Wednesday, June 11, 2008

One day left

We just arrived in Bedford, Pennsylvania, a small town in the Allegheny Mountains in western Pennsylvania. We drove through five states today - Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania - and are less than 350 miles from my parents house in Mt. Kisco, New York.  So close.

Driving through Indiana was interesting. Just four days after massive storms flooded much of the state, the weather was beautiful and the freeways were wide open.  We were initially going to drive further south to avoid the flood areas, but my brother did some research and told us that all the roads were open, so we stuck to the original route.

The devastation was pretty bad. We drove through miles of farmland that was completely flooded, crops ruined, soil spoiled (above).  At one point, we saw a farmer surveying his land, standing in the middle of a field of some now-dead crop, hands on hips, just shaking his head.  Pretty awful.

We stopped for lunch at a place called Young's Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The chicken sandwich was forgettable, but they're known for their ice cream, and we got a vanilla malt and a chocolate shake. They were INCREDIBLE.  If you ever happen to be in western Ohio, I highly recommend it.

Speaking of Ohio, we drove through Columbus today. We blasted The Victors the entire time.

Photos are coming, hopefully tonight. But no promises...

Update: Photos after the jump

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