What do you do to stay alert on long distance car rides?---I like to take pictures from the car as we wisk by at highway speeds!
Knowing this was going to be a LONG ride, we got an early start---about 6:30am. After about 20 minutes, we were heading across the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial bridge in St. Louis, much to the dismay of non updated Garmonia (our name for our Garmin). She kept yelling at us to "go to the highlighted route!"
Half way through Illinois along I-57 we passed Rend Lake. Driving past there always reminds of my childhood when the lake was built and I use to go there with friends to swim and boat. Haven't been there in probably 40 years!
Just past Rend Lake is West Frankfort where I lived for about a year back in 1967-68. This is my Mom's home town and she brought us here to be by our Grandparents and Uncle when my dad was sent on an isolated tour with the Air Force to Saudi Arabia.
I wasn't sure the extra time to get here was worth it until we got here. This place is pretty nice! With our Wyndham points it was "free" or a big discounted use of our points.
there's even a great little restauant at the marina about a mile from our villa. we were certainly ready for dinner by the time we got there (about 6:30---about 11 hours after leaving home.) i had fish and chips which were very good and Ken had a grilled chicken sandwich which he enjoyed, too.
Why didn't we have school buses like this when I was in school?!
Next day was low key with going to church with Angie and Josh, then out to brunch on the intercoastal. This was a new restaurant to most of us--Old Key Lime House. It did not disappoint!
Our 2 1/2 weeks there went by pretty quickly. Soon it was time to start our long trek back. I was able to pick up another night at the Wyndham in Villa Rica, so we used that as our heading home day. We got another very early start (about 6:30am). Seemed odd taking the Sawgrass Expressway to the Florida turnpike then Garmin telling us to go 550 miles to our next turn!!!
Was odd here with the Turnpike and I-95 right next to each other, too.
Ever wonder what they do with their trash in Florida? They make mounds with it!
A farm in north Florida