Monday, August 1, 2005, West Middlesex,
Pennsylvania to Terre Haute, Indiana
We left West Middlesex about 8 a.m., and the trip on Interstates 80,
76, 71 and 70 across Ohio and
Indiana was hot but otherwise pleasant -- the sun bright all day, and
temperatures in the low 90's. We tried to hook up with Eric Cammer (a
former brother in the Long Island Ravens MC) for lunch in Columbus, but
could not make the connection. As we crossed Indiana, Mike questioned why
we needed so much corn. And not much engineering is required to build
roads in Indiana -- mostly needed is a straight edge. Mike says
"Indiana is flat!!"
We made very good time, and arrived in Terre Haute earlier than we
expected (especially since we did not stop in Columbus for lunch). Losing
an hour as we went to another time zone in western Indiana also helped.
Mike also claims that John's short spurts to 100 mph might have also
helped (he exaggerates!).
Vigo County courthouse (1888) in "downtown" Terre
Terre Haute is nearly to the Illinois border and has a proud
history. We took a short
trip around Terre Haute, and visited the local Harley-Davidson dealer
where John bought the obligatory t-shirt. Observed an Ohio Hells Angel --
Mike comments that all Hells Angels guys must work in a gym. And they
whine -- but Harley dealers do humble all!!
Terre Haute (which is French for "high land") is on the Wabash River and we went down and watched the
water flow by -- not much else to do in Terre Haute. Even though
there are several colleges and Indiana State University in the city, there
was no discernible night life or a thriving downtown. Perhaps it was
the Summertime season?
We had an excellent
dinner in a local Mexican restaurant out near the interstate -- the waiter was sensational.
Besides being this cute Hispanic, he was able to balance six heavy plates at
a time on a single outstretched arm. The physics of this endeavor
still amazes me.
No WiFi at the motel, so could not post an email. Richard claims that
my medications should arrive at Springfield., MO by noon tomorrow.