lady sitting by the isle. She was in a very chatty mood and started small talk with me almost immediately. She told me how she was coming home to Cleveland from a conference in San Diego. When she found out that I was flying to MKE via CLE and that I had voluntarily chosen to layover at CLE for 6 hours she gave me a perplexed look. I'm not surprised. A young couple and their kids were sitting across the isle from us and they appeared to be very unhappy with the FAs. I couldn't quite understand what the problem was but at some point the husband demanded that the FAs gave him their names. There was a bit of shouting but fortunately it did not last long. Did UA screw something up again or was this a case of passengers with unrealistic demands?

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Pretty standard legroom


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The rain finally stopped after we got on the plane


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Pushback


Pushback was on time and due to the lack of traffic at this early hour we took off from runway 32 almost immediately. Our ascend was rather bumpy and I noticed that the seatbelt sign remained on for longer than usual. Several minutes after take-off the captain finally turned off the seatbelt sign and apologized for the delay in doing so. He explained that it was due to the turbulance and that it was very likely we'll encounter some more on the way. The drink service started shortly after but had to be stopped completely a few moments later due to some more, very violent, turbulance. At one point the aircraft shook so hard it felt like someone had slapped it in the face. It was some of the worst turbulence I've ever experienced. I was sitting by the wing so I bet it felt even worse for those at the front and back of the aircraft. Some of the FAs didn't even bother to go to their usual seats and simply took whatever passenger seat was closest to them. I must admit I got somewhat nervous. The seatbelt signs remained on for the rest of the flight and the drink service was never completed.

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Cruising above the state of Michigan


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Cabin view. After the FA's request most people kept their window blinds closed


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Lots of clouds over the Midwest this morning


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Some reading material courtesy of UA


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A glimpse of Grosse Ile Airfield (KONZ), on the island of the same name.


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Despite the cloudy sky looking outside the window is still the best kind of entertainment while on a plane


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How interesting. It seems like someone stepped on the wing before the new paint had had the chance to dry completely


An interesting peculiarity about many flights between ORD and CLE is that for a portion of the route they use Canadian airspace, even though if you look at the map it does not seem to be necessary. What's even more interesting is that flights between CLE and MKE don't do that, even though MKE is further north than ORD. I guess it has to do with the direction of flight and the traffic patterns (CLE-ORD flights for example do not use Canadian airspace, yet MKE-CLE flights do). Our flight indeed crossed over into Canada and flew over portions of Ontario and also between the Canadian shores of lake Erie and Pelee Island, the southernmost inhabited part of Canada. After re-entering USA airspace, we looped around the east part of Cleveland, flew over downtown and landed at CLE several minutes ahead of schedule.


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Crossing over to Canadian airspace. In the distance one could see Detroit


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The southern coast of Ontario. On the other side of the aircraft one could see Pelee Island, the southernmost inhabited area of Canada.


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Leaving Canada behind.


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Descending over lake Erie


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Flying over Cleveland's other airport: BKL


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Flying over downtown Cleveland and its skyrises


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And here's CLE itself


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Parked at our gate and ready to disembark.


My plan was to take the RTA (rapid transit) train to downtown Cleveland and spend some time sightseeing. I had some trouble locating the station (the signs were not very helpful) but once I did I bought my tickets from the infamous ticket machines (there are entire web blogs dedicated to how badly-designed, user-unfriendly, and frustrating Cleveland's RTA ticket machines are) and waited for my train. The station was dark and hot but the walls and floors were decorated with images of airplanes which I thought was a nice touch. The train itself was very old fashioned (the train cars reminded me those in certain eastern European cities) and not terribly well maintained. Especially the windows were in terrible shape. In addition, the seats provided legroom that was worse than that of Vueling. I'm glad the ride to downtown was only 30 minutes long.


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CLE's subway station, still empty at this early hour


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Airplane sign on the floor of CLE's subway station


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And here's the train


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Speeding through the outskirts of Cleveland


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Arriving in downtown


Continued Below



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9540 times:

A few hours in Cleveland

A few years ago, Joakim Noah, the Chicago Bulls player, famously said "Cleveland really sucks. I've never heard anyone say, 'I'm going to Cleveland on vacation' ". That wasn't very nice of him, but it gives you an idea of how many people perceive Cleveland. To be honest I didn't know what to expect from it. One the one hand it's not exactly a "hot" destination, but on the other, it looked pretty good on photos I'd seen. So here I was, not exactly "vacationing" at Cleveland but nonetheless voluntarily spending the best part of my day exploring the town. I must say that the downtown area was very pleasant, clean, with a lot of nice architecture and full of mouth-watering smells from food trucks. The lake was also really nice, even though there were some spots were you could see how polluted it is. What I also really enjoyed about my time in Cleveland was the constant stream of aircraft flying over downtown. Here are some photos from my time there:

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The roof of Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland


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You are constantly reminded that you are in Rock N Roll country


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Tower City Center from the outside. Very Soviet-esque in a way


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Quite a few fountains and other water features around downtown


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The former stomping grounds of the self-proclaimed "Chosen One"


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The location where once stood a famous (now infamous) poster of the said person


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One of these guys was to take me to MKE in a few hours


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The day started cloudy but then it alternated between overcast and sunny


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The Cleveland Browns stadium


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Skyrises


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Some public art


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The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. One of Cleveland's main attractions. Not my kind of thing though. I just took a few photos and headed to the lake.


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The William G Mather steamship, a Great Lakes freighter that now operates as a museum


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This bit of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame hangs above the lake


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I never understood why some birds stand one one leg sometimes. Maybe to keep warm?


