Since the day was so nice we decided to drop the soft top on the 'Bird and enjoy the weather as we drove 17 miles up to the northeast side of Indianapolis. I don't think we've taken the hard top off since Cedar Key.
Indianapolis has two of our favorite stores.....Trader Joe's and REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.). We headed to REI first......REI is a outdoor outfitter, and I love their customer service. There is an REI about 2 blocks from my former office in Rancho Cucamonga, CA that I used to visit on a regular basis before we hit the road. We got there just before 10, and they did not open until 10, so we drove across the street to TJ Maxx to look for pants. I found a pair of black Levis, which is exactly what I wanted, for $25, and another Nike coolwick undershirt for $14. TLE found a pair of suitable black pants, also.
Next we headed to REI. I quickly found my black socks, and ExOfficio briefs.....cool! When I was checking out I found I had $11 of unused dividend (store credit based on your previous year's purchases) that they applied to my bill. I always forget about my dividend!
By that time it was just after 12 so we headed over to Granite City Food and Brewery for lunch. We had visited one of their stores when we were in Lincoln, Nebraska last year, and loved their in house brews and robust food. They have locations in 12 different mid-western states. Our experience Thursday was comparable.