Surviving Indianapolis: Day One

Hello again, everyone!
This is Val, writing from Indy.
I’m not sure exactly how I did it without any push back, but I got Matthew to take another road trip. I do think mentioning a metro area with more than 2.4 million people helped a little.
It’s a somewhat small roadtrip in comparison to our adventures to the Outer Banks and New Orleans, but the mention of a road trip usually sends Matthew for the hills.
Anyhow, I’m just glad it was an easy sell. Chicago seems like ages ago and I didn’t think we’d last another year and four months without a break from the suburban midwest … so here we are.

Okay, on to the trip.

We hopped in the car at 7:30 a.m. after getting an upgrade from Enterprise in the shape of a small SUV. A Cadillac … with CarPlay. If you haven’t heard one of us tell the tales of my navigation skills, well, lets just say Matthew about did a happy dance when he saw there was CarPlay.
I take no offense; my navigation includes hand signals and a lot of “oh yeah, we were supposed to turn there” comments.

While on the road, with Matthew listening to some music, I was able to finish a couple sketches for Inktober … which I’m unsurprisingly behind on. Hopefully I get some time on our trip back to do a bit more.

A short 5.5 hours later, we arrived at our first stop: Doctor Who North America.
We weren’t too impressed by the outside, but it had quite a bit of memorabilia to offer on the inside — including a Doctor Who Pinball Machine. I don’t like to brag, but I was pretty amazing.
After picking up a few things for ourselves and a couple gifts, we were on our way.

A small stop over at the Airbnb and some phone charging time later, we were on our way to our first Indy eatery: Goose The Market.
This place switches up their menu often and offers charcuterie boards … which is usually up our alley.
Valeri: Cheese lover
Matthew: Meat and Cheese lover
I can’t remember the names of the cheeses, but I was a fan. I definitely got my cheese fill for the week.

After dropping the car off at the Airbnb, we walked the Cultural Trail toward downtown — a little more than a mile walk. The Cultural Trail is pedestrian and bicycle sidewalks that run parallel to each other throughout the city. It covers 8 miles.
It provided an easy route to and from downtown.


We didn’t really set aside time tonight to seek anything out; we mainly wanted to roam the city. So after a pit stop in the mall while it rained outside, we made our way to the last stop of the evening: The Chatterbox.
I’d heard of this place while researching Indy, and we’re both fans of Jazz, so listening to the vocals of Mina Keohone and the band was a great end to our first night.

If you want to keep up with our trip throughout the day, then visit our CL3VER Facebook page; for just photos, check out our PhotoStream; and for the commentary of Matthew’s viewpoint, check back for tomorrow’s blog as he takes to the keys.


Indy is my home. It’s part of me; it’s in my DNA.
– Robert Mathis

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