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Some more nice architecture


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Cleveland harbor lighthouse


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These Canada geese are not far from home


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Another close-up on the huge steamship


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The top flag on the left is the flag of Ohio, the only state flag that is non-rectangular


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Cleveland's skyline as seen from the lake


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You can't pay me enough money to "hang out" up there


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Never heard of that brand. What a weird name too, apparently an anglicized version of "Jüngling", the last name of the company's German founder


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This aircraft was doing non-stop touch-and-gos at the nearby BKL


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Looking toward BKL's runway


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A little boat, named "Iowa", on lake Erie. Not sure what those guys were doing but they kept busy for a while


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What appears to be a private jet overflying downtown after taking off from BKL


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I have not seen that much accumulated scum since the last time I watched the Miami Heat play


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Regional Jets and Props were flying above us all the time. I was particularly excited about the DHC-8-200s and -300s which I don't get to see too often


After a few hours of enjoying the nice weather and the views I decided that I'd better head back to the airport. The lack of sleep was catching up with me and I thought it would be best if I chilled at CLE while doing some spotting. I jumped on a train and was back at CLE with more than 2.5 hours to spare before my next flight.

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Back to Tower City to catch the train to CLE


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Back at CLE



A very "casual" ride to Milwaukee

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Once inside the terminal I noticed that the security line was rather short so I joined it right away. I was amazed to see that a guy in front of me had brought with him enough items to fill 7(!!!) trays. I wonder what part of "one carry-on and one personal item" he didn't understand. I'm curious to know whether he was allowed to take all of them with him on the plane. Once past security, I bought myself some Cleveland memorabilia and then used the underground tunnel to walk to Concourse D where my flight would be leaving from. The tunnel, while not as pretty as the one in ORD, was decorated at each end with giant models of paper planes, which were lovely. Concourse D is a nice spacious and clean area, with big windows and a ton of ERJs, CRJs and Dashes. Absolutely lovely.


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Looking toward the detached Concourse D which can be reached through an underground tunnel


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Cool paper-plane displays at the end of the connecting tunnel between concourses C and D


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NASA making its presence known at CLE


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We don't get to see these baby Dashes at ORD so it was a treat having so many around at CLE to look at


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More paper planes at the other end of the tunnel


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These little towers reminded me somewhat of Daleks (not that I ever watch Dr.Who but at least I know what a Dalek is)


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Concourse D is full of United Express RJs and props


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An ERJ still in UA's old color scheme


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In no other airport have I seen so many CO signs, CO stickers and aircraft with CO titles, after the merge. It seems that they are a bit slow at CLE at replacing them


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You couldn't appreciate this from the photo but this guy was very animated and threw a few dance moves while directing the aircraft to the gate


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A look at CLE's Concourse D


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A new ATC tower that would cost CLE $69 million.


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Our aircraft taxiing toward us


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Anchoring at the gate


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Spying at the pilots. It looks like we're going to have a female first officer


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Despite what the sign said, carts were driving below jetways all the time


Our flight was to depart from Gate D5 but half an hour before our scheduled departure our gate changed to D8. Then, 5 minutes before we were about to board, we were announced that the gate had changed to C8 (which was quite far away). Everyone got up and started walking away until some of us realized that the gate agent (who had made the announcement) had made a mistake and that our gate had in fact not changed. Some of us rushed to let those on their way to concourse C to get back. With this and that, boarding took place shortly after and once again I was one of the first on the plane.

The one and only flight attendant on our ERJ-145 was in her 20s and she was dressed in a very unusual way. To be honest she looked like a sorority girl that had just been dragged out of her dorm room. Her hair was tied in a very messy ponytail, she wore a pajama-like jacket the sleeves of which were pulled over her hands (as if she was feeling cold) and had no visible signs of make-up. In fact it took me a while to realize that she was our FA. She looked just like a passenger. I have no problem with FAs looking like that (who am I to judge?) but I had not seen an FA look like that before. This was Friday after all, maybe ExpressJet was having a Casual Friday? We departed on time, following a very powerful take-off.


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Very decent pitch for a regional jet


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Over the town of Elyria, Ohio


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...and its airport, LPR.


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Cabin view. This was a pretty full flight.


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A cold drink was just what I needed after a very hot day


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The clouds cleared again once we reached Lake Michigan


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The waters looked pretty calm from up here


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Moments before touchdown, while descending over the city of Cudahy, Wisconsin


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Exiting runway 25


Even though we arrived at MKE 10 minutes early, and despite the fact that out of 10 gates on Concourse E all but one were free, we had to wait for about 15 minutes for the only two ground staff serving that particular concourse to help us dock (they were busy with the other aircraft). I was somewhat surprised at how empty MKE looked.

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Waiting for someone to guide us to our gate



Continued Below



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9535 times:

Stuck at MKE with nowhere to go

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As I mentioned earlier I was intending to take the Amtrak train from MKE back to Chicago. I knew there was a train at 3:10pm and then another at 6pm. It was 2:35 so I wanted really badly to make the 3:10 train so that I don't have to wait for 3 hours for the next. The annoying thing about the Amtrak station at MKE is that you have to wait for a shuttle bus to take you there. That shuttle bus, which also serves some of the parking lots, does not have a regular schedule but it kinda shows up whenever it wants. By 2:55 the shuttle had not shown up. Makes sense, right? The only train for the next 3 hours is about to leave yet no airport passengers can get to it, even if they were at the airport 35 minutes ahead of time. Anyway, the shuttle does show up shortly after 3, I board it together with several other people and we are dropped off at the Amtrak Station with seconds to spare. I can see a train at the station but I also see hundreds of people at the platform just hanging out. I immediately realize that there is something wrong with the train. Indeed, it appears that due to a problem with one of the bridges between MKE and downtown Milwaukee all traffic on either direction had to be halted. The train on the platform was the train going to downtown Milwaukee but was now stuck at MKE. All the people on the platform were people waiting for buses to take them to Milwaukee. The Amtrak staff told us that those who want to go to Chicago can get on the train but we'd have to wait for people to be bused in from Milwaukee before we could depart. I got on the train, picked a seat and waited for the next 2 hours. We were also told that once we departed it would take us longer than usual to get to Chicago (2 hours instead of 1:20) due to "traffic" on the railway network that Amtrak shares with Chicago's Metra trains.


