Although our driving distance and charging time was not very much today, it was an exciting and exhausting day. We decided to stay at the historic Dearborn Inn, a hotel built by Henry Ford for visitors. The Inn is lovely with lots of automobile pictures, of course. Our stay coincided with a large car festival being held in the area, and several luxurious Dusenbergs, Pierce Arrows, Packards and multitudes of other cars were parked around the hotel.We met a former graduate student of mine, Mark, and his son Eli, for dinner. Mark is the person who helped us on the engineering side of things to make contacts for our visit. He’s been with Ford for 20 years…..it seems like yesterday we were working on his master’s research project.I didn’t explain how Bill Chapin learned about our trip, which is one of those coincidences that makes you wonder about how the world operates. When I contacted Mark a couple months ago to tell him about my idea for this trip, he contacted Bill Ford’s office with the information instead of calling up the local insane asylum. A senior adviser to Bill Ford received Mark’s note, and as it turns out, he is also a grandson of Roy Chapin, and a first cousin of Bill Chapin. He passed the information on to Bill.
Our day ended with dinner with Mark and Eli. Unfortunately, the Dearborn Inn did not have any outdoor receptacles as I scoured the grounds, which meant we would start the next day charging at a nearby Meijer grocery store that has an EV charge station.