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  1. I have submitted to Meet-O-Matic. The only weekend that is definitely out for me right now is the weekend of April 26. However, my 10-year-old plays soccer on Sundays in April and May, and that could mean that we only join you for part of the cruise. But I'll have to wait and see the soccer schedule. I will stop by the Woodridge and take a look and report back to you what I find. If you stay there, I would recommend stopping for dinner at Kleptz's Restaurant in Seelyville, a few miles east of the motel. I haven't eaten there, but I've never heard a bad word about the place. And the owner is a car collector, as well. Let me make another suggestion, as well. It's a little more pricey, but Terre Haute has a new Hilton Garden Inn on the site of the former Terre Haute House, at the old junction of U.S. 40 and U.S. 41, the historical "Crossroads of America." Within walking distance are a handful of locally owned restaurants/watering holes -- the Saratoga (restaurant/bar), Crossroads Cafe/La Familia Di Jeshua (homemade pizza, calzones, etc.), the Copper Bar (housed in a historic building; the bar is from the old Terre Haute House), and The Terminal (sports bar, food's iffy, but housed in the historic former bus terminal), and of course, the world famous Square Donuts (for breakfast the next day). Shameless plug warning!!! You can read a little bit more about most of those places here. End shameless plug Also, you might consider stopping for a root beer float at Lynn's Soda Fountain in downtown Brazil on your way through. Owned by a pharmacist and sitting right next door to the pharmacy, it includes a nice display of old medical/pharmaceutical items.
  2. I was coaching my son's fourth-grade basketball team at the local Boys Club in Terre Haute when the storm rolled through. The Boys Club sits on U.S. 41 just north of downtown. Midway through the fourth quarter the gym went dark when (and I'm speculating here) a billboard that towers over 41 about a block away came apart in the high wind and a piece or pieces struck power lines. TV showed debris from the billboard littering the roadway. Unfortunately, the Boys Club canceled the rest of our game (even though the lights came back on). We were trailing 18-16 with 3:45 to play when the lights went out. WE WUZ ROBBED!!! This morning I hear that we are now expecting 4 to 8 inches of snow between Thursday and Friday evening. And we are supposed to be driving Friday afternoon to Muncie for a college job fair (my girlfriend will be interviewing the students) on Saturday. You can bet I'll avoid the interstate if the weather is that bad Friday.
  3. "GPS is a great tool but they still like to be able to pull over and thumb through a map. I don't know what is going to happen. I'd like to think someone will pick it up." This is the final quote from the story above. What about it folks? I know we all have an affinity for historic maps as we search out abandoned alignments and such, but when you need or want to look something up on a current map, do you use digital or paper? Personally, I have one of those large Road Atlases as well as an Indiana Gazetteer sitting right next to the computer. I'll dive for that long before I go to Google for a map, unless I need to zoom way in, say, on a street address of a business. If I'm reading a travel magazine, I'll usually grab the atlas as well, because most travel mags haven't figured out how helpful it is to readers to include a small map of the area the article is about. And of course, no trip is complete without my atlas. I've already seen and heard enough of a friend's TomTom to know that I do not need nor will I ever want want in my own vehicle. If I can't figure out how to get where I want to go by reading a map, I shouldn't be driving.
  4. I have a question for DennyG (or anyone else who might know ...) We also drove U.S. 41 from Hopkinsville in November, except we took the old 41 that runs on the north side of I-24. Not once, but twice did we see pink elephants along the way -- once just outside Hopkinsville and again at the junction of 41 and U.S. 79 near Guthrie, Ky., just above the Tennessee state line. So what's up with the pink elephants in this neck of the woods? Anybody know?
  5. I did and I hope to. It's been nearly 20 years since I ran in a road rally. They were great fun (even have a trophy around here somewhere for a runner-up finish in one). Have my eye on several dates that I might be able to make, especially the Butternut Run rally that begins and ends at the Sherman House in Batesville. Stayed there a couple of years ago and the rally would be a great excuse to visit again.
  6. Eyerobic, I haven't been hip since guys started wearing drawers with their crotches hanging down to their knees ... Thanks for the link to Wolfgang's. That is truly a treasure of good music.
  7. Mobilene, I'm half way to Indy, but it looks like I'm going to have to find a motor court for the night. We'll finish the rest of the trip tomorrow. A couple things from today's readings ... The old Palace Theater in South Bend is indeed gorgeous. (I actually said "Wow" out loud when I first saw the pictures.) Also, Green Oak, south of Rochester, according to a map I have here, was at the intersection with CR 400 S, which I think is the more southern of the two possibilities you marked on your map. Looking forward to the rest of the trek ...
