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Published: August 3rd 2019
Today was still another moving day. We put a lot of miles on, but we had good weather, so that was a plus. We left the hotel at 7:25 AM and 66 degrees and pointed the car east on I-90.
We drove through four states today, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. We drove beside Lake Michigan. We crossed the Mississippi River again today at the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin, where it flows into Lake Onalaska, and this will be the last time for a while. And we also crossed a couple of other rivers, the Wisconsin River, the Chicago River.
We drove through more farm land, more corn fields, where the plants have begun to bloom and are leaving a yellow haze across the fields, and some very industrial areas, like Gary, IN. I have no clue who would want to live in Gary. I had to put the car air system on recirculate, the air was so bad. It smelled of some kind of exhaust, like fuel burning. And this is Saturday.
Forty miles north of Chicago we ran into a lot of traffic, which slowed us down significantly. And we also lost a lot of
time in the city when the lady in the black box told us to take an exit to stay on I-90, but it put us into the city streets and it took us about 20 minutes to get back on the highway. I will say, however, that it did give me a chance to see things I would not have seen, and take photos I could not have taken from the highway.
When we first entered the city from the north, I opened my window to take a few pictures only to experience a stench that smelled like rotting garbage. Who can live like this? What is going on in Chicago? And as we left the city on the SE side, I took photos of the power lines…a huge tangled of rusting metal and wire. Will they ever bury those lines or, better yet, find a way to transmit electricity without all this junk? I have to say, the city center is glitzy and glamorous with its shiny high rises of glass and stone buildings forming an impressive skyline, but everything that we saw around it was miserable. I would not want to live there. One thing of note…there seem to be A LOT of churches in this city. I do hope they are all open and welcoming folks in.
We drove into our hotel around 4:30. Tomorrow we have yet another moving day, but hope to make a quick way stop at Notre Dame. I want to show Steve the Jesus Wall.
Now, for the bad news...I accidentally deleted my photos before downloading them. I have been trying for an hour to find a way to recover them, but have not been able to. I did find two on my iPhone, so that is all there is tonight. My apologies. I know many of you read the blog for the photos. I had a senior moment, and I guess I am allowed. Right?
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