I haven't had a chance to add to the travel log in a number of days so this will be a little convoluted. As I was driving out of Cincinnati I was struck by the hugeness of the sky. It was open and covered with puffy little clouds. I rolled down the windows and was struck by the smell of the country side. It smelled very similar to the inside of a HomeDepot. I don't know why but that is what it reminded me.
When I was driving in Cleveland I was sure that they were some of the worst drivers I have ever encountered. As I continued through Cincinnati and the rest of Ohio became convinced it was the entire state. Once I had driven through Indiana I became convinced it was the entire area. I don't know what the problem is, the water, the air or something else; they are the worst drivers I have seen since Salt Lake City. I haven't decided which was worse but either way they are terrible drivers.
On my trip through Indiana I saw a sign on the road advertising dairy farm tours. HUH? I don't know about people in other parts of this country but that doesn't sound like something I would want to do. Cows are stupid and they stink, I can't imagine paying money to see cows.
Traveling through Ohio I notice that that state had more road kill than any other state besides the state of Texas. The shear number of deer was overwhelming. I had heard that the state of Ohio does a lot of hunting and now I can see why.
The traffic in and around Chicago is atrocious. It has to be as bad as the Bay Area, I spent an hour and a half to travel the 20 miles through and just outside the city. What a great city! I know why everyone who can uses mass transit. The trains and L are easy to use and not very expensive.
The first day in town I just decompressed from all the driving of the previous days. The next day was my day to tour the city. I went to the top of Sears Tower and was truly impressed by the spectacular view of the city and the lake, very nice, I highly recommend it. After that I visited the Art Institute of Chicago. They are renovating the museum and 75 pieces were on loan so most of the Monet and a number of impressionists were gone. That was a little disappointing.
Today I went and saw the WhiteSox play. It is a very nice stadium. The seats are little funky though, they don't face toward homeplate so you have a kink in your neck by the time the game is over. Tomorrow I am off to see the Cubs and Wrigley Stadium. I will be on the road directly after so the next time you hear from me I will be all the way across South Dakota. More to come.