July 21, 2011
21.07.2011 - 21.07.2011 37 °C
I checked out of the Super 8 at 6:30 a.m., fueled-up at the "SHEETZ" gas station (what a name for a gas station) and headed west on #62. I had planned to ride secondary roads but the temperature was forecast to be in the high 90's today. So, I opted to get onto the interstates and make some miles before the temperature got too hot.
- 62 took me to I-76 which I rode to Akron, Ohio. This is the "rubber" capital of the U.S. I rode by a huge Goodyear factory. I turned onto I-71 which took me south-east to Columbus. I stopped at Mansfield for breakfast then carried on. I-270 took me along the top of Columbus, avoiding the city, and onto I-70 west towards Indianapolis. l went through Dayton, Ohio and had thought that I might stay there and visit the Wright-Patterson Air Museum near there but it was getting so hot and it was supposed to be even hotter tomorrow, I skipped it and carried on west. I figured I may as well make some kilometers while I was feeling good.
The traffic on these inter-states is incredible. You would not believe the number of trucks that are on the highways. I put the cruise on at just over the speed-limit of 65 and the trucks go by me like I'm doing half that. You never look behind and not see a truck gaining on you.
By 2 p.m. it was getting to 37C and I decided it was time to get off the road. I took an exit at Greenfield, Indiana. This looked like a good spot with lots of hotels and restaurants. I checked into the Comfort Inn. I got a nice room at a decent price. I cooled down and had a shower and one-hour cat nap. I walked a couple of blocks to a restaurant called O'Clancy's and had a great steak for dinner.
I walked back in 37C heat and was glad to get back into the AC.
There was a problem with the WiFi and I cold not access my e-mail or my blog (which I got fixed this morning (Friday).
I made up my mind this morning that I will take a day off from my travels. The hotel was able to oblige me with the room for another night. The temperature on Saturday may be a little less hot and there's a chance of some rain. Indianapolis looks like a large city so I'll take some secondary roads around it.
Distance today = 631 kms
Distance to date = 12,744 kms