2014 Travels travel blog

Carpe back in her favorite Elkhart Campground site

I 80 in western Illinois

Some construction on I 80

Entering Indiana on I 94
This was the first time today we crossed...

And more construction, this time on I 94 in Indiana

Entering Michigan on I 94

And then back into Indiana on IN 19

Thu, 12 Jun: One day, three states...

Today we reluctantly vacated Fisherman's Corner North campground. We've enjoyed our stay and would have stayed longer except our site was reserved by another camper. If we had to move, we may as well really move!

We awoke early and had an early breakfast. No lingering over our tea this morning, we had to get thru Chicago's southern exurbs and didn't care to tarry too long. Bob moved Carpe to the dump site and Sandi connected the car. Chores finished we rolled wheels at 0759.

A couple of miles north on US 84 and then onto I 80 east. It was Super Slab all the way thru Illinois and into Indiana. We switched drivers at a rest stop just west of Joliet and paid the $1.70 toll for a few miles of the Illinois Tollway. Surprisingly, traffic was not at all bad and everyone moved along quite well.

Once in Indiana, however, the "you-know-what" hit the air circulation system. I 80/I 94 was under construction which reduced it to two lanes. The volume of traffic wasn't heavy enough to cause congestion, but the idiots were tailgating one another so closely that they kept hitting their brakes, which caused more braking, etc., etc., etc!

We stopped for fuel at a Pilot in Burns Harbor and, after topping off Carpe's diesel tank, we parked and prepared a quick lunch. We broke off I 80 onto I 94 north into Michigan where we transitioned to US 12 east. The Indiana Turnpike is in such horrible condition that we figured we'd travel just as fast on a Federal Highway and save $15 in tolls. We did!

North of Elkhart we took State Route 19 south and crossed back into Indiana and then into Elkhart. A few miles along County Road 4 brought us to Elkhart Campgrounds at 1440 Eastern time (we "lost" an hour crossing into Indiana). Today's run was 256 miles with an overall fuel economy of 8¾ mpg.

We paid for a week's stay here in Elkhart. There are some folks we know staying in the park, and more folks attending an FMCA rally in nearby Goshen. We hope to be quite social the next few days as well as take in the sights (and food) in Amish Country.

Stay tuned.

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