Below is the map of the journey I took. I don't know how close I came to Maria Zannini, though I think she was living in Chicago then, but anyone else I came close to enroute, please drop me a line. Regard it as a 'Time Traveller's Wife' experience, but without the romance and definitely not the sex!
Anyone who fancies a flavour of authentic America or better still have your your own blog advertised, check out Maria Zannini's contest:
But anyone content to stick with a wide-eyed idiot, just hang around here.