Busy day with lots of motoring yesterday! Over 10 hours on the road and 678 miles (according to Google maps). I am in a rush so I don’t have time now to calculate the exact route. I would like to extend a thank you to GAINSCO Auto Insurance for insuring my vehicle on my trip!
I left Detroit Tuned in the morning and headed for downtown Chicago. I was supposed to meet a friend for a late lunch but his flight was delayed and instead I did a driving tour of downtown Chicago. Chicago is everything I wish Toronto was. The downtown has a mixture of old and new architecture. The waterfront is beautiful, developed, and easily accessible hence why it looks like a popular spot. The traffic flows – I was there from 3-6pm on a holiday and there was a huge volume of cars, but the intersections cleared faster than Toronto (with the exception of the Magnificent Mile in Chicago due to pedestrians slowing down turns). I have some cool video of motoring through Chicago (was rendering and uploading all night – 1080p GoPro footage – hours later it’s not done, ARGH).
After Chicago, I headed back on the interstate towards Austin, MN. There are a lot of miles to cover to reach the Rockies and the West coast so I planned and am prepared for lots of straight driving. It was going well until the sun set. My energy levels were still reasonably high but the animals came out in full force!! I had to dodge full sized deer and coyote roadkill that took up 2/3 of the two lanes. Twice animals ran in front of my MINI and I was terrified of hitting one. Not only because I love animals, but because I love my car. Best case scenario is lots of yuck to wash off, worst case scenario is a collision where my MINI could be totalled or I could die… I’ve seen it before online and cars don’t fare well vs deer. It was also high-beams only with no lights along the road and the occasional cateye along the lanes. I prepared myself for these drives but didn’t fully think about the roadkill/animal aspect. I am rearranging my driving schedule for the next couple days. Hitting the road now and will see how far I make it before sunset but at sunset I am checking into a motel, no exceptions! Safety first
I have a million blog ideas in my head about the contrast of yesterday’s drive (downtown Chicago to the farmlands of Wisconsin in a couple hours), about the states I’ve passed through, about the sights and sounds observed. Right now my main priority is hitting the road, picking up a SIM card, and motoring west!! If all goes well with the SIM, I’ll be checking in at my next rest stop
I am having a BLAST. The absolute time of my life. I have learned so much already, seen so much and it’s only the beginning of day 3!
Happy Motoring, XO LILCOOPR