Saturday, September 19, 2009

Road Trip Day 3: Mile After Mile of Cornfields

Day Three of our road trip started with some drama....guess it wouldn't be me if there weren't a little drama! I lost my car keys. I have looked everywhere for them and absolutely can't find them. I used them last night when I went out to the car to get some bottled water we had in the back. This morning I checked pockets, my purse, every inch of our hotel room, the ground around where the car was parked, and inside the car--no keys. Fortunately, hubby has a set, so we could continue on our trip. I did leave a message at the desk of the hotel to mail them to me if they showed up. Once again, I refused to let anything interfere with our having a great time on this trip, so I have put it out of my mind. They either will turn up, or I will have duplicates made when I get home.

We had a makeshift breakfast at the hotel...English muffin, juice, and an orange for me, and cereal, toast, doughnuts, and juice for hubby. They had no decaf coffee, which did not set well with him, so we went to a Dunkin' Donuts to get him a cup before we hit the road. We drove through farmland and cornfields. Then we left Ohio and entered Indiana.

Indiana seemed to be just miles and miles of cornfields, and some other crop which looked like peas from a distance, but I couldn't be sure.

We saw many of the devices below... sorry, at 65 miles per hour, the picture is a bit blurred. I wondered what they were until I saw one in action. I wasn't quick enough to get my camera out to record it, but they are irrigation devices that sprinkle water on the crops. I wish I had caught one sprinkling, it was actually kind of pretty...rainbows would appear in the mist.

After miles and miles or cornfields, red barns, white houses, and silver silos, we started to see signs of civilization again. I barely had time to catch a shot of the sign over the highway as we drove under it! We saw no "Welcome to Illinois" sign, so I had to settle for the "Welcome to Chicago!" (No mention of it being the home of President Obama.)

The Chicago skyline appeared in the distance. It was quite impressive after all the miles of flat cornfields!

The tall building used to be called the Sears Tower, but it has since been given another name, and I can't think of it this minute!

The traffic was quite heavy in the Chicago area, even though it was Saturday. I snapped a picture of a couple of adventurous senior citizens on a 3-wheel motor cycle as we passed them at 60 miles per hour. They smiled, and the driver gave me a wave when he saw I was taking their picture. I gave them a smile, a nod, and a thumbs up when I verified that I had caught their image. I wish I had been able to catch the whole motorcycle, but at the speed we were traveling, I was lucky to get them at all!

Hubby made fun of me for taking the next picture, but I swear, those clouds looked like a Stetson hat and I just had to snap the shot!

Outside of Chicago, we saw this water tower with a heart on it from a distance, so once again I started snapping away!

We didn't stop to find out what goes on in Loves Park, but it sure sounded promising! Several visual images came to mind, but I won't go into them here. After all, this blog is rated PG-13.
Finally, we reached the Cheese State! This time the welcome sign was there to greet us, unlike Illinois. Wisconsin looks a lot like Maine; many trees, hills, and farms.

More of those red barns, white farmhouses, and some silos. And although this particular spot was flat, there were more hills than in Indiana and Illinois.

In all, we covered 465 miles today, averaged 34 mpg, and managed to maintain an average speed of 62 mph... for those of you who are interested in such details. Sorry this is so late in the evening....Wifi on the road is not always functioning well; I had to call the hotel's technical support to get connected.

One of my sons called me on my cell to see how we were doing. When I told him I'd lost me keys, he said, "At the rate you guys are going, by the time you get home, you'll have an empty car!"
Good Night, all again!


Meeko Fabulous said...

Despite lost keys . . . I hope you're having a great trip! :)

Steven Anthony said...

Oh Eva, when u were in chicago u were but an hour from me, had I known we could have done lunch:)

btw: I think those may have been soybeans??

hope your trip continues to go well..enjoy my friend

Cougar Tales said...

Just getting caught up on your posts. Your Road Trip looks awesome. I lose my keys twice a day!
- Cougar Tales

jules said...

That cloud looks just like a stetson hat!

Stephanie Faris said...

Chicago traffic is a pain in the rear. My sister lives there. We did the architectural tour by boat one's incredible. Some of those buildings are so unique!

Cathy said...

Welcome to my part of the country! Hope you are enjoying the midwest. You are becoming a pro at taking pictures out of a moving car! Have fun!!!

Mesina said...

Lost keys, we haven't met have we? Because I do stuff like that all the time! (no...honestly)

Your trip looks fab! Love the pictures! I spent the night in Chicago once, delayed flight, didn't get to see much other than the hotel room. But damn it was cold!

Thanks for sharing with us! x

ethelmaepotter! said...

I remember those miles and imiles of cornfields; I thought they'd never end.
The cloud picture DOES look like a stetson hat! Husbands have no imagination. Except...well, we won't go there.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Wow, that's a lot of miles in one day! So sorry about your car keys! I hope they turn up.
Thanks for the great pictures!
Safe travels.

Middle Aged Woman Blogging said...

I drive through miles of cornfield several times a month from my home to Chicago to visit my son. What a contrast. Great pictures. Looks like you were enjoying the trip!

Rowe said...

Hi Eva, that's what I like most about the road trip, the changing landscape and how cool is that couple you took a shot of on their bike. Ahh, I'm a little jealous of you right now. Enjoy!!

lisleman said...

nice pics - I know you have newer posts but since I live in Chicagoland I wanted to comment on this one.

Illinois does have welcome signs but I'm thinking you were on the Chicago Skyway tollway. I seldom use that road, but it does have a cool bridge.

New owner and name of the Sears Tower is Willis. We might start calling it big willie (who knows?).

Loves Park is nothing special other than a nice suburb of Rockford. My daughter lived there once.

I find driving through Indiana very boring except for the southern part. Wisconsin has much nicer scenery as you point out. Woods, lakes, rivers, cheese, beer and Packer Fans.