My dad and I are die hard Red Sox fans (he's been a fan since the 60's) so I thought hey why don't we go to Cleveland for games 1 and 2 of the playoffs and then I could meet my friends in Green Bay. My dad was in so I bought very expensive tickets on stub hub for about $300 USD per ticket per game. The plan was my dad would fly into Cleveland and I would drive there and meet him.
I drove from Winnipeg. MB to Gary. IN where I stayed at Majestic Star Casino. This is a long boring drive that I have done many times. I stopped at Chipotle for dinner as I do whenever I am in the states cause it is just sooooo good. After dinner I went to Mystic Lake Casino to take a break from driving and managed to very quickly find myself down $140 playing evil sides. I managed to hit a good run on BJ and won $30. Sadly someone had wiped all 30 UX machines so their was no vulturing to be had. I didn't manage my time well and between staying way too long at the casino, traffic in Chicago and construction I didn't get to Gary, IN until almost 3 am beyond tired. Oops!
P.S Tolls suck!
I woke up and gambled away $120 at Majestic Star before hitting the road. I paid some more tolls before getting to the Cleveland airport to pick up my dad. We checked into the Days Inn and tried to nap with no luck. Before the game we went to Melt Bar and Grill which we loved last time that we were in Cleveland. I would definitely suggest checking it out. They take a massive grilled cheese and put almost full meals inside of it. They have chicken parmesan, meatballs with mozzarella sticks, chorizo and potato etc. I think you get the idea. On this visit I had the chicken parm grilled cheese which had the largest chicken parm I have ever seen inside of the grilled cheese. It was so good but way too much food. After dinner we parked for the game and walked over to Jack Casino so that I could grab a new chip since I haven't been there since they changed the name of the casino. I played one hand of horrible 6-5 BJ and got a BJ for a small $10 win and then we left for the game. The game was an amazing atmosphere, 42,000 screaming fans and we were not in friendly territory. The game started well with the Sox jumping out to a lead but from there they couldn't score much and Rick Porcello was getting hammered every time he threw a pitch. He left down 5-3 and although the Sox had multiple chances they couldn't beat the Indians bullpen and eventually lost 5-4.
This was a very simple day. It started with another visit to Melt bar and grill where I had the breakfast grilled cheese that has bacon and eggs sunny side up in it. From there we went to the game and got absolutely dominated by Cory Kluber. He dominated and nobody was going to hit him that day. Sox lost 6-0 and would be eliminated three days later in game 3 at Fenway Park. It is a very sad time for a Sox fan as this team had the potential to win it all but they slumped at exactly the wrong time.
I dropped my dad at the airport around 5 am and headed to Cincinnati to get a chip from the new Jack Casino. I got there lost about $50 and then went to Chipotle for lunch. From there I drove to the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond to kill some time because I wasn't supposed to be in Green Bay until around 9 pm. I got Hammond and lost some money on vulturing before grabbing a free buffet there. It was a solid buffet, I am not a big fan of buffets but it was fresh so it was good. I then drove to GB and got caught in the terrible Chicago traffic, I don't understand how people do that every day. When I finally got to GB we all went out for drinks and got quite lubricated. We made a drunken trip to the casino (took a cab don't worry) and everyone lost except for yours truly who got the casino for a whole $45. Weee!
Sunday was game day. We grabbed breakfast at this place across the street from the hotel. It was good but they didn't have Sunday ticket so we walked back to the bar from the previous night. They had a buy 1 get one 1 on all drinks which meant my alcoholic friend was happy. He drank 8 double rum and cokes while I hadn't finished 2 beer yet. Wow! We then went to hotel to catch the shuttle to the game where my drunk friend had another beer in the hotel lobby. We got to the game and went to Brett Favre's bar and grill where we had free tickets to the tailgate in the parking lot. There was free food and drinks for 3 hours before the game and we all took full advantage of that. My drunk friend had at least 12 drinks and was slobbering drunk while the rest of us were just riding a nice buzz. Lambeau field is beautiful! I loved everything about it (except maybe the metal benches|). The crowd was great, the views were amazing, just an overall great experience. My friends continued to put away $10 beer after $10 beer until they were all hammered. I personally refuse to pay that much for a beer. The Giants lost which always makes me happy and then we took another trip to the casino where I lost $40.
The drive from Green Bay to Winnipeg is long and I decided to break up the drive by going to a bunch of casinos. Seemed like a good idea. I lost $250 at Menominee and lost on vulturing too. Next was North Star Mohican where I played DD and won $600 and I was finally up on gambling for the trip. Ho chunk got me for $50 and I then got Running Aces in Minnesota for $115. As always I wasted too much time and now was exhausted, you would think I would learn right? I drove about halfway from Minneapolis to Winnipeg before pulling over at a rest stop and sleeping in my back seat. This is why I always travel with a blanket! I woke up, grabbed breakfast and drove the last 4.5 hours home where I went to sleep at around 11 am.
All told the trip was fun, sad that the Sox lost but all three games I saw between baseball and football were awesome. I drove just under 3000 miles over the 7 days. I didn't keep perfect records of spending but overall I spent $213 on gas, $34 on tolls and won about $300. My overall spending was about $180 cash, $305 for Packers ticket and hotel and $600 for Red Sox tickets. All told a pretty awesome trip for under $1100 US.
I hope you enjoy this and it isn't too all over the place as I am writing it while I am currently so tired that I am having trouble seeing straight lol.
Good report, PG,thanks! I don't know how Chicago/Milwaukee corridor can be tolerable as a regular commute, either. Just awful the couple times I did it.
It might be faster to completely drive around Chicago.
It might be faster to completely drive around Chicago.
It is if I were say driving from Cleveland directly home to Winnipeg but not to go to GB. The around Chicago method adds too much distance.
Chipotle? Are you mad? Or you must use teh free Canadian healthcare.
All the bad press aside, I still enjoy a Chicken bowl about once a month from Chipotle. I would guess PG is a burrito buyer?
As a mild NYY fan I am not saddened by BOS getting bounced in the playoffs. They just did not have the pitching to make a deep run and relied heavily on their offense. I really do not like the Blue Jays, but they honestly had the best combo of pitching and hitting in the AL East. Those ticket prices for the CLE home playoff games sounded very reasonable. Tickets in BOS obviously would have been much more. BOS fans seem to travel well due to better ticket prices around the country (think Tampa Bay/Miami).
Thanks for the trip report.
I hate chicago. I was once hauling a car at 4 am. It was crazy traffic like rush hour already. I was going 70 and getting past like I wasn't moving. Oh and wtf, there were exits to the right, to the left, and in the freaking middle lane. Who the hell has exits in lane 3 of a 5 lane highway.
Yeah, if traffic isn't jammed, you gotta go at least 70 to not cause a hazard. I dunno where this "middle lane" exit is though. It's still significantly better than Atlanta though.
Nice report PokerGrinder!