Tuesday, 15 March 2005

Trip to Indianapolis - Day 1

Left Windsor shortly after 10:00 am. Stopped by CAA office to get maps of Ohio and Indiana and the back for some American money. Crossed over Ambassador Bridge and arrived at Customs only to find out the light for the lane we were in changed to red. Customs officer scolded me but processed us and said good day.

Good driving from Detroit to Toledo. Took I75 to I475 to US24. US24 is primarily a two lane road except for a couple of sections of 4 lane expressway in Napoleon and Defiance. Part of US24 follows the Maumee River which provided some great views. It is a busy road - lots of trucks (used as a shortcut from I69 in Indiana to I75 in Toledo) - but traffic moved at a constant speed. A refreshing pace of change. There were maybe 3 or 4 traffic lights total between I75 and I69. Stopped in Napoleon for lunch at Wendy's and filled up the van with gas. Traffic dropped off a bit when we took I469 southbound at Fort Wayne but picked up again when we merged with I69.

The drive down I69 reminded us of Highway 401 between London and Windsor: Flat, two lanes each way and lots of trucks. Stopped at a rest stop for a bathroom break.
Traffic started to increase the closer we got to Indianapolis. We arrived at the Comfort Suites shortly after 3:30 pm. Checked in and took a breather in our room. Changed in to swimwear and took a relaxing dip in the heated pool - one of the warmest we have ever been in. Dried off and headed out in search of food.

Lots of restaurants to choose from. A mind boggling array. We settled on Tony Roma's American Rib House. Tina ordered a half rack of baby back ribs, baked potato and veggies; Adam settled on a full rack of baby back ribs, a loaded baked potato and coleslaw. Corbin took the obvious route: hamburger and fries. The food was served quickly and was hot and cooked. The ribs were great.

Took a trip down a major street. Lots of commercial development and activity, but unlike some commercial developments in Canada, there were no portable signs to be seen, and landscaping appeared to be mandatory. Most developments had larger stores (Wal-Mart, Kroegers, Home Depot, etc) at back and smaller stores in plaza type development closer to the road. Traffic moves smoothly due to the liberal use of left turn (double left turns at some intersections) and right turn lanes. Most left turn lanes had either an advanced or delayed green which gave everyone a chance to turn. Lots of townhouse and apartment development.

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