Heading East – Day 4

No pictures today – we spent most of the day behind the wheel in an attempt to get within striking distance of Chicagoland and finish our journey tomorrow.

The day started early – we were up before 6:00am and on the road by 6:30. Google maps told us that we were in for ten hours of driving if we wanted to make Sioux Falls this evening and we already booked a hotel room. First stop was the gas station and MacDonald’s for breakfast. None of which turned out well. I wanted to fill up the tank but the gas station didn’t have that functionality. I had to pay inside and specify the amount of the purchase ahead of time. And all this after waiting in line for a long time on people buying stuff at the gas station. MacDonald’s breakfast sandwiches were on some old, dry english muffins – much worse than the previous day’s breakfast. So we were off.

The Nokia Drive app took us down Route 212 rather than 90 and it wasn’t that great. Pretty much single lane the whole way and nothing along the way for more than 100 miles. We did get a lot of miles done, though, which was the goal for today. Lunch was late and at a drive-through Arby’s that was part of a Conoco gas station. What’s with all the chain fast food restaurants inside of gas stations in these small midwestern towns? They screwed up our order and the food wasn’t that good. I ended up throwing half of it away. Finally for the last leg of the trip we were on 90. We checked into our hotel around 6:30pm. 12 hours in the car today…

For dinner we looked on Yelp and were going to go to a Cambodian restaurant that got some good reviews but when we got there there was a sign that they were closed from July 1 – July 4 for the holiday. Plan B was to drive back to the hotel and see what looked interesting.

We ended up at a Chinese restaurant that turned out to be surprisingly great. Too bad we are only in town for a day.

Tomorrow we aim for finishing our journey back to Chicagoland.


About Ron Pihlgren

Former member of the Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services team Former member of the Microsoft Visual C++ team Former manufacturing engineer at Advance Transformer Former programmer at Dell Electronics Labs Ltd. Former systems analyst on the Encyclopaedia Britannica editing and typesetting team Former electronic technician at Data Specialties (Later Zebra Technologies) Former technician at Wico Corp. Former material handler at Acco International And some other stuff before that... View all posts by Ron Pihlgren

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