I was thrilled to get out of Illinois and into Indiana but that didn't last very long. My last trip through Indiana resulted in a visit from the State Police so I was hoping to avoid that today by setting the cruise at ~6 over until I got to Ohio. Shortly after stopping for dinner I started getting radar hits, no worries I though, I'm in the right lane minding my own business and both the speedometer and GPS are reading 76mph. In fact there was a minivan ahead that was doing at least 85 and I had a cluster of cars behind me that were gaining on me and about to pass. So, I continued on my way past officer friendly partially hidden in the median. As the two cars behind me passed him he started to roll and I figured he was after the gold buick that had been steadily gaining on me but nope, he tucked in behind me and the lights came on. He tells me he was pulling me over for speeding, 83 in a 70 he says. I was shocked since I had been holding a steady 76 since I pulled out of the rest stop (I checked the GPS log, ~76mph for 30 straight minutes). He would hear nothing of it though, both my speedometer and GPS were wrong (by the same amount), oh and the GPS is a dangerous distraction. He is a highly trained officer and not only did he get me on radar but he is trained to visually check speed and was sure that I was doing 83mph. My questions only got me a lecture, I was getting the buick's ticket and there wasn't much I could do about that, he owes me $136.
It is very unlikely that I will ever make this drive again. There's not really much to see on this side of the country, all the interesting stuff is on the west coast. Driving this far is really just for the drive and the bad drivers, bad roads, tolls, police and traffic take all the fun out of the drive. I've driven close to 4000 interstate miles in the past week and I didn't see a static speed trap until I got to Indiana, in Wyoming and Montana the State Patrol actually patrols! They're not parked making money for the state on a poorly maintained toll road. The drivers in Illinois have the worst lane discipline I've ever seen, even worse than SLC. I will be glad to at least get out of the northeast, I'm hoping things are better in the southeast but don't expect to really get back to motoring until I get back to New Mexico.
I did make it about a third of the way across Ohio today. Tomorrow I will either head towards Portland or make a pitstop in Kingston, it'll depend on what time I hit Albany and how tired I am. No more timezones to cross so at least I won't lose an hour of driving tomorrow.
10hrs of driving
68mph average speed
11k ft climbed
two gas stops
5 states traversed; Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio