It was in the Forties this morning when we left the Sandusky, OH area and headed Westward once again….nice drive on back roads along farms filled with cornfields and bean fields; nothing really exciting….just relaxing with little traffic. It wasn’t until mid afternoon that things got much more interesting with the YT trail in the mid to western section of Indiana; and we came across our first YT Highway Sign!!!
We ended up on some real back roads including gravel and dirt, which Luke and I really love…….check out the pics below.
Also along the way we found unleaded gas for…..drumroll…..$2.97 a gal. For two California guys, we were amazed at the price to say the least!!
Our first YT sign….and we thought we were lost!
Now things are starting to get interesting….our first dirt/gravel road road!!
Further down the road and into some trees…
The underpass was a surprise…plus the road ahead was turning to grass….not a good sign
The road ends next to a beautiful pond….The road had been fenced off years ago, however, after studying the map we worked around it and had a great afternoon doing the rest of the route
Finally, the Roadster next to a YT sign along our afternoon road adventure
That’s it for tonight….I’m beat as we ended up driving through Chicago to just south of the Illinois/Wisconsin border……you can only imagine the traffic on a Fri afternoon during commute hours. Roughly 2 hrs of heart hammering fun!!! Onward to Wisconsin and more tomorrow!
Today was a long but easy laid back day of travel on the YT back roads….the back roads of the US are to me the best way to travel. Usually light traffic and always unexpected sights and adventures. Part of today’s scenery included a wide variety of sights, some of which I’ve detailed below thanks to Luke’s out the car window photography.
This will be a short post as we spent the entire day driving from Seneca Falls, NY to Sandusky, OH and I’m ready for B&B….Beer and Bed!!!!
Vineyards and Winerys along the roadside, much like driving through Napa Valley…..this is big wine country!!
Next up, fields of Sunflowers in full bloom
Finally the shoreline of Lake Erie just past Cleveland
Typical of many water front homes along the Lake Erie shoreline….I want one!!!
On to Chicago tomorrow…
As I mentioned in the last post, we had an appointment this morning with Hemming’s Motor News for a visit and tour of their Bennington, VT facility’s. Terry McGean, the Editor-in-Chief, met us and gave us a great private tour of the car museum and offices….this was one of the highlights of our world tour. In addition, we discussed the world tour with several of his people followed by a photo shoot of the Roadster, as well as photo’s of us driving on a road bypass near the office…..all in all a fantastic visit. Thanks Terry……
I forgot to include the photo in yesterdays post …..we just happened to glance down at the speedometer while stopped at a stop sign in the Boston area and couldn’t believe our eyes….the odometer was at exactly 12,000 miles
The Roadster odometer turning 12,000 miles in MA since beginning the World Tour in Japan
Below are a few photo’s of our Hemming’s visit
The Hemmings Auto Museum
A very unique Brewster Body Ford, complete with Woodlite headlights. The grill is one of the most stylish you will see on any car
This is the Dodge panel truck they have used in several Great Race events….beautiful panel truck!!
Terry McGean doing some closeup photos of the Roadster
More photos….note the large tractor in the background…
We left Bennington around noon and once again hit the Yellowstone Trail heading west….beautiful drive the rest of the day along New York Highway #5….the leaves are just starting to turn and the lakes and ponds made it picture perfect.
The Roadster is running great with no problems other than a very dirty air cleaner, which we found at a local NAPA Auto Store and replaced this afternoon.
We’re spending the night in Seneca Falls, NY…..had some great local micro brew….life is good!!!