Our Adventure Begins

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
Trip End Sep 10, 2009

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

We're all packed up, including the two cats, ZZ and Grace.  We left home this morning at 9.  We had just one short stop on the turnpike so that Art could check the trailer.  He had to tighten one of the spare tires.

ZZ is a bit freaked out, but he seems to have settled down in a spot where he feels secure - right behind the accelerator and brake pedal!

For our first toll just before Indiana I had a $10 bill ready.  No way, $14.25.  That's not too bad considering the $100+ toll we paid going through NY on our way to Maine a few years back. (Second toll, $20.75. diesel fuel $170.)

We plan to drive 405 miles today to Cabelas in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.  According to our map software, it should take us about 7:15:00.  In the "old days" when Art was a driving maniac, we'd probably get there in about 3 hours, but now that he's in his "old days" (and diesel prices are soaring) he is more conservative.

Before we get to Cabelas, we will stop at Jared in Hoffman Estates.  My sister, Mary, gave me a gift card for my birthday to add some Pandora charms to my necklace.  There aren't any stores close by in Ohio, but, as luck would have it, there is one only about 15 minutes from our first planned stop!  Shopping while on vacation...gotta love it!  (What's Pandora?  Check it out at www.pandora-jewelry.com)

We are going to stay in Cabela's RV parking for the night and for sure will spend some time (and $) in the store.  If you've never been to a Cabela's retail store, it's a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.  http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/community/aboutus/retail-detail.jsp?detailedInformationURL=/cabelas/en/content/community/aboutus/retail/retail_stores/hoffman_estates/hoffman.html&cm_re=retail*left*chicago
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