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The Milwaukee Airport Amtrak Station


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Here's our train, not going anywhere anytime soon


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While we were stuck, air traffic above us was running smoothly


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A view of our train's interior. The seats were very comfy


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Very generous legroom


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Power outlets at every seat


I had the misfortune of sitting in front of an obnoxious lady who, for the entire 2.5 hours that we were stranded at MKE, and then the entire 2 hours it took us to get to Chicago, did not stop talking on her phone, extremely loudly, complaining to her friends and repeating the same things over and over again. To make things worse she was talking while stuffing her face with candy making her voice and manner of talking even more irritating.

"Labronica can ye hear me? *munch* Yeah, still in Milwaukee. *munch* I told the Amtrak people that if we don't make it to Chicago by 6:15 I'm gonna miss my connection to Detroit. They told me they are gonna put us in buses. *munch* I'm telling you Labronica, I ain't gonna do no bus. Buses give me clasterphobia (sic). *munch* Let me hang up and call Shawanda to tell her about this bulls**t!"

She then called Shawanda, Tiquana, Isabella, Tuscany and Monica and repeated the same information over and over again. I remember all of their names because she kept repeating them with every sentence. "Isabella, can ye hear me? Yes, Isabella, I is gonna be late. Did ye hear me, Isabella?" Never before have I regretted more not having brought my headphones with me...

Eventually once we got going I managed to filter her annoying voice out, and took a nap. Not much to see outside the windows other than green fields and a bunch of sleepy towns. We were back in Chicago's Union Station shortly after 7:15pm.

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Passing by endless fields on the way south


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Almost back home


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The roof of Chicago's Union Station


The Union Station of Chicago may be housed in a very beautiful building but the subterranean area where the train "platforms" actually are can only be compared to railway stations in rural Bulgaria (and that's a compliment). Fortunately I did not have to hang out there too much. The moment I got off the train I headed out and made my way home, satisfied after a full day of sightseeing but also exhausted from the lack of sleep and my little adventure at MKE.

No complaints about either United or United Express this time. Our flights were on time and without any major hiccups. I'm glad I got the opportunity to visit Cleveland, a place I had once driven through but never actually spent any time in. All in all, my wife's UA Miles were well spent. I wish I could do daytrips like that more often. They're great fun.


Bonus - 2013 Quad City Airshow


As mentioned earlier, I'll be talking a little bit about my visit to the 2013 Quad City Airshow which took place in DVN (Davenport, Iowa). This is an event that my parents-in-law (who live in the area) attend nearly every year so this time my wife and I decided to join them. We left Chicago early in the morning and got to Iowa just in time for lunch. Due to the consumption of too many cocktails during lunch, it was decided not to go to the airshow itself after all (which was hosted at the Davenport Municipal Airport premises) but instead enjoy the show from a nearby hill away from all the crowds.

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I love the sight of 757s in the morning


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Crossing the ever-brown Mississippi River from Illinois (left side and background) to Iowa (right)


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On the way to the airshow. Being cheap and agoraphobic I did not join the crowds at the airport but chose to watch the event from a remote hill (for free) with a bunch of hillbilly-looking folk who had the same idea.


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Warming up my camera by stalking bunnies under porches.


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Lots of cool tricks on the menu today


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Training the next generation of spotters


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This was actually quite scary to watch as the aircraft seemed to go nose-down for a long time


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An unimpressed cardinal watches the airshow tricks from a nearby roof. I'm suspecting he thought he could do better because a few moments later he decided to go all-kamikaze on me


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Plenty of gutsy tricks close to the ground


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Well hello there. Here for the airshow too?


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Some more spectators


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Ending the show with a bang!


Thanks for reading. I understand that this destination was less "exotic" than the previous ones in this series but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless. You can find my other reports here: WideBodyroga's Trip Reports

Thanks again.

Stojan (WideBodyroga)



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9345 times:
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Good day Widebodyroga,

Brilliant stuff once again! From the title to the title photo to the text to the other photos to the closing photo to the... Need I to tell you I enjoyed your report? Of course I have some minor mind wanderings while I read it... Here goes:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
As part of my birthday present my wife was kind enough to let me use her UA miles to book a flight for myself.

You do realise you have yourself the finest wife in the industry in the whole Chicago area  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Was this part of her master-plan to get rid of me?

You never know what’s on a woman’s mind but in this case I have serious doubts!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
they suck are infrequent and slow.

Another striketrough alert! I was waiting for it to happen  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
After the FA's request most people kept their window blinds closed

Huh? On a daylight flight? And they asked you to close them?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
In addition, the seats provided legroom that was worse than that of Vueling

How would you know since by my knowledge you haven’t stepped foot on a Vueling plane (yet)? Or did I maybe give you a hint 

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
You couldn't appreciate this from the photo but this guy was very animated and threw a few dance moves while directing the aircraft to the gate

Excellent, where’s that YouTube movie? Good to see people doing their job with dedication!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
until some of us realized that the gate agent (who had made the announcement) had made a mistake and that our gate had in fact not changed.

  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
While we were stuck, air traffic above us was running smoothly

You probably would’ve done better in taking the same way back?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Never before have I regretted more not having brought my headphones with me...

Just hilarious. You might as well have asked her to lowver her voice just a tiny bit...?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Being cheap and agoraphobic

Self-knowledge is the start of all wisdom.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Some more spectators

Déja-vu   But a very nice picture of a simple bird.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I understand that this destination was less "exotic" than the previous ones in this series but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless.

No need to apologise, I enjoyed it thoroughly!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 698 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8932 times:

Hey Stojan,

great report once again, well written in your usual funny style and with nice pictures. To get from Chicago to Milwaukee via Cleveland, well, that's the way to do it   Cleveland for sure is a nice city, certainly much better than its reputation. Been there a couple of times as well (a friend of mine lives in the area) and always enjoyed it, actually the area around the Cuyahoga river is also quite interesting.

Finally two nice flights with UA, even with a little action thrown in with the turbulences.

