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    • Day65

      Hammond Indiana

      June 11 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Zweit letzte Etappe unserer langen Reise. Montierte noch die Frontlichter, da eine dicke Nebelsuppe über Joliet lag.
      Frohgelaunt machten wir uns auf den Weg. In Joliet gibts einen Kanal mit etlichen verschiedenen Ziehbrücken (z. B. Jackson Street Bridge) . Mal teilen sie sich in der Mitte, mal hebt sich die ganze Brücke an. Interessante alte Technik.
      Auch ist Joliet die Heimat der Blues Brothers.
      Lange führte uns der Weg auf einer alten Bahntrasse (natürlich ohne Schwellen und Schienen). Vorteil: kein Autoverkehr, mehr Natur.
      Nachteil: man bekommt weniger touristische Attraktionen zu Gesicht.
      Doch wenn der Radfahrer wieder auf der normalen Strasse unterwegs ist, wirds spannend. Hier im Grossraum Chicago sind sich Autofahrer an keine Fussgänger oder Velofahrer gewöhnt. Da kannst du noch lange grün haben auf dem Fussgängerstreifen. Wäre heute beinahe zu Boden gefahren worden. Die Frau entschuldigte sich noch bei mir.
      Wir sind jetzt sehr vorsichtig beim Abbiegen an Kreuzungen.
      Der nächste Fahrradtrail führte uns beinahe zu unserem heutigen Ziel.
      Wir haben kurz den Bundesstaat Illinois verlassen und nächtigen in Indiana. Der erste Eindruck von Indiana ist nicht gerade berauschend, überall gesperrte Strassen und heruntergekommene Quartiere. Allgemein soll der südliche Teil von Chicago eher ärmlich sein. Wir freuen uns auf den morgigen Tag und werden sicherlich gut schlafen.
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    • Day10

      Almost There

      June 4 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

      We drove from the Cracker Barrel outside of Des Moines, Iowa to the Cracker Barrel in Hammond, Indiana. (I think they call RVers like us "cracker-dockers", as opposed to boondockers or Wallydockers.) They are a pretty nice alternative to truck stops, definitely smaller, and (in our experience) just a few RVs and a relatively flat parking lot. We use our slides and generator if we need power for AC or coffee!
      Again spent the day driving across Iowa, thru the northern part of Illinois and into Indiana. Hammond is one of the many suburbs or cities that are part of the larger metropolitan Chicago area. So traffic was thick and the road surfaces awful. Most of Illinois was the same. Just patched up roads with endless bumps and potholes. I hate to think what it has been doing to the RV.
      Even if their roads are a mess, their reststops are quite nice. Some actually provide dump stations and wi-fi. You can overnight at the reststops as well, but we chose to get a little farther off the interstate with the truck stops! Way less noise? I must say this trip has helped me to become less demanding with my "sleep conditions"! Noisy, lit up, sleeping on a slope, no power, and no dog parks. It is tough to walk the pup without her finding some "choice" bit of trash to eat!

      There are lots of sight seeing stops, but for some reason we just want to keep moving. Entrance fees, access and parking concerns (RV towing a jeep) and the time it takes to visit a museum/art gallery knowing we want to get to Michigan just colors our decision-making. Gas is less than California but seems to hover around $4.50
      For us, we always enjoy the window scenery. Even on the interstate we see a lot of farming, grass plains and wooded forests, sometimes flat landscape and other times rolling hills that make us go off of cruise control. Today we think (?) we experienced our first toll experience. We never saw a booth, but we did go through this area with several cameras, and I think I saw signs that said something about paying online. We have no way of knowing at this point, and I can only hope that we will get something in the mail. Our forwarded mail? Fingers crossed....
      So we have crossed the Mississippi, and are about 300 miles from Traverse. We have decided to just head on to the RV park. We are "early" in terms of our work start date, but that will give us a nice time to settle in and establish a new lifestyle schedule for Charlie and Frank.
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      On your last leg! Hopefully better roads & good weather. Enjoy your drive to TC!


      Glad you are on the home stretch!


