Thursday, May 19, 2011

Heading to the Hamfest.

I decided to head over to Dayton, Ohio for the Hamfest by my self this year.  My friends left from Des Moines today, and have a room for me to use when I get there, so it is just a matter of driving myself over there.

I left about 2 PM and drove over thru St Louis about 5:30.  Man do they have a traffic jam in that town!  I went in on I 70, but turned on I 270 to the North so as not to go thru the downtown area, and it is shorter that way anyway.

Well we came to a complete stop and waited for something imaginary because there was no accident or anything stopping the lanes.  But we stopped because everyone else stopped.  Traffic in big cities can be frustrating.  We never see much of it in KC because we live soooo far South that we are on the edge of the country.  And we don't commute to work so we just avoid the traffic jams.

I am holed up in a cheap motel over in Effingham, Illinois.  When I am by myself, I don't need much other than a bed and a potty.

It is 600 miles over to Dayton, and I drove 350 this afternoon so its about 250 on into town.  But you have to drive thru Indianapolis, and that can take an hour extra, so that is why I drove farther tonight.

Nothing else to report, except a rainy interstate, and very slow speed limits in Illinois.  If goes on forever.......

Retired Rod


  1. Hey Rod ,on your way back, take 270 to 370, 370 to I-70 in St Charles and then get off at Bryan Road,I want you to stop at the Weeb Ranch even if it's just for a few minutes and a pit stop. Like to meet up with you, Us retired guys are always home,My e-mail is give me a message and i will send my phone numbers to you so you can call and let me know when you are coming through, Weeb Lane is only two miles off I-70 & Bryan.Have fun at the hamfest, be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  2. Been through St Louis a couple times & know what you mean by the traffic. We totally avoid that city now. Effingham is on our southwest route & Indianappolis has thrown us a few curves over the last 5 years.

  3. Enjoy the Hamfest with your friends, it should be fun. Drive safely.

  4. Sometimes it is easier to go right through Indy than to take the 465 by-pass. After 9:00am and before 4:00pm. Have fun at the Hamfest and stay safe.


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