So after choking down a half stale bagel on Saturday morning at the Ramada in Elyria OH, I got onto the Turnpike heading west into Indiana.
My head wasn't in a good place that morning.
A not-so-restful night at the dingy motel combined with weather that was off and on again miserable Plus a general sense of trepidation as I drove toward the outskirts of Chicago and the clusterf*ck of traffic I'd have to dodge just took all the wind out of my emotional sails.
I stopped somewhere in IN at a turnpike rest area during a torrential cloudburst to eat a fish sandwich and some apple slices and buy a soda for the ride since I needed a caffeine boost to keep me going.
I downloaded the On Star directions that would guide me to Sonya Ann's house while I waited for the skies to let up.
I had a printed out MapQuest direction sheet but felt better having the GPS thingy on too, since once in traffic, it's hard to be looking at a paper for your next exit while driving 70 miles an hour.
I kept driving in and out of rainstorms until right before I got to the western edge of IN.
Once I got near my exit onto I-80 West I panicked when I saw that my exit was CLOSED due to construction. And just where did the fine folks of the Department of Transportation detour me to?
The Chicago Skyway.
Anyone who has driven this piece of Roadway Hell knows why I was crapping in my pants.
Hubs and I were sent through this Death's Highway last August when we went to IL for his sister's wedding. But last year, HUBS was driving, not me.
So I was doomed to the Skyway. sigh
I have to say that the On Star GPS thingy worked well and other than the permanent marks left on the steering wheel from my white knuckle driving I did aok. All those rainstorms slowed traffic around Chicago way down(which was good in a way), but it also made the time it took to get past Chicago longer.
Ok, here is where I get to rant and rave about the outrageous tolls I had to pay driving through OH, IN and into IL!
The Ohio Turnpike robbed my pockets to the tune of $17, the Indiana Toll Road for $10 and the Illinois Toll Authority/Chicago Skyway for $5.50.
$32.50 total.....and that was just one way on the trip!
Thankfully I was NOT returning along that route to get home again.
Incidentally, this stretch of the trip was the only part with toll roads in it. Everywhere else I went had the good sense NOT to charge me to use their highways.
So my original plan would take me west of Chicago past Joliet, past the urban centers and then north, up to Sonya's house. It was sort of a roundabout longer way but with less driving stress.
With the I-80 detour that plan didn't happen. It was the Skyway around Chitown and then up to the suburbs. bleh.
Since the rain had stopped by the time I got to the Skyway I made a stop in Kildeer IL to do some shopping at a World Market store.
I won't go into the "almost incident" that happened in the parking lot at this shopping center when a over botox-ed anorexic old bimbo with an expiration date of 1990 walked out right in front of my car as I got between her and the overpriced shoe store she was wanting to get to, and she made a face at me(even through the Botox, what an effort that took!)and I saw red and pictured myself calling Sonya Ann from a local jail cell to come bail me out, after I had run this bitch over.
Nope we won't go there......
I "heart" WM.
I picked up 12 more gourmet sodas, which happened to be half price!
A bottle of a most excellent sparkling Moscato from Australia that is now discountined at WM
Bottles of Torani Syrup(also on sale), a couple of single bottles of craft beers for Hubs that we can't get in PA.
3 bags of dried cantaloupe fruit(love this and can't find it anywhere but WM), 2 large bars of Ghiradelli Chocolate at 55% off(A $1.26 for chocolate? Yes, please!), and a bag of Maple Bacon flavored Potato Chips.
This particular WM has just begun carrying hard liquor, besides the beer and wine offerings all WMs sell. I spied a Utah based whiskey Hubs can't get in PA, so that also left the store with me as well.
After dropping $127 at World Market I gave Sonya a call and said I'd be arriving in about 45 minutes so get my drink ready because after the drive I just had, I really needed one! lol
And 45 minutes later I pulled into her driveway and gave her a big hug.....before taking my drink and parking myself in her living room.
The rest of the day was devoted to drinking and gabbing, then a little eating(it was a spaghetti feast & Den made a really good dip/salsa thing with sun dried tomatoes too!)and then more drinking and gabbing until we just couldn't do either anymore and we fell into bed(well, 2 different beds....get your minds outta the gutter willya?!).
Next time, Sonya makes a big impression, we go to Vegas, buy out a liquor store, frugal shop and eat cheap steak.