Well guys finally I am here with my pending travelogue and some nice pictures. Took a nice long sleep and then was got busy with the new job and had to compress all the pictures, so got bit delayed in posting the pics. Total Fuel:
$ 122 Total Toll:
Around 40 mpg (17 kmpl) Total Time:
17 hours and 30 minutes (rounded off) Driving Time:
15 hours Avg. Speed:
74 mph (118 kmph) Top Speed:
92 mph (147 Kmph)
So initially I was thinking to leave by 10 am but due to some important work my departure time got delayed and I left by 2:00 PM. Weather was pretty good, sunny and clear skies and I did my homework by checking the weather all the way to Minneapolis which was pretty good, NO rain (this is what screws the most).
The roads were really good and I did get some traffic when I left but it was not bad. Now guys the best part of this trip was driving in Pennsylvania, it is just amazing and beautiful. The view, greenery, mountains, road everything was just perfect for a road trip. You can see it yourself in the pics. Just hit the highway and keep following it for about 180-200 miles. The route was pretty simple you just have to take one highway and then it keeps changing into another one as you keep crossing the states or just take the exit and you will be on another highway (They are called Interstate highways. That’s why the highway names are like I80, I70, I90 etc and if you are going west than I70W and if east than I70E, same thing while going north and south).
So after leaving Woodbridge I stopped for gas after driving for 30 minutes and top up my tank and took my first stop somewhere in Pennsylvania as I was feeling bit hungry. Was a small 10 minute break and I was back on the highway and took my next stop at Ohio and so far I had covered 402 miles (643 kms)
and I did that in almost 6 hours. Well I did take the civic upto 92 mph (147 kmph)
I could take it further but I didn’t as I was already 22 mph over the speed limit
which I know was not good. Not from the safety purpose as the highway was empty and straight but COPS. So didn’t wanted to get a ticket.
After a 20-25 min break I was again on the highway and my next stop was Hampshire (IL) which was approximately 370 miles (600 Kms)
. And I took a good 30-35 minute break there, took gas and relaxed a bit. I cleaned all the windows of my car at the gas station so that the visibility remains good as it was night. So after 30 minutes I was again back on the highway and from here it was a pain to drive as there was a lot of road work hence the speed limit was 40-45-50 mph
and you have to be very careful at these patches since there are always cops hiding somewhere and if you are speeding in a work zone you get a BIG ticket. And if someone hits a worker the fine is $10,000
and jail. So it gets kind of tiring and boring to drive there and on top of that they had so many toll booths. So after driving for a while I took another stop around 4-4:30 am. I took a coffee and washed my face with cold water as my eyes were burning a bit which was good after I washed my face.
Well around 7:30 am I was in Minneapolis and had done another 343 miles (548 kms)
and was all tired and wanted to go to sleep BUT just thought of checking TAI
and I saw Raja’s
post regarding the Strome (where he went to see it) so obviously my sleep had to wait for a while until I read his review.
So overall it was a nice and beautiful trip and boring at some places after crossing Chicago where I encountered a lot of road work and toll booths. But finally by the grace of god I reached safely without a scratch on me or my car.
And now enjoy the pics guys.