And what a hilarious story on the train with that lady and her phone, some people   ...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I love the sight of 757s in the morning

Wow, what a cool picture of my favorite plane type   ...

CaptainRed


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8555 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Brilliant stuff once again! From the title to the title photo to the text to the other photos to the closing photo to the... Need I to tell you I enjoyed your report?

Thank you so very much Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
You do realise you have yourself the finest wife in the industry in the whole Chicago area

I do realize it and I do try to constantly remind myself of the fact  .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Another striketrough alert! I was waiting for it to happen

Haha! OK, I promise to stop abusing the strikethrough from now on  .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Huh? On a daylight flight? And they asked you to close them?

Yeah, they made an announcement about it, supposedly to help people sleep since it was such an early morning flight. Needless to say, I kept mine open.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
How would you know since by my knowledge you haven’t stepped foot on a Vueling plane (yet)? Or did I maybe give you a hint

A very good observation Nils. Indeed I have not flown on Vueling but having read so many reports about them and about how abysmally limited their legroom is I feel like I have. I have such a bad memory, did you fly with them recently?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Excellent, where’s that YouTube movie? Good to see people doing their job with dedication!

I wasn't fast enough. It would have made a pretty cool video for sure!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
You probably would’ve done better in taking the same way back?

Yes, indeed. Maybe the way I chose to get back home wasn't all that CLEver after all...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Just hilarious. You might as well have asked her to lowver her voice just a tiny bit...?

Do you want me to get shot, Nils? .

It is hilarious in retrospect but was very annoying at the time. At least I now have a story to tell...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Self-knowledge is the start of all wisdom.

Very well said!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
No need to apologise, I enjoyed it thoroughly!

Thanks again Nils! I very much appreciate your constant feedback on my reports  .

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
great report once again, well written in your usual funny style and with nice pictures. To get from Chicago to Milwaukee via Cleveland, well, that's the way to do it

Hey Captain! Thanks for dropping by. Indeed, ORD and MKE are simply way too close to each other. MKE practically operates as Chicago's 3rd airport in a way. Many people from the northern suburbs fly out of there instead of ORD. I had to find a way to get there that would involve a flight that was longer than the 25-30 mins that a direct flight would have lasted.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
Cleveland for sure is a nice city, certainly much better than its reputation. Been there a couple of times as well (a friend of mine lives in the area) and always enjoyed it, actually the area around the Cuyahoga river is also quite interesting.

Yeah, the town and surrounding area looked pretty decent. And despite what Cleveland's reputation may be, it's still felt much safer than St.Louis when Alex and I went there a few months ago.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
And what a hilarious story on the train with that lady and her phone, some people ...

I don't know why but it seems that lately I always end up sitting next to people that either have funny conversations or are so obnoxious that they are hilarious in retrospect.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
Wow, what a cool picture of my favorite plane type ...

I could only agree! I love 757s. It was so cool seeing it pass in front of the moon and I'm glad I had my camera with  .

Thanks again!

Stojan



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8326 times:

Hi WBR

Super entertaining report and you've really sold CLE to me. How nice to see.

Your pics are excellent - such high quality and I hope you're having fun with the new-ish lens.

What a great and understanding (and generous!) wife you have. She is a star.

Quote:
While looking for alternative routes, UA's booking system offered me this monstrosity: MKE-CLE-GRR-ORD-SBN for just 10.000 miles. This amazing "one-way" itinerary got me drooling like palmjet in a cake shop.

LOL, OK so I don't really need to confess to you that I have a sweet tooth. Cake is good!

Quote:
No complaints about either United or United Express this time. Our flights were on time and without any major hiccups. I'm glad I got the opportunity to visit Cleveland, a place I had once driven through but never actually spent any time in. All in all, my wife's UA Miles were well spent. I wish I could do daytrips like that more often. They're great fun.

What's this? A softening of your view of the Evil One? I am impressed.

Quote:
Labronica can ye hear me? *munch* Yeah, still in Milwaukee. *munch* I told the Amtrak people that if we don't make it to Chicago by 6:15 I'm gonna miss my connection to Detroit. They told me they are gonna put us in buses. *munch* I'm telling you Labronica, I ain't gonna do no bus. Buses give me clasterphobia (sic). *munch* Let me hang up and call Shawanda to tell her about this bulls**t!"

I nearly spat out my coffee. LOL. Such creative names as well. I might change mine to Shawanda. All I can say is "noise cancelling headphones" Never leave home without them!

Sad that this is the last of your recent summer travels. I've really enjoyed all of them. It just goes to show that you don't need to fly on a long haul flight, sit in J, spend hours talking about what type of champagne or entree you were served and whether the meat was cooked to perfection, nor what the lounge looked like - to produce a high quality and entertaining report.

Thanks again Palmjet



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5742 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8241 times:

Hi Widebodyroga,

It's great to see another one of your day trips, I love them!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
conclude my 3-segment Midwestern Summer series

Awww  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
UA's booking system offered me this monstrosity: MKE-CLE-GRR-ORD-SBN for just 10.000 miles

Christ! That's one crazily awesome itinerary, and a bargain!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
It was raining so hard the apron practically flooded

I'm not familiar with the midwest, but isn't 6am very early/late for a storm? I'm familiar with them in the afternoon/evening/night, but I don't think I've ever heard of one in the early morning before.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
The top flag on the left is the flag of Ohio, the only state flag that is non-rectangular

Maybe it's the angle, but is the OH flag higher than the US one? Maybe it's an urban legend, but I didn't think that was permissible?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
Never heard of that brand. What a weird name too, apparently an anglicized version of "Jüngling", the last name of the company's German founder

Ugh   

When I was at college in North Carolina last year that was a VERY popular bear, for some reason. No idea why, it wasn't the worst beer that I drank in America, but that's a very back handed compliment!  

I'm not sure what they call themselves, but at college people pronounced it "yingling"

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
In no other airport have I seen so many CO signs, CO stickers and aircraft with CO titles, after the merge



EWR A-2 is the same, which is also the regional concourse. Maybe they didn't put as much effort into refurbing the express facilities as mainline? I'm not sure why, but it does look quite strange.