      It is like they’re trying to show their agricultural & Native American cultures. The grain silo & the curved roof to emulate the Chahoki mounds in southern Illinois…

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    • Day1


      May 27, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      It's me again! Currently in the middle of no where Indiana on a megabus. This adventure started in Chicago, as all of mine tend to. This time I'm going down to Nashville to fly out of the country though. This the the adventure of a lifetime for me; Ireland. I'm back in the blog so I can document my trip for myself, and of course any curious soil who happens to be interested. I've been dreaming of Ireland for at least 15 years, I honestly can't even remember how long I've wanted to go, and it's finally happened. I started this back in September/October. I was teaching third grade, going through a break up, and miserable. My first year of teaching was without a doubt the hardest year of my life so far. I can honestly say that being 22 has not been kind to me, tswift let me down. So I'm sitting in bed on a Saturday, depressed and watching PS I love you and decided that I was going to Ireland. I talked to lots of people actually throughout the months following and got a little group together. I wad committed, I was going to make it happen. I had signed up for the 12 month pay period so I was going to get paid over the summer and have the summers off so I had no excuses, it was happening. I got my tickets in December to spend two weeks in the emerald isle. Fast forward to February, even more miserable as a first year teacher, not doing well and having meetings with administration about what will help. I finally realized nothing would, at that point there was nothing I could do to make it work. I thought about it for a couple weeks and decided that I was going to quit and my students would get a new teacher after spring break. March 15th was my last day as a teacher and I moved back to Chicagoland with my parents. I still had my tickets though, so did my friend Becky and my cousin Sarah so I knew it was still happening. I got an easy and chill office job near home and they were so okay with me taking two weeks off! It also perfectly aligned with memorial day, so I get to spend memorial day weekend in Nashville and then Tuesday we fly out of Nashville to new york, then an overnight to Dublin! Sarah and me will be there 2 weeks, Becky and sarah's friend will be there 1 week. I have planned an almost impossibly full itinerary, knowing that it might not all happen. We will be hiking, kayaking, castle visiting, and general thrusting all over the country for the next two weeks. I plan on documenting those events. I know realistically I will not be able to write every night about that day, but I'm going to try. There will be lots of cities so I would like to document them here, but we'll see how that goes. As for now, I'm going to enjoy the 9 hour bus ride to Nashville and try to keep my excitement down until I'm actually on the plane.Read more

      Joan Detzner

      Looking forward to hearing about this adventure!

    • Day44

      The night before...

      January 12, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 -14 °C

      We had a really nice last night in the US with the Indiana Kohls. We channeled our Buffalo roots and had some wings for dinner along with some queso chorizo dip. We are wrapping up our last minute packing and prep, and we're so excited to get on the road tomorrow. Cant wait to share all of our adventures with you!Read more

      Jacquelyn Kohl

      We're going to miss you, but I'm so excited about all the adventures that await you.... -- Kie xox

      mary houghton

      Glad to be able to read about your adventures! Safe journey and may you have the time of your lives! Hope you're both feeling back up to snuff soon.

    • Day17

      Illinois or Indiana???

      October 30, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Seriously have no Idea!! But we're still "crawlin" .... I accumulate 8 more hours BUT only after midnight... This shit's 🍌's... I did see this CUTIE waiting for his co-driver at Pilot.... Awwwww...😋


      Lol!! Jilly gonna have her a cutie in EVERY area code!!! 😋😋😋😋🤣👌🏾


      LMAO!! Can't find one back home!!!

    • Day1

      Day at the Dunes

      September 14, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      The day started out with a fog advisory so we delayed our start. When the fog started to dissipate the car would not start due to the damp conditions. After drying wires under the hood, it finally struggled to life. We set out to pass through Chicago and encountered patient drivers. People gave us lots of room. The drive was pleasant. We visited the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Gary, Indiana. Nice beaches and large sand dunes...kind of like it's name suggests. We are staying in Benton Harbor this evening. Tomorrow we drive to Kalamazoo...and may stop at the Gilmore Car Museum while on the road.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Lake County, مقاطعة ليك, Лейк, লেক কাউন্টি, Condado de Lake, Lakei maakond, Lake konderria, شهرستان لیک، ایندیانا, Comté de Lake, लेक काउंटी, Լեյք շրջան, Contea di Lake, レイク郡, Lake Kūn, Hrabstwo Lake, Округ Лејк, لیک کاؤنٹی، انڈیانا, Quận Lake, Condado han Lake, 萊克縣

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