I am exhausted today. I almost called into work and took one of my comp days today. I have comp days from working on the 4th of July, and from working the worst maintenance window ever, the next night. I haven't been out in Kansas City since Jeff's birthday on Thursday. He's joined the 29-club, and now for a brief period, we are the same age until my 30th next month.
I was talking with Tomika today over IM, and got to reminiscing about traveling, and how much fun it is. I've been trying to think of a route for my next big trip, which will begin with Philadelphia and end with Chicago. Craig and I are going over the week of Labor Day, in a couple of months, and it's time to start planning.
So I put it to what's left of my readership: where should we go? Keep in mind that to make the cut of consideration, suggested places must be within walking or taxi distance of public transit and Amtrak, because as with the West Coast Brewtrip and the Great Canadian Brewtrip, we will not be driving at all.
So what would make a good place to stop on the way? I would like very much to stop in Harrisburg, because I had a great time when I went there for work in 2004. I haven't really explored Pittsurgh in about 12 years, when I destroyed the family van. I'm sure it's a treasure trove of great beer and original city architecture. I've always loved Cleveland when I've been there. Detroit seemed like a lot of fun from the extremely low exposure I had to it last summer.
Anyway, let me know! What's worth seeing?
Monk's Cafe is a must-hit in Philly, in my opinion.
I've wanted to hit Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, but haven't made it there yet.
Toledo has several good beer bars, so Herman tells me. I've been to a couple with him, and was satisfied. But Toledo might not be very manageable without a car..
The only new notable place in Chicago I know of is Piece, a pizza place / brewpub.
8:55 PM, Jul 11, 2008