Two Day Midwestern Journey

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Patty (with KiKi) and Beth (with Fred) in front of Beth's business

Patty (with KiKi) and Beth (with Fred) in front of Beth’s business

Days 9 and 10: Leaving Minneapolis, we traveled through Wisconsin and into Chicago on day nine. It was beautiful country and next to the Mauston, Wisconsin supercharger, Patty met a store-owner (Beth) who had a little dog (Fred) and some really great local cheese. Stop by her place if you are in the area.


At the Chicago eatery Bar Toma

At the Chicago eatery Bar Toma

Old Chicago Pumping station - the Great Fire survivor

Old Chicago Pumping station – the Great Fire survivor

Once in Chicago, we met Craig’s nephew Drew and his girlfriend Becky for dinner. Drew had selected Bar Toma, just off the Miracle Mile, downtown. Chicago is really a compact city with a sprawling suburbia. Downtown is alive with lights and life at all hours.

It was a warm and sunny day, but as we  got out of our car for dinner the city of Chicago lived up to its nickname of The Windy City.

After eating dinner we walked down to the corner and Becky shot a photo of the three of us with the old Chicago Pumping Station in the background. This is one of only seven buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.


Chicago and the Midwest - Toll Roads

Chicago and the Midwest – Toll Roads

Midwest Toll-Roads and the countryside

Midwest Toll-Roads and the countryside

The following morning we headed out of Chicago, for Macedonia, Ohio. During the trip we realized just how much the Midwest employs Toll-Roads to tax people. It was a slow, but continual bleeding from Illinois to Ohio. I suspect it will be more of the same on the East Coast. I think I much prefer to pay for the roads through direct taxation and maintenance of  Freeways. Toll-Roads smell too much like regressive taxation for my tastes — besides I hate the drip-drip of my cash, the  delay at toll booths, and the crazy driving as people scatter to get back on the 3-lane highway after passing through a toll-gate with 8-10 lanes.

Traveling through Indiana and Ohio on I-90, the scenery was certainly green, but not much change and very long, straight stretches.

Chris and Eunice at Macedonia supercharger

Chris and Eunice at Macedonia supercharger

Finally we reached Macedonia and as we pulled into the Tesla superchargers there, we saw another black Tesla from California. Chris and Eunice and their two children had also driven from Southern California, but they had traveled to Maine and were returning home.

Randy & Vera with their Prius along with Patty & Craig

Randy & Vera with their Prius along with Patty & Craig

As we backed in we noticed a red Toyota Prius sitting in the parking lot in front of us. It was our friends Randy and Vera. They had driven up to meet us for dinner and got there before us. It was a fun dinner, with lots of stories about cruising – all of us are veteran cruisers – and sights to be seen around the United States. After dinner Randy enjoyed taking the Tesla around the parking lot – doesn’t sound like so much, but he still had a ‘Tesla grin’ when we finished the ride.


Mark

Mark

Remember Mark, the Leaf owner in St. George who helped by allowing us to charge overnight in his garage on Day 2? Well he posted to his own blog about the experience. Here is a link to his post: http://bit.ly/SNxfrb

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