Thanks for another great report, I'm going to miss reading these reports! It looks like UA looked after you well this time, and Cleveland looks a surprisingly decent city.

Cheers,
Alex



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User currently offline747luvr From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8144 times:

Great TR. I really enjoyed it. While I am no longer a Clevelander, it's nice to see nice pics of the old city  

User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7592 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 8061 times:

Hi Stojan! Great report as always! I would love to join you in one of these day-trips some time. Thanks for all the pictures.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Never heard of that brand. What a weird name too, apparently an anglicized version of "Jüngling", the last name of the company's German founder

Oh man, it is really good. When I was living in NY, Yuengling was my beer of choice. I'd visit different grocery stores if the one across the street from my apartment did not have Yuengling hehe. It is very well known in NY, NJ and PA.



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User currently offlinenkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2673 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8032 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Never heard of that brand. What a weird name too, apparently an anglicized version of "Jüngling", the last name of the company's German founder

Believe it or not, Yuengling is the oldest brewery in the US... you would think after all these years, the beer would taste better though.

Very nice report, I have been to Cleveland twice(once on business, and once on the way to Cedar Point) and enjoyed it, but defenitely not where I would want to spend a vacation.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7978 times:

ANother suoer Stojan report! Thanks for posting.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
A good looking 757 anchored at the gate next to mine

Ha, makes me think it might just float off into the night

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Some of the FAs didn't even bother to go to their usual seats and simply took whatever passenger seat was closest to them. I must admit I got somewhat nervous. The seatbelt signs remained on for the rest of the flight and the drink service was never completed.

Sounds nerve wracking. I had similar on a FRA-LCY flight...crew told to sit down, then it was a 5 min roller coaster ride.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
The one and only flight attendant on our ERJ-145 was in her 20s and she was dressed in a very unusual way. To be honest she looked like a sorority girl that had just been dragged out of her dorm room. Her hair was tied in a very messy ponytail, she wore a pajama-like jacket the sleeves of which were pulled over her hands (as if she was feeling cold) and had no visible signs of make-up. In fact it took me a while to realize that she was our FA.

American airlines are really able to push the meaning of the work "uniform". Very bad if you couldn't even tell she was crew.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
"Labronica can ye hear me? *munch* Yeah, still in Milwaukee. *munch* I told the Amtrak people that if we don't make it to Chicago by 6:15 I'm gonna miss my connection to Detroit. They told me they are gonna put us in buses. *munch* I'm telling you Labronica, I ain't gonna do no bus. Buses give me clasterphobia (sic). *munch* Let me hang up and call Shawanda to tell her about this bulls**t!"

Haha, sounds like a hoot. No chance to change seats? I just love those names!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
An unimpressed cardinal watches the airshow tricks from a nearby roof. I'm suspecting he thought he could do better because a few moments later he decided to go all-kamikaze on me

Super shot!



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User currently offlinevsmike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7943 times:

Hi WBR,

Great read. Your TRs are as interesting to read as is watching Palmjet in a cake/sweets shoppe. I especailly love the punctuation of avia-photography with that of local fowl. Makes me giggle - and think of Frontier Airlines at the same time.

Cleveland, as you likely know, is often referred to as "The Mistake By The Lake". Given that you've found anything rewarding there, you deserve a medal. I mean, with recent events as they are, CLE isn't high on anyone's list to visit... which might explain the relatively low "price point" for your travels. I dunno... I'm just pontificating. For my money though, the best thing I've seen come out of Cleveland lately (as a result of one disaster) is this Autotune song, "Dead Giveaway": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nHBdLjUdQE

FYI, Yuengling beer(s), from Pottstown, PA, are near-and-dear to my old stomping grounds of PHL. Its a great brew, which has recently gone the way of Sam Adams and perhaps, Tastycake (http://www.tastykake.com/)... once-great local establishments which have gone global... and usually at the sacrifice of their hometown traditions. No great. Not bad. But always better than Bud.

Keep flying high,
VSM

[Edited 2013-08-08 12:08:10]


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User currently offlinecblikestofly From United States of America, joined May 2005, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7865 times:

Very enjoyable TR and you had me laughing out loud describing the conversations your fellow passenger on the train was having! I always enjoy your reports and I have a good friend who lives in Ruse, BG and T and you have a similar sense of humor which I appreciate.

Looking forward to your next report,
cb


User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7712 times:

Oh my dear Stojan... as I am flying I had to LOL on your comment about "LaBronica".. Enough said. Awesome pictures as usual... you rock my dear friend!!!


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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1088 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7503 times:

Hello!
Nice UA hops you have had. Also some sightseeing in Cleveland! I always wonder how does it look like over there.
It's easy to fly across the USA (and earn a lot of status miles) but the security check is outrageous. That's the real pain.
Thank you for sharing all the stories and pictures.
net-hkt



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7216 times:

Hi Stojan,

An excellent report full of detail and wit. I rate all that highly... you make the plane jane airlines of America actually seem pretty interesting...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
The colorful tunnel connecting concourses B and C at ORD

Is it your photo skills or are US Airports really bucking up their ideas?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
A few hours in Cleveland

This was quite interesting... wouldn't be my first choice, but sometimes that can be a good thing.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
I have not seen that much accumulated scum since the last time I watched the Miami Heat play

boom boom. Colourful enough though!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
she looked like a sorority girl that had just been dragged out of her dorm room.

great stuff! She sounds like a bit of a rebellious fox... less rabbits, more foxes - photo next time!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
She then called Shawanda, Tiquana, Isabella, Tuscany and Monica and repeated the same information over and over again

These are all the names I had set aside for my future family. Hurrah!

Wonderful series of flying in the Midwest? I was actually about this area 2 years ago. Quite friendly people!

Luke



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User currently offlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4304 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7173 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
These Canada geese are not far from home

They are called Canadian Geese and if you want a few thousand go to my hometown for them we don't like them as they smell and are always crapping all over the place.

