Presently, I'm on the road in the heartland of the country visiting my wife's family in Indiana. Thought it might be fun to share the journey.
Saturday - left the Cape at 2:30 and headed up 495 to the Mass Pike and westward. Gas prices edge downward the further west we go. On NY Turnpike had a wonderful dinner at Roy Rogers at one of the rest stops - something about luke warm sandwiches wrapped in foil that adds to the whole adventure. Watched the first "Pirates" movie on my son's PSP player between Utica and Buffalo ... my son piped the sound through the car's speakers so I could hear the movie up front in the driver's seat. Arrived Red Roof Inn Buffalo at midnight - two adults, two young adults, one Boston Terrier. 510 miles.
Sunday - After a breakfast of Pop Tarts, started out from Buffalo, into PA and finally the Ohio Turnpike. Saw Lake Erie, Cleveland, and plenty of road kill. Lowest unleaded price we saw was $2.79/gallon. Passed signs that announce Edison's birthplace (US inventory with most patents), Rutherford B. Hayes birthplace (US President with best beard), and a McDonalds' special - two big macs, large fry, large drink for $6.55 (no wonder the country is out of shape -- two big macs!). Mini van almost didn't start after stopping for lunch at Ohio rest stop. By the way, we all had salads. Finally arrived at Indiana. 450 miles .
Sunday night - Because Indiana recently switched to eastern time, and is roughly 1000 miles west of Cape Cod, the sun does not set out here until circa 9:15 pm! Twilight lingers till nearly 10:00 pm!