Friday, May 31, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-72 in Illinois

I-72 North of Seymour Illinois, looking west. ...
I-72 North of Seymour Illinois, looking west. Approx, mile post 175. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 72 in Illinois has a length of 179 miles and cuts across the middle of the state. This highway joins Springfield, Decatur, Champaign and Urbana with Hannibal, Missouri. The attractions near I-72 include the Mississippi River, the William M. Staerkel Planetarium, the Children's Museum of Illinois, Lincoln Tomb State Historical Site, Lincoln Presidential Library and the Lincoln Home.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-71 in Ohio & Kentucky

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset; Clevelan...
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset; Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 71 begins its journey south from the city of Cleveland where it connects with I-90. This highway joins Cleveland with Columbus and Cincinnati in Ohio and with Louisville, Kentucky. For many drivers who frequently travel I-71 between Cleveland and Columbus, Exit 173 is a popular place to stop.  Also Exit 131 is a convenient place to get gas before entering the Columbus area. Attractions near this interstate include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, COSI Columbus, Caesar Creek State Park, Fort Ancient State Memorial and the Ohio River. In Kentucky Louisville is home to Churchill Downs and the Belle of Louisville.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-70 in Utah

English: False Kiva in Canyonlands National Pa...
English: False Kiva in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 70 ends its journey in Utah and what an ending it is. The spectacular scenery along my favorite section of any interstate includes some of the most desolate landscape in the United States. This stretch of I-70 takes me a lot of time to cover because I pull over to take pictures at every opportunity. (I have not driven this section since I got my digital camera.) Travelers should be cautious because services can be few and far between, so keep enough gas in the car. Moab in eastern Utah is a mecca for a variety of outdoor pursuits. This interstate also connects Moab with Green River and joins I-15 in western Utah. Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Capitol Reef are located near this highway.

Utah Arches7
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)  
Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

On the Road: Books on CD

A couple years ago I went to a garage sale and picked up some books on cd. I had never listened to that type of cd on a trip. Since they were only $2 each, I thought I would give them a try. One author was new to me and the other two were old favorites. I found it was easier to listen to the authors with whom I was familiar. I already liked their style and their stories held my interest. Last summer T.J.Maxx had some books on cd sets for $4, so I picked up several more.


On this last trip I listened to a book on Anne Boleyn which was fine. I had read the book before and was very familiar with the life of Henry VIII, but the subject matter was not the greatest for my trip. Not that beheadings and executions are not interesting, but the book will not be making another trip with me anytime soon. The other book I had was a light romance. Although that genre is not a favorite of mine, I found myself laughing at the subject matter and throughly enjoying the book. Listening to it made the miles go by faster.

When I purchased these cds from a store, I went on Amazon to check out the reviews for the books. For one of the sets I bought, the reviewers stated the book was the worst one ever written by the author and the story put them to sleep. That was not what I needed while I am driving, so I returned it.

The sets that I purchased at the garage sale had a lot of fingerprints on them, so I would caution anyone who purchases a used set to clean them with Windex before putting them in the car for the trip. In addition, I would recommend placing these discs in a cd wallet to make it easier to have access to them and keep them organized.

(Photo taken in 2011)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-70 in Colorado

Westbound Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon
Westbound Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 70 in Colorado covers very flat terrain on the eastern side of the state. However, Denver is the gateway to the amazing scenery of the Rocky Mountains. While driving on this section of highway, travelers realize the challenges that were met in constructing the interstate highway system. I-70 joins the cities of Burlington, Limon, Denver, Aurora, Silverthorne, Vail, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.

Tourists can spend weeks taking in the activities of this state. Rocky Mountain National Park is located north of this interstate. Denver Red Rocks Park, Loveland Pass, Glenwood Canyon and Colorado National Monument are just a few of the attractions. On Mount Evans one can see the mountains to the west and the plains to the east. South of this highway are Mesa Verde National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Both are well worth a side trip. I like to get gas at Grand Junction before traveling into the eastern section of Utah since services are scarce in that area.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.


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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-70 in Missouri & Kansas

English: A montage of Kansas City
English: A montage of Kansas City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 70 travels through St. Louis when it enters the state of Missouri. On its way to Kansas City, this highway passes through O'Fallon, Warrenton, and Columbia. I-70 joins Kansas City, Missouri with Kansas City, Kansas. On its journey through Kansas, Interstate 70  joins the cities of Topeka, Salina, Hays and Colby. Attractions near this highway include the Winston Churchill Memorial, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, the casinos of Riverfront Park, the Korean-Vietnam War Memorial, the Flint Hills, Castle Rock and Monuments Rocks. Depend on the larger cities for more options for lodging.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.


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Friday, May 10, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-70 in Indiana & Illinois

Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the air.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the air. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 70 continues west through the farmlands of Indiana and Illinois. This highway connects the cities of Richmond, Indianapolis and Terre Haute in Indiana with Effingham and Vandalia in Illinois. I always stop for gas at Exit 162 where I-70 joins with I-57 for a while. Best bets for lodging are in the large cities, so plan accordingly. Attractions include the Indianapolis Speedway, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, the Lieber State Recreation Area and Brookville Lake in Indiana and the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historical Site, Lincoln Trail State Park and Carlyle Lake in Illinois.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.


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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

On the Road: On the Road Office

My laptop and ipad are with me on every trip, but they are only part of my on-the-road office. I take a pouch of pencils, pens and highlighters for every need. The pouch also includes scotch tape, a small stapler and staples, and a pair of scissors.


Paper is important. I take a couple dozen sheets of typing paper. Post-It notes and small note pads are also included. When I am going on a trip that will be for an extended period, I also take a magnetic note pad for the refrigerator and a couple of magnets. That way I can make use of the refrigerator door as a bulletin board.

When I first started traveling, I did not bother to pack these items. I purchased what I needed as I needed it. After a while the items began to accumulate and I noticed that the money I spent on these items was beginning to grow. I have found that packing these items allows me to have them available immediately when I need them. The small items fit in a zippered bag and the paper fits into the front zippered compartment of the suitcase. Having these items with me has been very convenient.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-70 in Ohio & West Virginia

Montage of Columbus, Ohio images. From top to ...
Montage of Columbus, Ohio images. From top to bottom left to right: Columbus skyline Ohio Statehouse Ohio State University Short North Nationwide Arena Replica of Santa Maria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 70 spends a few minutes in West Virginia before entering the state of Ohio, which is the land of interstates with numbers in the seventies. This highway links Wheeling, West Virginia, with the Ohio cities of Cambridge, Zanesville, Columbus, Springfield and Dayton which is just south of I-70. Attractions include Berkley Springs and the Ohio River. Dresden, the mecca for Longaberger Basket fans, is north of Zanesville. I usually get gas around the Dayton area before heading west. Avoiding Columbus at rush hour is a good idea. Even the bypass is crowded.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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