Your report is very well done and your photography is amazing, really well done trip report.



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6982 times:
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Great photography again, widebodyroga, and looking forward to seeing where your travels next take you.

I've been through the CLE airport quite a few times of late, as I've been flying United pretty consistently over the past year. Nice to see some photos from the city. My wife and I have also flown into MKE before and driven to her parents in Chicago, to avoid some of the congestion of ORD. Definitely a good option!

Matthew


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6899 times:

Thank you guys for all the comments. They are highly appreciated!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
Super entertaining report and you've really sold CLE to me. How nice to see.

Your pics are excellent - such high quality and I hope you're having fun with the new-ish lens.

Thanks Palmjet! The city of Cleveland should give me a cut from all the profits they'll make from the hoards of tourists that would flock in after reading my report! And yes, the new lens still is a ton of fun!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
What a great and understanding (and generous!) wife you have. She is a star.

She is great. I wish she could come with me to these trips but her schedule is much less flexible than mine.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
LOL, OK so I don't really need to confess to you that I have a sweet tooth. Cake is good!

Hehe, nothing wrong with some cake every now and then I guess. Even I have to agree with that. As long as it doesn't have that nasty sugary frosting that is so popular here in the US!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
What's this? A softening of your view of the Evil One? I am impressed.

My fairly good experiences with United Express so far have mellowed me down. I do plan to fly Momma-UA on a couple long-haul-ish flights later in the year and I'm curious to see if they are gonna be trouble-free as well.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
I nearly spat out my coffee. LOL. Such creative names as well. I might change mine to Shawanda. All I can say is "noise cancelling headphones" Never leave home without them!

This lady seems to be such a big hit. I almost did not include her on the report. But you're absolutely right. I do need to invest some money on some noise-cancelling headphones.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 6):
Sad that this is the last of your recent summer travels. I've really enjoyed all of them. It just goes to show that you don't need to fly on a long haul flight, sit in J, spend hours talking about what type of champagne or entree you were served and whether the meat was cooked to perfection, nor what the lounge looked like - to produce a high quality and entertaining report.

Thanks you so much for your kind words, palmjet. You always have something nice to say. I'm also sad that my Midwestern daytrips have come to an end for this summer but I'm planning to be in Europe later this summer so I have that to look forward to.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Hi Widebodyroga,

It's great to see another one of your day trips, I love them!

Thanks Alex, I'm really glad you enjoyed them!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Awww

I wish I could do a couple more before the end of the summer. I have a few more miles left so I may use them for another daytrip in the winter.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Christ! That's one crazily awesome itinerary, and a bargain!

I'm still kinda sad that I didn't go for it. It would have been a day full of flying, all for just $5 in fees. Maybe some other time  .

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
I'm not familiar with the midwest, but isn't 6am very early/late for a storm? I'm familiar with them in the afternoon/evening/night, but I don't think I've ever heard of one in the early morning before.

While not common, it's not unheard of either. Especially in the Spring we get a few of those. They make commuting to work pure Hell...

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Maybe it's the angle, but is the OH flag higher than the US one? Maybe it's an urban legend, but I didn't think that was permissible?

You know, I was actually wondering the same thing. The Ohio flag was indeed higher than the US one (as far as I could tell). As far I know this is not supposed to happen. Only in Texas would you see the state and US flag be flown at the same level.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Ugh

When I was at college in North Carolina last year that was a VERY popular bear, for some reason. No idea why, it wasn't the worst beer that I drank in America, but that's a very back handed compliment!

Whenever I see an American Light beer I usually stay away. I understand what you're saying though. It's hard to be worse than Coors, Bud, or Miller Light...

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
EWR A-2 is the same, which is also the regional concourse. Maybe they didn't put as much effort into refurbing the express facilities as mainline? I'm not sure why, but it does look quite strange.

You're right. Regionals are probably the ones at the bottom of the priority list. Soon I suppose...

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):
Thanks for another great report, I'm going to miss reading these reports! It looks like UA looked after you well this time, and Cleveland looks a surprisingly decent city.

Thanks Alex. I'm booked to head to Europe later this summer so if I end up with enough interesting material I'll put another TR together.

As for UA and Cleveland, I had low expectations to begin with, which is why I was eventually happy with what I received  .

Quoting 747luvr (Reply 8):
Great TR. I really enjoyed it. While I am no longer a Clevelander, it's nice to see nice pics of the old city

Thanks 747luvr. It's always nice to see images of old stomping grounds. I feel the same way about some (though not all!) the places I lived in the past...

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 9):
Hi Stojan! Great report as always! I would love to join you in one of these day-trips some time. Thanks for all the pictures.

Hey, Eddie! Nice to hear from you! I'd love it if you could join me in a trip like that. These kind of trips are so much better with company!

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 9):
Oh man, it is really good. When I was living in NY, Yuengling was my beer of choice. I'd visit different grocery stores if the one across the street from my apartment did not have Yuengling hehe. It is very well known in NY, NJ and PA.
Quoting nkops (Reply 10):
Believe it or not, Yuengling is the oldest brewery in the US... you would think after all these years, the beer would taste better though.

This is kinda embarrassing actually. I consider myself a beer enthusiast and I've never even heard of this brand. I'm getting some mixed reviews here though. You Eddie, seem to like it while others (like you, nkops) not so much. I need to get my hands on it. Too bad I've not seen a single place in Chicago that sells it. I should have tried to sample it while I was in Cleveland...

Quoting nkops (Reply 10):
Very nice report, I have been to Cleveland twice(once on business, and once on the way to Cedar Point) and enjoyed it, but defenitely not where I would want to spend a vacation.

Thanks nkops! Yeah, while not a vacationing hotspot it seems like Cleveland is just fine for a daytrip and some sightseeing. Architecture-wise it's quite interesting I must say.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
ANother suoer Stojan report! Thanks for posting.

