We drove to an industry we'd passed a couple of days previously called Ivan Doverspike, thinking they were abandoned but not totally sure, so we pulled up at the gate and Richard went inside for information. They remanufacture, rebuild or recondition multiple spindle automatic screw machines, and I had to look at their website to see what that meant.
Many of the buildings unfortunately are empty and sadly, the company isn't sure if it can hang on. They often have explorers checking them out and the guy said if we wanted to walk along the railway line then we could do that but he couldn't permit access.
So after that excitement it was time to slowly head towards the airport and stop if we saw anything interesting along the way.
This had been a very cool 5 days and we'd seen a lot of new things, met a lot of wonderful people and got to know a city pretty well in such a short time. A lot of that was thanks to Richard who did all the driving, and we did a lot of that. Detroit is a city that I could never live in, not the areas we focused on. These were covered in trash that's never picked up because the city can't afford to collect it and driving down street after street of abandoned, burned, collapsing and ravaged buildings was starting to get me down. My initial assumption had been that I would be leaving feeling impressed and awed by the multitude of abandonments that we'd had the opportunity to explore and adore, but instead it was the people who made the bigger impression on me. I'm in awe of these survivors who as Eric described, live in a post apocalyptic Mad Max world, yet stand proud of their city and refuse to be bowed. They are surrounded by trash and ruin on a seemingly eternal daily basis, yet are the friendliest and most welcoming folks I've met in a long time, despite many having lost jobs, homes or loved ones. In a city filled with grey drab crumbling walls and black burned out buildings, these people have individually or in groups splashed color in the darkest corners and erected vibrant art pieces in unexpected places. Their spirit is incredible and so many that we spoke to had no intention of leaving their city, they would not be broken. Detroiters, I salute you.