After a break in an early morning rains, we were able to disconnect our utilites, hook up our Jeep and get underway from our campground, albeit under cloudy skies. However, we were delighted to discover that I-80 west of Elkhart was smooth and seeming well-maintained,
Soon thereafter, however, we could see more precipitation off to the northwest
From there on the weather continued to improve. And while the temperature soared into the high 80o, stiff, gusty winds from the west
At one point, we discoverd that when I-80 and I-90 split our exit was blocked.
The detour was, however, well-marked and short and we were soon crossing the Des Plains RIver
While farms, barns and silos were abundant along I-80, those in Illinois seem to be surrounded by fields of corn whereas those we'd passed thus far were either not tilled or planted or the crops were just emerging.
Again, ROADWORK was evident
We finally reached the Mississippi River