Thank you so very much Gab!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Ha, makes me think it might just float off into the night

It was the only decent photo of an aircraft I got while at ORD. The rain started soon afterwards and I couldn't do any more spotting.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Sounds nerve wracking. I had similar on a FRA-LCY flight...crew told to sit down, then it was a 5 min roller coaster ride.

Yeah, normally turbulence doesn't bother me but that was something else.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
American airlines are really able to push the meaning of the work "uniform". Very bad if you couldn't even tell she was crew.

At one point during boarding I honestly thought to myself "Why is this girl moving up and down the isle? Sit down already". lol.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Haha, sounds like a hoot. No chance to change seats? I just love those names!

The train was packed (due to the delay) so I couldn't change seats. I was stuck where I was with this unique form of "entertainment".

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Super shot!

My favorite shot of the entire weekend!

Quoting vsmike (Reply 12):
Hi WBR,

Great read. Your TRs are as interesting to read as is watching Palmjet in a cake/sweets shoppe. I especailly love the punctuation of avia-photography with that of local fowl. Makes me giggle - and think of Frontier Airlines at the same time.

Thanks Mike! Given my love of animals it's kinda surprising I haven't flown with Frontier yet. Their tails looks awfully cute! As for palmjet in a cake shop, that's something I want to see one day!

Quoting vsmike (Reply 12):
Cleveland, as you likely know, is often referred to as "The Mistake By The Lake".

That made me lol!

Quoting vsmike (Reply 12):
Given that you've found anything rewarding there, you deserve a medal. I mean, with recent events as they are, CLE isn't high on anyone's list to visit... which might explain the relatively low "price point" for your travels. I dunno... I'm just pontificating. For my money though, the best thing I've seen come out of Cleveland lately (as a result of one disaster) is this Autotune song, "Dead Giveaway":

I was laughing for 15 minutes straight after watching this video (I know I shouldn't). And now the song is stuck in my head...

Quoting vsmike (Reply 12):
FYI, Yuengling beer(s), from Pottstown, PA, are near-and-dear to my old stomping grounds of PHL. Its a great brew, which has recently gone the way of Sam Adams and perhaps, Tastycake (http://www.tastykake.com/)... once-great local establishments which have gone global... and usually at the sacrifice of their hometown traditions. No great. Not bad. But always better than Bud.

Oh, my! Those tastykakes look nasty. It's not a coincidence that my boss once called me "a mutant" for not liking sweets. I'd rather eat fermented eggs with anchovies than touch those things!

Quoting cblikestofly (Reply 13):
Very enjoyable TR and you had me laughing out loud describing the conversations your fellow passenger on the train was having! I always enjoy your reports and I have a good friend who lives in Ruse, BG and T and you have a similar sense of humor which I appreciate.

Looking forward to your next report,

Thanks cblikestofly! I'm glad you enjoyed the report. Funnily enough I've never been to Ruse (or any other Bulgarian city on the Danube) even though I've traveled all over the world. Always wanted but never got the chance.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
Oh my dear Stojan... as I am flying I had to LOL on your comment about "LaBronica".. Enough said. Awesome pictures as usual... you rock my dear friend!!!

Thanks Bill! I'm glad I could offer some in-flight entertainment! Actually I shouldn't take the credit for this. We should all thank Labronica's friend. I hope you had a pleasant flight back home  .

Quoting nethkt (Reply 15):
Hello!
Nice UA hops you have had. Also some sightseeing in Cleveland! I always wonder how does it look like over there.
It's easy to fly across the USA (and earn a lot of status miles) but the security check is outrageous. That's the real pain.
Thank you for sharing all the stories and picture

Thank you nethkt. No complaints about UA (it helped that both hops were pretty short). Agreed about the security checks. I don't mind the security check itself of course but the wait in those long lines kills me.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
An excellent report full of detail and wit. I rate all that highly... you make the plane jane airlines of America actually seem pretty interesting...

Hey Luke, glad you enjoyed this report too. When flying to "boring" places like that one has to find ways to make the trip fun. Taking photos and paying attention to little silly details around me is what does it for me.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
Is it your photo skills or are US Airports really bucking up their ideas?

Actually this tunnel at ORD is pretty cool. I've always enjoyed walking through there. But yeah, I'm willing to take credit for making it look awesome in this particular photo.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
This was quite interesting... wouldn't be my first choice, but sometimes that can be a good thing.

Cleveland would not have been my first choice either but I guess I was left with no choice given that the only non-direct way to get to MKE was via CLE. Also there are no non-direct flight to SBN out of ORD... I'm glad I got to visit though.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
boom boom. Colourful enough though!

Albeit disgusting, this little corner of scum and trash was fascinating and I simply had to take a photo.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
great stuff! She sounds like a bit of a rebellious fox... less rabbits, more foxes - photo next time!

Hehe, I seldom take photos of people but maybe I should have on this occasion. She was fairly unique...

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
These are all the names I had set aside for my future family. Hurrah!

My all-time favorite name is La-a (pronounced Ladasha).

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
Wonderful series of flying in the Midwest? I was actually about this area 2 years ago. Quite friendly people!

Too bad I didn't know that or I should have arranged a wee meeting between you (a real Scot) and myself (an honorary one). Next time you find yourself in this neck of the woods, do let me know.

Quoting brilondon (Reply 17):
They are called Canadian Geese and if you want a few thousand go to my hometown for them we don't like them as they smell and are always crapping all over the place.

Your report is very well done and your photography is amazing, really well done trip report.

It's funny that until a week ago, I called them "Canadian Geese" until I read an article that specified that their correct name is "Canada Geese". Maybe both names are correct these days? I thing they are incredibly beautiful animals but I understand that they can be a bit of a pain when in great numbers.

Thank you very much for your kind words, brilondon. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed the report.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
Great photography again, widebodyroga, and looking forward to seeing where your travels next take you.

