Around 9:00am we loaded the car and started our drive towards Port Huron in Michigan. Typically it’s 5 hours long drive but we decided to take a detour!
But first things first, a stop at the first Starbucks in Indiana, State #16 of our trip. And we scored another mug!
And then the big question call my boss and extend the vacation to visit some other states? Or stick to the plan?
Emily was already a sleep at that moment and soon after we passed the state border between Indiana and Michigan, State #17 this is als is also the last state of our amazing trip! And we are also back to our usual, Eastern Time zone!
From there we drove straight to Nelly’s Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan! This is the reason for our 30 minute detour. We knew it existed and had this planned as a break in the middle of today’s trip toward Port Huron.
Nelly’s Dutch Village is a fun little stop along the road. We loved seeing old Dutch things and typical Dutch things on our Roadtrip through the US.
We start with lunch with Dutch Dogs (frikandel, almost like the real thing) and Kroketten (beef croquettes, they are better in Canada).
After we had lunch it was time for school! And as soon as school it was time for fun. Emily loved the gigantic wooden shoe slide, the carrousel, Harry’s Windmill Ride (a Ferris wheel) and the Windmill Water Pumping race with Ducks most.
Also she tried on wooden shoes for the first time ever.
After we bought some little things in the gift shop before we drove to Port Huron. The roads were terrible, Belgium roads (for non Europeans, they have the worst roads in North-West Europe) are a luxury compared to the I-69 and the I-96 and the I-196 in Michigan.
The closer we got to our hotel the more we regret it that we didn’t pass the Canadian boarder today as we had only 5 minutes of traffic in Chicago.
And if we look out of our hotel room we can actually see he bridge which brings us into Canada tomorrow.
But first a final visit to a Target, some food court food as Emily asked “Mama, Papa, can I have rice please?” and getting the last US cheap gas before we call it a day.
If we are lucky and it is not to busy at the border tomorrow morning we only have 4 hours to go on this amazing trip!