Beginning to feel the pull

By Sarah Reynolds | Jun 29, 2016
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds Late in the afternoon, windmills stand like sentinels along the horizon in Illinois.

Utica, Ill. — Home is beginning to exert its pull on us -- or on me, at least -- as we make our way east. We said a happy/sad goodbye to Katie and to Ellen and Chuck, collected our oh-so-lucky pup from the latter and got back on the road Tuesday morning.

We drove through Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, seeing cities and farm country, including wind farms. We listened to an audiobook by the wise and hilarious Terry Pratchett.

And we found out that at least one restaurant in Illinois does a very good crabcake. We stopped for dinner in the small town of Utica, Ill., on the way to our campground for the night, and I was pleasantly surprised. The menu did say the crabcake came with cheese on it, but they were nice about serving it without. Why interfere with the wonderful flavor of crab by adding cheese?

The scenery is not so splendid as that behind us, and it's not novel, as it was at the beginning of our trip, so I include just a couple of photos.

Today we head to the neighborhood of Mantua, Ohio. That state allows RVs to spend a night in certain rest stops along the turnkpike -- not pretty, but cheap and convenient -- and that's what we plan to do. We'll end the day back on Eastern Daylight Time.

Wildflowers bloom by the side of the road in Wisconsin farm country. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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