Odometer: 483,488 miles
Trip Mileage: 2,406 miles
Three more states down! I’m down to fewer than 10 hours remaining until I arrive at my easternmost destination on this trip.
Departing Springfield this morning.
I turned over 483,000 (and missed the picture by 2 miles; oops!) about 20-30 miles from St. Louis this morning.
Approaching downtown STL via I-44 East.
I snagged this picture of the St. Louis arch out my open sunroof while driving northbound on Memorial Drive toward my friend Dave’s office in downtown.
Once in St. Louis, I went to my friend Dave’s workplace. I parked a couple spaces away from his 1995 “Granada Black Pearl” Legend coupe. Our cars (and Dave & I!) have quite a bit of history together since we first met at the first Nat’l Acura Legend meet in 2005 in Dallas, Texas.
Dave and I, along with our friend Jen, walked to a great Italian place called Charlie Gitto’s. The woman in the restaurant who I’d asked to take our picture didn’t do such a hot job of getting our entire bodies into the shot!
This picture was taken at Kiener Plaza.
This is the best I could do at getting a shot of the Illinois state line since I was on a bridge crossing the Mississippi River and had no place to stop.
I made a pit stop in Effingham, Illinois and saw some clever souvenirs.
Another version of the T-shirt said, “Where in the Effingham are we?”
Here’s something I was surprised to see: 93 octane fuel! The highest we get back in AZ is 91. I paid $3.82 for this.
Since I included the first “cross” picture, I should also include this new one that I got today. This one is off I-70 near Effingham. Somehow the crack on my windshield ended up looking like a lightning bolt! Yikes.
Speaking of windshields: At some point today I heard a loud crack and looked over to see that my windshield had sprouted a second huge line in it. Good thing I held off on throwing a new windshield in this car until AFTER this trip!
Indiana state line! This one was tricky – holding the camera out, capturing myself, the car, AND the state sign while avoiding getting sideswiped by cars on an interstate with a very narrow shoulder. Risky business but all in the name of a very necessary photograph!
In Indy I talked with a local friend Gerry who I’d hoped to meet up with but our schedules didn’t align. I must say, Indianapolis has some poorly kept roads! Granted I can’t have high expectations while riding on a suspension with 483k miles, but these freeways wore me right out.
Starting to see some signs for Columbus!
How about a short side trip to Brazil? Brazil – INDIANA – that is.
Welcome to Ohio!
Just inside the western Ohio border is Dayton. I stopped at a town prior to that called Brookville for fuel.
Not long after that, I got caught in one of the worst downpours I’ve ever driven through. Even wipers on full blast couldn’t keep up with the pace. Though, I still managed to somehow take a picture while maintaining control of the car. Multi tasking at its finest.
Another classic mirror shot. Great sunset tonight after the rains cleared!
And a sky shot.
Tonight’s motel selection must have been inspired because it happens to be directly behind Lindsay Acura here in Columbus.
A couple of observations: So far on this trip, aside from Dave’s car in St. Louis, I’ve seen zero 1991-1995 Acura Legends. None! I guess after being out of production for 16 years, most of them seem to have disappeared from the roadways.
Received a number of phone calls and text messages today from my great friends & family checking on my progress! Grateful to have so many people looking out for me while I’m out roaming the country. Okay that’s it for now! Next stop: PA tomorrow.