Friday, April 29, 2011

Racin': Driving to South Bend: Day 3, Esko to South Bend

As I stood in the bathroom at Mary and Phil's house this morning brushing my teeth, I looked out the window and saw snow falling to the ground. There was a light dusting on the Roadster from overnight, as well. After having breakfast, re-packing the car and saying my goodbyes, I started out at 8:00 a.m.. The time and temperature sign at Esko High School read 8:03 a.m., 34 degrees.

I drove into Duluth encountering the second worst traffic of the trip, it took about 30 minutes to go 5 or 6 miles. I crossed the river into Superior, Wisconsin and then headed south on Route 53. Just out of Superior it started snowing and continued snowing for the next 100 or so miles, until about 50 miles north of Eau Claire. The rest of the trip was relatively uneventful, just a lot of miles on Interstate 94 heading east through Wisconsin and then into Illinois.

The trailer is behaving itself, but that one headlight we worked on Monday night is out again. I don't think it's the bulb, but we're going to have to do some investigating to make sure.

Chicago was its usual traffic fest (yes, it was the worst traffic of the trip). To top that off, the tolls are outrageous when you are towing a trailer. I probably dropped about $20-25 in the area right around Chicago.

I just got back from the South Bend Regional Airport where I picked up Francis, my son and co-driver. We'll be joined at the hip for the next 8 days of automotive fun and mayhem.

Mileage today: 570
Mileage to date: 2,202
Wildlife seen: 1 osprey (also, I forgot to add that yesterday I saw a wild turkey and Tuesday I saw 6 pronghorn antelope and a crane (I think it was a sandhill crane but am not sure).

1 comment:

Nardpants said...

How are your cylinders now? And what about your alternator? Our house seems to have an alternator virus. Stay safe and keep the updates coming! ( word verification is "runbesse", I think that's rather appropriate for One Lap)

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