Fall Foliage, Day 15 - Lebanon and O’Fallon, Illinois
After some work time in the RV, we met up with Christian’s Aunt Victoria for a tour of their manufacturing facility and lunch. Her husband Kyle McCarter is an Illinois state senator (he has Obama’s old office!).
For lunch we went to Hemingway’s Zen Garden for some super-fresh food and eclectic art viewing.
Then we ran some errands: getting organizers at Walmart, mailing Christian’s old phone back to his family, and getting groceries.
Back at Adam and Amy’s, we started prepping food - Christian roasted veggies, and I worked on a special project to be released at a later date.
We finished up the night with some more work time and a few episodes of Community.
Fall Foliage, Day 16 - Lebanon, Illinois, to Anderson, Indiana
Today was a driving day. It was a little tricky getting the car on the dolly since we were on residential streets, but we’re getting faster at the entire departure process! Christian lined up the car perfectly on his first try up the ramps, then we went into well-oiled machine mode with me tightening the tire straps while Christian hooked the safety chains. Then while he gets the car ready (in neutral with the steering wheel unlocked and battery disconnected), I pack away stuff on the inside for traveling.
Our next main stop will be to visit our friend Luke in Ohio where he’s a student at Casewestern Medical. Tonight’s stop is an intermediary quick-stop in Indiana. On the way, we stopped for a late lunch at Firefly Grill in Effingham, Illinois, for some grown-there cuisine (“eco-conscious New American”).
While at a gas station in Casey, Illinois, this sign convinced us to go take a tourist detour.
A couple hours and one semi-confusing time zone change later, we were at our stop for the night - a Walmart parking lot in Anderson, Indiana, chosen for its ease of parking, proximity to a dump station for tomorrow, and low cost (free).