This is probably one of my favourite photos ever.
We were about halfway between Indianapolis and Terre Haute when we stopped to get some gas at Koger's Kountry Mart. As we approached the cities, we'd turn on the radio in the truck to listen to music or the news, and as we were passing through Indianapolis, we heard that there were several tornados in the area. I remember how black the sky looked north of the city, but the weather had settled down by the time we stopped. That was a long day. We'd left western PA at about 7:00 a.m. and we pushed through a sliver of West Virginia, all of Ohio and Indiana, before stopping just over the line in Illinois at around 5:00 p.m. I toyed with taking a quick detour up to Fairmount, IN so that I could pay my respects at James Dean's grave, but when I checked the map, it would not have been a "quick detour" and would have taken us several miles and hours out of our way, so we pushed through to Illinois. Someday we'll get back up there.
By the way, if you ever find yourself in the Ohio/Indiana area, do stop at a restaurant called Bob Evans. The food is amazing!
I'd wanted so much to take a picture of a barn with "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco" on the roof, but apparently those don't exist anymore. I think I saw only one barn in Ohio with an ad painted on the roof. Not to knock the heartland, but there isn't much to see when you are on the highway slogging through farm country. So, virtually no photos exist from most of that first day, other than "Welcome to Ohio" or "Welcome to Indiana" signs, shot from the cab of the truck.
When I look at the photos now, I can't help but think of the lyrics to one of my fave songs, called "On the Road":