Sunday, June 10, 2007

Roadkill

Greg ditched me to hang out with his writer buddies, so I've fled Ohio in a westerly direction. I saw so much roadkill driving from Columbus to Madison that it was similar to plague scenes from movies. (I'm particularly reminded of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.) Northern Indiana and Illinois are very flat...too flat. And driving through Chicago was a pain, adding about an hour to my journey. I wish they would let you buy a "turista pass" at the beginning of the tollway so there aren't so many stops. Or that they would tell you the amount of the next toll in advance. I was getting more than a little irritated by the time I finally entered Wisconsin - yay, a new state for me! Then the landscape became pretty with gently rolling hills again. I like how Madison is completely invisible from the interstate when approaching from the east. And such a lovely city!

500 miles today. I look forward to exploring Madison tomorrow.

Speaking of roadkill, how about those Cleveland Cavaliers?


5 comments:

Judy said...

I'll be in Fort Collins for a week plus starting tomorrow (Monday) afternoon. Wanna come visit? I'm grading AP exams, but evenings are free. :)

David Moles said...

I now make sure to bring a jar full of change every time I'm going to be driving between Chicago and Madison.

Dr. Lisa said...

Judy - I think I'll be just missing you! Have fun grading - ha!

David - must be a damned big jar. And I don't think it can be called a "motorist oasis" if it costs almost $4 for two cookies. Grrr...

David Moles said...

Yeah, they really gouge you in those self-contained space stations, don't they?

Still, after your description I'm glad I've never driven across Oklahoma. I think there should be a law that says no tolls west of the Mississippi, except for bridges. When I hit the Kansas Turnpike going east on I-70, I felt like my rights as a Californian were being violated.

Dr. Lisa said...

At least the Kansas Turnpike along I-35 doesn't have so much stop-n-go tolls. Going through Illinois, the tolls add way too much time to the trip.

My rights as a Californian were not infringed upon driving across Wisconsin today. yay!