Observation: Regrets about ELM? Well, I do have a few, and one of them I don’t think I could have resolved without a lot of work is all the “diamonds in the rough”. Often I will be riding through abandoned, burnt out or just a rough neighborhood with block after block of dilapidated houses when suddenly I’ll come upon this amazing structure in the middle of a street. In many neighborhoods, these houses wouldn’t even be noticed, but in this setting, it’s very different. Sometimes it just a house kept in great shape with a manicured lawn or sometimes it’s some house that has 300 flowerbeds or some perfect paint job, and it just stands out to you. But when I look at the pictures of them later, they just never tell the story. Even when I’ve tried to capture the houses around them, the feeling still doesn’t come through. I feel it’s something you just have to experience. But I do applaud those people for making a difference in their own way, and sure neighbors who drive by more often appreciate it even more than I do. It’s funny to think that when they will be successful, is when you no longer notice them.
Distance: 42.70 miles
D-Fact: The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) collection is regarded as among the top six museums in the United States with a collection of art is valued around $8.1 billion according to a 2014 appraisal.