We woke up in Coralville Iowa. Officially 2 weeks into this trip, and still a couple days from home… And we still liked each other!! 😉
For a while, we stuck to I80. When we stopped to get some lunch later in the day, we headed out then on some state routes for a while. After a couple days of puttering along, we kind of had to drive with a little more purpose.
But our first stop of the day was the Iowa 80 truck stop. Since we were going right by it, and it’s supposed to be the “world’s largest truck stop”, it seemed like a must see. 🙂 It is indeed very large… and rather busy.
We pulled over for some lunch at Illini State Park, right on the banks of the Illinois River. Very pretty. And quite quiet on a weekday.
Afterwards, we headed east to Rte 6, which we took thru Indiana and into Ohio.
At which point, somewhere mid-way thru Indiana, our good weather began to vanish. There was a major storm system, and as we headed closer to the Great Lakes area we drove straight into it. There was even talk they were going to close sections of Rte 6 where the water couldn’t get off the road fast enough and it was getting deep. Thankfully, they didn’t do that!
We waited out the worst for a while. From the weather map, my PB could see there was going to be a break. And when that arrived we drove while we could see! When we caught back up with the rain, and it got heavy, we stopped for dinner to waste some time and stay behind it.
As a result we were quite late getting into the Blue Heron Travel Plaza on the Ohio Turnpike. There was plenty of space, and we quickly battened down the hatches and went to bed. In retrospect, later in the night as I lay awake with Pe@rl rocking and swaying as the rain and wind pelted us…. We should have parked right next to that huge diesel pusher, and it could have blocked some wind for us!