Our spring trip from the beginning!
DAY 1 - TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2023
We aimed for a departure of 6 am, but only missed it by 5 minutes due to
a forgotten item and to take the time to put the trash out for pick-up.
Our route down to I-44 was very uneventful. It was daylight when we reached the freeway, 45 minutes after departure. We ran into two snags, one appeared to be an accident and we think the other one was construction, and traffic was slow-n-go in both snags.
We did stop for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel at Sullivan exit, and then we found a nearby Sam’s for gasoline along I-255 in St Louis on the MO side. We'd taken I-270 south and then I-255 across the Mississippi River on the Jefferson Barracks Bridge. We stayed on that until we ran into I-55/I-70, and then they split later and we stayed on I-70. Traffic was very heavy on the 55/70 concurrent section, especially with tractor-trailer combos!
Tooling along on I-70, we ran into a couple more construction issues, mostly slow-n-go or just slowing down to 50 mph. Around Indianapolis, we debated trying to find gasoline or just see how much of a range the Subaru has. The range won, because of the cost of fuel in both IL and IN (higher than MO or OH).
We stopped at the IL, IN and OH information centers, but the only one to yield a new map was the Illinois center.
Checking into the hotel was a nightmare. Evidently, it's either a problem with our "card on file" (that we NEVER use to pay with), or just trying to use a different card altogether.
We first retraced our steps and tried to find some cheaper premium gas at Walmart’s Murphy USA, but the price was wrong in Gas Buddy – up at least 40c more a gallon. Needless to say, I corrected it in GB and we moved on. We found the Sam’s down on I-75, which was 9c cheaper than GB said it would be (cha-CHING!). There were SO many places to eat in that area that it was hard to decide whether to choose one or go with an earlier thought of the TX Roadhouse in Huber Heights. We finally did Olive Garden.
Mileage today: 543 miles in 9-3/4 hours
Photos from the day:
Crossing the Mississippi River into Illinois on the Jefferson Barracks Bridge (I-255).
The Mississippi River, as seen from the passenger side window.
Giant Cross at Effingham, IL.
View out the window of our motel room in Englewood, OH, near Dayton.