An earlier start was necessary today, considering the impending time change waiting for us at the Indiana state line the moment we hop back on I-74. It took about 90 minutes to reach Indianapolis, but before heading downtown, since we were already passing it on the way, decided to make a pit stop (pun intended) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, billed as the largest racetrack in the world, and home to the annual Indy 500. We're not auto racing fans, but still felt like it was something for a quick peek regardless, taking a few pics of the track and grounds.
Next up, the capitol building. It was a bit of a challenge parking with one way streets and construction, but before long we ascended up the steps, through security, and into the bowels of this historic structure. I deem it to be one of the more impressive capitols I've seen with its architecture. It was in between official tour times so had to do with walking around ourselves, gawking at the decor, taking a peek in the Senate/House chamber galleries, and posing in front of the Governor's office. An hour is all that's needed for the curious.
Two blocks to the east of the state house is a super tall Soldiers and Sailors monument, surrounded by a ginormous roundabout. We would have been happy to stop and check this place out, but our timing was sour being the lunch hour, with no convenient parking spaces. Oh well, time to go up and out. Interstates took turns leading us out of the city, from I-65 south to I-70 east to I-465 north, and finally the start of I-69 north.
We thought our time in Indiana was complete, but brochures at a rest area led us to reveal one more stop for the day. Apparently the famous 1950s actor James Dean grew up in the small town of Fairmount, IN. Mom was one of his biggest fans so it only seemed like common sense to drive 5 miles off the interstate. The James Dean museum and gallery was discovered here, with the guy running it to give us a map with all the highlights of the town and anything James Dean related. We only had time to check out the north side, taking pictures of the house he grew up in, the church he attended, the motorcycle shop where he used to hang, and of course his final resting place in the adjacent cemetery. Mom was thrilled to find this diamond in the rough attraction.
OK we're REALLY done for today. Back on I-69 to continue north (finally coming across road construction, although not as inhibiting as past trips), eventually crossing into the state of Michigan and landing a hotel in Coldwater, MI minutes later, just after 5:00pm EDT.
So far, so good!