Saturday, November 20, 2010

THE Trip, Silos, Folk Art and The Wind Mills of Indiana

Copyright 2010, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

First day out we traveled across southern Michigan to I 69 and turned Big Butt's nose SOUTH!!  Before long we crossed the Michigan/Indiana state lines.  We only drive 100 miles that first day, as we are always tired from the prep work and just want to get on the road.  First stop, Auburn Indiana, Fireside Campground (this place has changed it's name several times in the last few years, thankfully, they have not changed their phone number).

We were off the road by 4ish, set up before dark, and we were officially On The Road Again.

Next morning we had to decide just where we were going.  Amazingly fun, leaving the stick built behind and just heading west and south!  No plans, or very few.  We checked the weather reports, and believe me, if the words snow, or ice, or below zero temps had been in the forecast we would have driven hard and long to escape.  But, Mother Nature was playing havoc with the east and west coasts and ignoring Indiana and Illinois, so we decided we could mosey along, driving only a few miles a day.  Some days we will take the back roads of America, seeing some areas we have not seen before and stopping along the way to take in a few historical museums, cemeteries and whatever else we can find.

So, Day 2, we headed Big Butt and Tana south again on I 69 till just south of Fort Wayne Indiana, where we turned west on US 24 and drove through the heartland.  The heartland in this section of Indiana is flat and filled with acres and acres of corn fields.    And, of course, where there are corn fields, there are lots and lots of buildings and silo structures to store all that corn, we saw lots.  (Photo is deceiving, these silos were HUGE!  Photo taken from Big Butt while moving along about 55 MPH, at least this one is sorta in focus!  LOL)


We stopped along side the road to have lunch from the cooler and picnic basket.  We stopped in Lake Cicott, Indiana.  We basically picked a wide spot in the road where we could safely get off US 24, and found - - well - - I am not quite sure.  Lets just call it a yard full of true American folk art:


At Wolcott we had a detour, US 24 was totally closed.  Nothing to do, but follow the detour, but, we had a wonderful reward.  At or near the intersection of 231 and I 65 we came upon windmills, bunches of them.  I did a little googling and found they call this a Wind Farm, and found a few interesting articles, Why don't Indiana wind farms operate on windy days and Indiana Wind Farm Provides Glimpse of Zero-Emission Future.

I found them delightful, and took the opportunity to practice taking photos out of a moving truck.



We traveled on US 24 till we came to I 57, where we turned south again.  Our drive for the day was about 240 miles, we stopped near Champaign Illinois at a small but very nice campground, D & W Lake RV Park.  Due to the time change we still arrived early in camp, set up before dark. 

And, so ended a nice drive through the heartland of Indiana.  Beautiful farm land, silos, folk art and graceful wind mills, a very nice drive indeed.

5 comments:

Karen said...

There are a lot of wind farms in SW MN and eastern SD - I'm amazed at the size of those turbines, when you get up close to them. Just huge!

Nolichucky Roots said...

This is going to be so much fun! I feel like I'm along for the ride. There's an enormous wind farm in Kansas on I-70 (I think it's east of Russell) that goes on for almost 10 miles. It's amazing. And then there's the mother of all wind farms going up in the Mohave Desert west of Edwards Air Force Base. Both worth seeing. Wave if you pass through St. Louis ;)

Greta Koehl said...

This is so exciting - I wanna do something like this some day! Love the folk art!

Becky said...

Congratulations! You're on your way!! For some reason, I didn't think you were leaving until after Thanksgiving. Hope you have a safe, happy, great trip - and definitely keep an eye on the other guy! Oh, and the wind farms "out west" are amazing...

Lisa Wallen Logsdon said...

What fun! So enjoyed reading this! Makes me want to pack my things and take off down the road...