04 March 2011

The Road Scholar - Day 63 (Goodbye, Chicago - Until Next Time... Maybe)

Well, I finally got the chicken unloaded (and got a 34 hour restart in the process), got some Starbucks (like that's a big surprise), and travelled about 9 miles - still in Chicago - to put some MORE chicken on, but this time I'm going to Arlington, TX. Many people already know where Arlington is, thanks due to this last Super Bowl. For those that don't, here you go: Arlington is a city/suburb tucked in between Dallas and Ft. Worth... actually it's more accurate to say that Arlington is more like an extension of Dallas, since, if you've ever been through the area, the suburbs basically don't exist inside "The Mixmaster" (the interstate loop circling Dallas/Ft. Worth). But I digress...

The timing to get loaded and leave Chicago couldn't have been more perfect - almost 1700 (note the sarcasm?). It was a few miles north on Ashland Ave. to get to I-55 south, only to run into this:

It took about 2 1/2 hours to cover 90 miles, between the traffic and the rain. The traffic let up south of Joliet - about 35 miles - but the rain... well, that's another story. It let up to a mild drizzle two, maybe three, times... otherwise - free car wash! I'm done for the night, having parked at our terminal in Madison, IL (3 miles north of E. St. Louis, IL). I have until Monday to make it another 600-650 miles, so I may be able to get a few good pictures. In the mean time: Shabbat Shalom!

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