Woke up in Hammond Indiana but first a couple of observations on SFO to ORD. Virgin America left late, then we waited on the tarmac at O’hare in Chicago for over 1/2 an hour but most importantly here, do not rent a car from Thrifty at O’hare – they advertise that they are in the Airport but all of the rental companies are a shuttle away. While the Alamo/National/Hertz/Avis etc shuttles came by to pick up passengers every few minutes, we waited about 35 minutes for the Thrifty Shuttle and then they are another 15 minute drive past where all the others are and 20 of us poured into the Rental Office and there was 2 people to handle everybody and one of them was on the phone with a problem the whole time. And arriving in Chicago during Friday rush hour not recommended either!

Hammond Indiana, in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area is home of the John Dillinger Museum. Armed with a fake wooden gun, the infamous gangster John Dillinger made a daring escape from the Crown Point County Jail in Northwest Indiana in 1934. Now, more than 80 years later, Dillinger has returned to Crown Point.


They say that someone carved the wooden gun on the streets of Chicago and his lawyer brought it in.


Heres Dillinger in court, he is actually considered responsible for creating the modern FBI, the national fingerprint database, launching J Edgar Hoover’s career and creating the Public Enemy #1 designation.


Now i am off back to Chicago to load up at Lagunitas and check out our wood in their Chicago establishment and then driving off to Bucyrus Ohio, I think there’s a Capone night club there!

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I am on the Airporter from Ptown to SFO and then flying to Chicago, rent an suv, with a brief stop at Lagunitas Swag Shop courtesy of my old pal Ron Lindenbusch (Dr Cerveza) to load up with goodies before i spend the night in Hammond Indiana. Hammond is just South of Gary Indiana Gary Indiana Gary. (as the song goes) Then off to Bucyrus Ohio for a couple days to check on our warehouse in Upper Sandusky, our miller in Bucyrus and meet up with one of the Na Na’s, Rianna the budding Archeologist who’s working outside Toledo Ohio right now. My trip kinda looks like this


only i take all the backroads between each of these stops! and the whole matter is subject to change after Charlotte NC depending on wood or warehouse or barn that pops out of our internet! I love being on the Road and taking you all with me!  There would be more stops in this but Google Maps quits at 10 – Here to entertain y’all and keep feeding the Heritage Salvage Machine – i have the best gang in the world shepherded by our wonderful Mother Hen Karen Dondero! Love you all