  8. Unfortunately, the only copy of Red Barchetta I have is on cassette and all of my old cassette players have bit the dust ... so I'm forced to listen to "A Show of Hands" on CD to get a Rush fix ... And, yes, as another member of the Class of '81 (from the Midwest), I too wore out my "Moving Pictures" tape. Actually, it was Red Barchetta and the rest of that album that really made me a fan of Rush. I definitely remember cranking up the stereo when no one else was home, getting out the air guitar and playing in the basement family room ... Yeah, those were the days.
  9. For summer of 2008, I have set my sights on the Ohio River Scenic Byway from Cincinnati east to where you cross over into West Virginia at Huntington, then U.S. 60 through Charleston and east to at least its junction with I-64. From there, it will depend on how much time we have left before we have to head home. The spring trip will be another run south to Alabama to visit with grandchildren, so maybe a little more exploration of U.S. 41 in Kentucky (we'll be going through Hopkinsville again, DennyG; Round Table Literary Park will definitely be on the itinerary this time) and U.S. 31 through Tennessee and Alabama will be in store. Bucfan
  10. To all of the members of the American Road forum who have joined since the first of November, the first thing I want to say to you is "Hello." (See, that's easier than going in the other thread and creating multiple posts to every new member ...) The second thing I want to say to you all is ... Don't do what I did. Don't stay away from this forum for two months because you're too busy with other projects. The things you'll miss are amazing. Because I haven't kept up with this forum for awhile, I now have to: Read Mobilene's road trip article on U.S. 31 in northern Indiana. Read DennyG's recap of the fall cruise in southern Indiana (which I missed because we had to go to Alabama to visit the new grandbaby that arrived in late October). View hundreds of road photos in babyboomerbob's albums. Check to see where Jennifer's travel bug has gotten to. View Roadmaven's Illinois Route 66 photos. Read Denny's tale of his Thanksgiving trip to Nashville. Not to mention, actually posting a few times, like to my brethren who were members of the Class of '81. (Yep, me too ... '81 RULES!!!) But first, I must put some Rush on the CD player to get in the proper frame of mind ... And please note, I've only made it as far as the thread on U.S. 40 (I couldn't go any further after reading about the 40 Diner closing in Plainfield, Ind.). Who knows what treasures are hiding further down the forum list. So, take it from me, check in here at least every couple of days, or you'll find yourself hopelessly behind without a prayer of ever getting caught up with everyone's road chronicles. Bucfan
  11. We've been geocaching for a little more than four years now. We're not quite as addicted as some, but we're nearing 400 total "finds." This weekend we are going to visit the new granddaughter in Effingham, Ill., and hope to find some of the 40 geocaches that have been placed along U.S. 40 between the Indiana-Illinois state line and Effingham in honor of the 40th birthday of one of the area's more prolific geocachers. As a matter of fact, several are hidden along the old brick stretches of U.S. 40 Mobilene recently documented in a road trip report. We also enjoy the "low-tech" version of treasure hunting known as letterboxing. It is very similar to geocaching, except rather than using a GPS and longitudes and latitudes to find the "treasure," a set of clues are given which, when followed properly, lead you to the letterbox. We have found that geocaching/letterboxing is the perfect complement to a road trip. While some geocaches are hidden at interstate rest stops and in urban areas, the vast majority are placed in off-the-beaten path places, in parks, cemeteries, near places of historical value, interesting geologic areas, etc., giving us just one more reason to explore the backroads. We have a page at Redhighways.com that gives more info on geocaching and letterboxing and the differences between the two. Also, try Letterboxing.org and Atlasquest for letterboxing resources. By the way, Jennifer, check out the geocaches named Retail Bliss Nos. 1-3 just off I-465 at the Allisonville exit. We did these on New Year's Eve a couple of years ago. It's a nice wooded area with a lake that's tucked in behind a strip mall. Makes for a quiet little hike amid all of the hustle and bustle. Hopefully, they are still hidden there.
  12. I just posted in another thread that we indeed have discussed taking I-39 from Bloomington-Normal north through Rockford to get to Wisconsin. We came home from southwestern Wisconsin by that route in July, spending the night in Starved Rock State Park Lodge, and found it to be much less stressful than dealing with Chicago. I have driven U.S. 30 from Chicago Heights to U.S. 41 just over the Indiana state line. It is a relief from the crowded interstate, but still carries a lot of traffic and includes many stoplights.
  13. For our next trip to Wisconsin, we have discussed going all the way to Bloomington-Normal and taking I-39 north to Rockford (spending the night at Starved Rock State Park Lodge) to avoid Chicago. Maybe, if we have a little extra time, we can take the Illinois 47 route instead. Last trip from Wisconsin through Chicago: two hours idling through the city.
  14. Excellent! Thank you, KtSotR. I like Becky's idea, too.
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