2007 COOPERSTOWN ROAD TRIP Day 17: The Voyage Home

10 Jul

Despite getting back to our hotel around midnight, Blake and I both woke up early to continue our packing.  We realized that if we were going to be bringing home twelve bottles of Yuengling and four cans of Ballentine’s, we would need something else in which to carry them.

Since our plan was to head back to Little Italy to get cannolis to bring home, we located an open shipping supply store in Little Italy to purchase boxes and packaging tape.   Ferrara opened at 8:00 AM, and we purchased several small cannoli shells and a few tubes of frozen cannoli cream.

On our walk back to the subway, Blake noticed a bar with a neon Schaefer Beer sign on in the window, and commented, “I can’t remember the last time I had a Schaefer!”  Just then, he noticed through the window two men sitting at the bar, turned to me and asked, “Do you think they’re open?”  We poked our heads inside and sure enough, they were indeed open.  So Blake and I sat down at the bar at 8:15 AM and each had a pint of Schaefer on tap!

We returned to Hotel 31, finished packing and headed out to LaGuardia to fly home.  Fortunately, if we forgot to buy anything, I would be returning to New York a week later for a gig at Lincoln Center.

Interestingly, after over two weeks of baseball, we would be missing the MLB All Star Game from AT&T Park in San Francisco as we would be in the air for most of the game.  We landed at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to change planes and learned that Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki had hit an inside-the-park home run.  We also learned that our connecting flight was delayed, as weather conditions in the Midwest were rather severe.

We eventually arrived at John Wayne Airport, very late, very tired, and ready for our own beds at home.  Still, this trip was one for the ages.  I’m not sure when or if we’ll be able to take another trip of this magnitude, but Blake and I certainly had an epic time.

Without a doubt, Pittsburgh was our favorite stop of the entire trip.  Not only was it the best stadium experience of our journey, but they had the best bang-for-your-buck hot dog at PNC Park, Primanti Bros. offered us the most unique dining experience, Church Brew Works gave us the most unique microbrewery experience, and the people there were just delightful.  Originally, the plan had been to take Amtrak everywhere on this trip, but had we done so, we would have spent an entire day on a train between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and would have missed out on exploring such a great town.

We definitely want to revisit all these great cities, spend more time in Cooperstown, and in particular, see the new stadiums in New York and Washington DC once they are built.  Thank you for joining us on this adventure!  We hope that you have been entertained by our travels and invite you to follow our adventures in the future!



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