Toll Entrance

Toll Entrance

ONCE ENTERING the Indiana Toll Road system, it's tempting to continue straight on to the Ohio Turnpike, Pensylvania Turnpike, New Jersey Turnpike, Maine Turnpike, and so on to reach my final destination. But I'm walking here! The New England term for "turnpike" refers to the toll gates that restrict access to the improved highway until a toll is paid -- a term that's unique to this part of the country. The concept of paying extra "tolls" for efficient travel is popular and accepted in regions that have become crowded with cars.

Additionally, it's interesting how toll roads focus our attention on distant destinations, so a visitor is tempted to hurry past road exits that lead to notable cities like Grand Rapids, Michigan, the birthplace of President Gerald Ford...

Grand Rapids Michigan

Grand Rapids Michigan

Or South Bend, the home of Indiana's venerable Notre Dame University and its notorious "Fighting Irish" football team...

Notre Dame Campus and its Touchdown Jesus

Notre Dame Campus and its Touchdown Jesus

Or Battle Creek, Michigan, home of the Kellogg's cereal company and Tony the Tiger... 

 

Battle Creek Michigan

Battle Creek Michigan

Now I've entered a region where urgency is favored over leisure travel. Expediency is paramount for today's traveler who wishes to pay for the privilege, so I'll seek opportunities to leave the through way in favor of local byways that connect the country's neighborhoods.

Where else can I find monuments to a balloon-toting hobo or an endangered rhino grazing about?

Lake Station, Illinois

Lake Station, Illinois

Week 28,  Miles 2325, Weather 70F☀️ 

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AuthorRich Monroe