Day 6 - Illinois
|Sunday, March 24, 2019: We left Carol's house before 8:00 AM so we would have plenty of time to stop if we needed to on the way home.
|We got breakfast at Burger King because Claire likes their hash rounds. Debbie sat in the back with her to help her eat and drink, then moved back to the front when Claire was done. Debbie got surprisingly good at crawling into the front seat.
|Oooh, pretty sunrise.
|Here's yet another travel trailer we hadn't seen before. We continue to come to the conclusion that neither a trailer nor an RV will work for us, but Debbie still has to research every new one she sees anyway.
|We barely stopped at all and arrived in Indiana by 11:00 AM.
|We needed a rest area and kept forgetting to stop at the tollroad oasises (oases?), so we stopped at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, which is housed in a really cool building that is a mix of modern and traditional.
|A large map of Indiana out front welcomes visitors.
|A sculpture of the triple-dog-dare scene from "A Christmas Story" is also out front, because Hammond was the inspiration for the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, in the film.
|Debbie was delighted to see one of the Indiana Bison-tennial statues on display outside. This bison statue was part of the 2016 Indiana Association of United Ways' Bison-tennial Art Project, and this was the one created for Lake County.
|This duck statue was one of Highland, Indiana's 2003 Downtown Ducks.
|A giant fork next to the highway is a great way to attract the attention of potential visitors. Well played, Fair Oaks Farm.
|Purdue Pete graces this barn just north of Lafayette, Indiana.
|We cut through Sheridan to get home. Here's the Sheridan water tower noting that it is Blackhawk Country, which is the name of the high school team. Claire attended high school there for many years.
|The tower also notes the years that the football team was the state champion, including 2005, 2006, and 2007 while Claire attended. They made it to the championship again in 2008 and we were at the game but they lost. Apparently, we've killed their mojo because they haven't won since.
|We noticed that the street signs in town were red and black, which are Sheridan High School colors. Many attempts at a photo failed, so this is the best we can do.
|It was nearly 2:00 when we made it to Carmel but we had one stop left to make. We'd had Arby's for lunch several hours earlier but we deserved a treat.
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