Thank you Matthew! Next destination is Europe at the end of the month. Haven't been there for 9 months now but it feels it's been much longer.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
I've been through the CLE airport quite a few times of late, as I've been flying United pretty consistently over the past year. Nice to see some photos from the city. My wife and I have also flown into MKE before and driven to her parents in Chicago, to avoid some of the congestion of ORD. Definitely a good option!

Despite flying UA a lot in recent years I had not been at CLE before and neither had I been to MKE despite the proximity to Chicago. I'm glad to have ticked both off my list. Despite the trouble I encountered at MKE this time, I will consider it in the future as an alternative to ORD and MKE (if the price or routings are right).

Thanks again,

Stojan



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6875 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 19):
paying attention to little silly details around me is what does it for me.

and your readers too... it would appear

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 19):
I seldom take photos of people but maybe I should have on this occasion. She was fairly unique..

She sounds thrilling, especially with the jumper pulled over her hands like a bashful toddler. haha.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 19):
Too bad I didn't know that or I should have arranged a wee meeting between you (a real Scot) and myself (an honorary one). Next time you find yourself in this neck of the woods, do let me know.

Yes, I must try to be more vocal about where I am travelling through as I hear alot of this thing - I suppose we are a global community! Likewise if you find yourself in the throngs of Whisky-soaked Scotland!



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6683 times:

Hi Stojan


Great review about the off-the beaten path destination CLE! looks like a pretty nice airport and city.
UA did the job well getting you from A to B.
Too bad about the Amtrak mishap.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6616 times:

Nice TR as usual. Never seen much of Cleveland before. That Noah comment was the only thing I ever enjoyed watching him do and man was it funny but somewhat true.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
The former stomping grounds of the self-proclaimed "Chosen One"
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I have not seen that much accumulated scum since the last time I watched the Miami Heat play

Haters gonna Hate I see  I guess if you are from Chicago it makes it a bit better.



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6563 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
She sounds thrilling, especially with the jumper pulled over her hands like a bashful toddler. haha.

If I recall correctly you mentioned that your type of woman is blonde. Unfortunately this FA had jet black hair, but judging by the color of her skin, the innumerable freckles and the piercing blue eyes, I would say that she was not a natural brunette.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
Yes, I must try to be more vocal about where I am travelling through as I hear alot of this thing - I suppose we are a global community! Likewise if you find yourself in the throngs of Whisky-soaked Scotland!

Excellent. I do want to visit my old stomping grounds again. I do miss St.Andrews a lot.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Great review about the off-the beaten path destination CLE! looks like a pretty nice airport and city.
UA did the job well getting you from A to B.
Too bad about the Amtrak mishap.

Thank you very much Marc! Indeed, no complaints about UA this time. Let's see if they keep it up!  .

Quoting flymia (Reply 22):
Nice TR as usual. Never seen much of Cleveland before. That Noah comment was the only thing I ever enjoyed watching him do and man was it funny but somewhat true.

Thanks man. Yeah, Noah is kinda annoying and he should try to keep his mouth shut. When I heard him say this about Cleveland, I just facepalmed myself and shook my head.

Quoting flymia (Reply 22):
Haters gonna Hate I see I guess if you are from Chicago it makes it a bit better.

Haha, I'm a hater alright . But nothing against the Heat organization (if anything I feel bad for them for having practically no non-bandwagon-riding fans). But for as long as the "King" and (especially) D-Wade behave like self-absorbed idiots, I will be cheering against them, even if they play FOR the Bulls.  



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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6504 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 23):
Thanks man. Yeah, Noah is kinda annoying and he should try to keep his mouth shut. When I heard him say this about Cleveland, I just facepalmed myself and shook my head.

But it had plenty of truth to it. Certainly the truth to it helped Lebron come to Miami.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 23):
Haha, I'm a hater alright . But nothing against the Heat organization (if anything I feel bad for them for having practically no non-bandwagon-riding fans).

I am not going to sit here and say we have great fans but its not as bad as people want to believe. Now the Lebron only fans. Yes there are a ton of those around the country who will go for whatever team Lebron plays for. But this is for another thread. Lets see how opening night goes.



"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
25 Post contains images buck3y3nut : That's cause it isn't available West of the Ohio border. Used to be that you couldn't even get it in Ohio. About a year & few months ago, they ma
26 N766UA : Cool pics of Cleveland! You actually made it look pretty interesting. It's a shame more people don't care about downtown (outsiders and native Clevela
27 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Even if it had plenty of truth in it, it lacked tact, something Noah should look up in the dictionary . It should be a fun season . I hope everyone s
28 Post contains images dc9northwest : Hey Stojan, Looks like your reports are getting quite the following here I'm sorry to see you're only visiting "mildly interesting" places , but good
29 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Widebodyroga, very cool report with many fantastic pictures! You know I'm a fan of your artistic work. Very nice present! PH
30 Post contains images CIDFlyer : Once again an awesome trip report with great pics and commentary! Hurry up and go somewhere again so I can enjoy another one Thanks for sharing!
31 roberts87 : Hey, what an entertaining trip report as alwasy! Sounds like you had a great day. Cleveland is indeed not a destinantion that would come to mind for a
32 Post contains images adamspotter : Hi Stojan, Once again an amazing report you made here with many nice pictures! Such a nice last part to your midwestern summer series here Despite Cle
33 Post contains images SR117 : Greetings Widebodyroga Many thanks for this very exotic report Your wife is a very special lady. Miles sound like a great gift. Even if it was one way
34 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Thanks everyone for the additional replies. My apologies for the delay at getting back to you but I was away for a couple of weeks. Hey, Alex. Thanks
35 Post contains images dc9northwest : Yes, well, I agree it's an interesting story but now I can't even find the pictures. They might be on M's laptop only. Grrr. Very alternative. Very h
36 Post contains images IrishAyes : Stojan - Great TR! I actually have read this one twice now, but realized I never had a chance to remark on my favorite parts. I've only flown thru CLE
37 Widebodyroga : Thank you so very much R! I got teased a little bit for my decision to visit CLE but I'm glad I did! I love morning thunderstorms. Living in the UK a
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