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Day 35

Location: Near Springfield, IL

Miles Driven: ~320

Total Miles: 6,966

In the morning, Julie, Christie, and I walked to a diner near the downtown area and enjoyed a great breakfast from a place hailed “Best Milwaukee Diner 2008” and “Best Brunch 2009”.  The Comet Cafe was certainly deserving of those titles.

My "Buttofucco" sandwich and fries

We walked downtown for a while, and by the scenic riverwalk.  I am jealous of Christie getting to live in this area (and understand why Julie has visited several times).  Thanks again to Julie for snapping some of these pictures.

We took a number of shots of each other throughout the afternoon, so I combined the best ones into a little collage here.  Good times.

Got back to Christie’s in the early afternoon, and then I packed up the car and said my goodbyes.  Thanks again to Julie and Christie for a great time in Wisconsin.

Headed in a southwest direction towards St. Louis.  I hadn’t realized all the farmland that existed in Illinois, and there’s a lot of it in the central and southern parts of the states.  Illinois has a good number of wind farms, as well.

The strangest thing happened while driving on that Saturday night.  I began to hear what sounded like raindrops hitting my car, in typical raindrop patterns.  But I knew the skies were 100% clear, so I had my suspicions it was not rain.  Yep, sure enough I drove through some giant swarm of bugs, and I hit so many so fast it sounded like rain hitting the windshield.  Gross.

Where bugs go to die

I stopped at a rest stop just north of Springfield, IL (home of Abe Lincoln).  The plan for Sunday the Fourth is to check out the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, then plug my way forward to OK City.  I’m somewhat pushing myself here, as I hope to get to Houston on Monday.  But for those concerned of my safety, rest assured I always nap/sleep whenever the slighest bit of tiredness hits me on the road.  As Mom always said, “no point rushing just to arrive there dead.”  That’s stuck with me for years.

Adios for now.


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  1. Julie
    July 5, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Thanks for the shout-outs, but the pics were truly a collaborative effort – you had to do the right settings for me! Thanks for showing me how to work the camera – I took mine out after you left since I no longer needed to be embarrased 😉

  2. The Mommie
    July 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    For years, when you children were all together you would talk in what I always called cartoon land. So keep that in mind as you read below:

    From A BUG’S LIFE:

    Hopper: It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess. One of those Circle of Life kind of things. Now let me tell you how things are supposed to work: The sun grows the food, the ants pick the food, the grasshoppers eat the food…

    Molt: And the birds eat the grasshoppers. Hey, like the one that nearly ate you, you remember? You remem- Oh, you shoulda seen it, okay?”

  3. Maria
    July 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    So fun JOe!! HOw was Chicago??

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