Day 1: Home to Springfield, Illinois
We got on the road about 12:10. The killdeer escorted us up the driveway and away from the nest. (They’ve been nesting next to our driveway.) We hit construction and lots of traffic where I-94 and I-80 meet. It was otherwise pretty painless, if fairly boring, driving. Illinois is FLAT.
This is our fourth road trip crossing the plains — the previous trips were to Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, and Big Bend National Park — and it’s just as flat on this route. Since we went through Kansas this time I can cross that off my list, and New Mexico is new to me too. After that, Oregon and Alaska will be the only states west of the Mississippi that I haven’t been to.
Day 2: Springfield to Wichita
We got on the road at 9:15. Another easy, boring drive. Nagatha (AKA Google’s driving directions) kept trying to send us on HER route which was faster but had tolls. There was something going on in Kansas City. When we got to River City Brewing in Wichita where we had dinner they had the NFL draft on TV and we discovered that’s what was happening in KC.
Wichita was a pleasant surprise. I chose it as a place to spend the night because of its location but the more I read about it, the more interesting it sounded.
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It looked like the Bob Evans next door in Springfield was closed. We got Italian sandwiches from McAlister’s for later. In Wichita we had a good meal at River City Brewing down the street.
We had our own car. The neighborhood in Wichita was walkable. In Springfield the area was more strip malls.