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9 July 2006: A Brief Hiatus and an Apology

I'm going to go on a very brief two-day hiatus (i.e., next post will be Tuesday, the 11th). Here's why: it takes about three hours or so each night to prepare the next day's entry, including tagging and sorting the photographs, processing them in Photoshop for the web site, and then doing the actual writeup. Today, on top of getting up at 5:30am to cover the Victor to Coralville, IA alignment, I got badly hung up in Joliet and southern Chicagoland trying to make the break to Portage and tonight's hotel. This caused me to roll in to the hotel at around 9pm local time without having had dinner or a shower, and several hours more of work staring me in the face on top of it.

So tonight is going to be a simple thing. I did manage to get as far as I-80 and I-94 crossing into Indiana, and I'm doing that tomorrow on purpose (a Sunday morning on an Interstate is as quiet as it's going to get). My photographs through the Chicago metro area -- keep in mind that US 6 never, ever actually entered Chicago city limits -- were a bit hurried because there were some areas where it would be quite personally dangerous for a guy with glasses and a camera to go running around taking pictures in, and the road was quite busy with no pull-over areas. At least the Interstate *does* have them.

Tomorrow I drive up to Sandusky, OH and from there to Cleveland. Then I turn south to visit my aunt and uncle for a couple days in Columbus. So what I'm going to do is this: I don't have highspeed Internet at the next hotel, which makes uploads and research very difficult and tedious. Instead, I will skip tomorrow as well and when I get to my relatives' house, I will do the writeup and uploads then (one for each day). That way, you and I will be fully caught up when I get back on the road after my visit. Sound fair?

Now, I'm going to try to get a good night's sleep except that next door there are a lot of screaming kids. I leave you with this picture of Interstate 74 and US 6 crossing the Mississippi River into Moline, IL:

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Tuesday: Coralville to Chicagoland!

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