Yes, in all 39 years we have been looking at, talking about and 'dreaming' about the Midwest and West.
BUT with our total 67 trips to The Netherlands, also having done international consulting work through 2004, and being the tour guide and designated driver for house guests—it never got realized.
Due to our declining health, it was NOW or NEVER!
Pieter's heart condition since his open–heart surgery on September 3, 2010 and my chronic kidney disease in stage IV.
Off we both went, on Saturday, July 16 around 8:00; heading for our 1st destination for the night:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marion, IL←click link.
This was at 8:08 in our driveway and the mileage was at 13,633 or 21,940 km.
At 11:49 we had Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia behind us, and were now in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Interstate-24 W.
Pit stop along Interstate-24 in Tennessee, almost halfway for the day...
The Luther Draffen Bridges carry Interstate 24 over the Tennessee River in western Kentucky
This was around 14:50.
Keep in mind, that my photos, made with one hand while driving, are NOT the best.
Pieter cannot handle it at the speed of Interstate driving, due to his eye sight problems.Luther Draffen Bridges ←click link
Those Bridges are SO IMPRESSIVE to cross...!
Around 15:13, I was crossing yet another marvel; the Paducah Bridge on the Interstate 24 over the Ohio River between Paducah, Kentucky and Metropolis, Illinois.
Yes, large rivers often are the state border!
Paducah Bridge ←click link
Actually two subsequent arches!
This is excellent, as seen from up high in a truck; Crossing the Ohio River on I-24 into Illinois ←click for short video
Around 15:59 Pieter was gassing up, for next day at gas station right across from our hotel.
License plate RUN8632 but the maximum speed that Relive shows is NOT accurate!
Right across from our destination for that day, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Marion, Illinois.
We had a relaxed night in room 303
Timely arrival after 8 hours and 37 minutes driving and covering 910.8 km or 566 miles.
We went from Georgia, through Tennessee, Kentucky and into Illinois
Enjoy this short 2 minute Relive video below:
Stay tuned for our next day...