Fri. Jul. 29: Alexandria, MN ~ Portage, IN (4:00am)
What a long, uneventful day.
At the end of 12+ hours of driving, we encountered construction at night on a dark, dark highway. And we made ourselves more disheartened by failing attempts to find two late-night geocaches: first, way back in the field behind the Illinois Welcome Centre; second, in a dark shrub garden in front of a nearby truck stop. (It was 1am; we had no brain left; we had no flashlight. Really, the odds were stacked against us!)
Then there was more construction and a never-ending series of toll booths, each of which required us to stop and pay more money, so we could continue driving another few miles farther down the same crappy road, before we had to stop again at another booth.
THEN, we came to the crazy loop on the bypass around downtown Chicago, going 40 km over the speed limit, while local cars weaved between lanes, flew by us and honked because we were slowing them down.
THEN, we entered Indiana, where the highway lights had all burnt out. No lights, crappy roads/signs and THEN dense, impenetrable fog suddenly sprawled across the highway.
I-94 became quite boring as it crossed Minnesota (where the only stops we made were to a crappy discount goods store and another Cabelas in Rogers, MN). Wisconsin slowly went by, stinky and truck-heavy (with virtually nowhere of interest to stop). We were further aggravated by the madness of traffic and construction that has hounded us intermittently since we passed Minneapolis. And to top it off, we just encountered and barely got through some freakish fog that had seemingly erased all signs of the road and state that we were traveling in!
But, we are here – in our stationary, non-driving hotel room.
This is the last of the Eve before the last bit of fun before we return to our homeland. Man, we are totally wrecked right now.