Road Trip Day 18-19: The End of the Road

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I know this post has been a long time coming. Maybe, subconsciously, I didn't want to write it, as it truly marks the end of my summer travels. Or maybe I've just been too busy with grad school… But, regardless of the reason this post is being written so late, here it is at last — the very last installment in my 19-day road trip series.

From Nebraska, Melissa and I scooted on through Iowa, skirting miles and miles of cornfields and stopping at the “World's Largest Truck Stop” right before the Illinois border. Is it really the world's largest? Who knows. It certainly was interesting, though, in an incredibly random way. Not only did the huge truck stop sell all sorts of flashy lights and leather interiors perfect for “pimping” your semi, but also pillow pets, machetes, and just about everything else in between.

From Iowa, it was on to Chicago. Both my sister and I have been to Chicago before, so we spent our first night there meeting up with a couple of my friends and gorging ourselves on macaroni and cheese and chicken tortilla soup from Feast. It was delicious.

The next day, being the last one of our trip, we headed down to Millennium Park for a bit since it was nice out and my sister had never been there before.

I've only been to Millennium Park in the dead of winter, so it was fun to see it so alive and bustling.

There were so many cute kids in adorable bathing suits screaming and having a blast that I could have easily stayed there all day.

But, after splashing around a bit in the fountains and grabbing lunch with another Chicago friend of mine, it was sadly time for us to bid the Windy City farewell. I really have no clue where the time went on this trip.

Unfortunately, no one warned us that “rush hour” in Chicago extends well into the afternoon. We spent two hours traversing about 30 miles on I-90 around the city. Oops. Good thing my car gets decent gas mileage…

And now for the very last daily road trip video from this adventure.

If you, too, are considering a summer road trip across the U.S. sometime, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for plenty more road trip coverage, from road trip do's and don'ts to a Grand Canyon “smackdown” between the North and South rims.

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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