We decided to sleep in until 7 this morning as we had a "much shorter" day ahead of us.
Much shorter" in this case being about 1.5 hours less driving. Of course, a lot of that driving would be in areas east of the Mississippi - meaning decrepit roads with endless construction zones where nobody seems to actually fix anything but instead merely tears it apart more, and toll boths galore. Thus, we decided to get up only an hour later than we had the first morning.
Nothing like burning 2/3 of your margin before the opening bell.
'Course, we were already packed the first morning, and we had to re-pack everything today. That only took about a half hour, though.
And then we spent a half hour eating breakfast.
And, for some reason, today we had multiple potty emergencies (including one of my own - lunch at Denny's was maybe a bit greasy) and ended up stopping roughly once every hour.
Then since we weren't in a hurry, we went on a leisurely 20 minute bug hunt at our first stop. HannahC is collecting bugs for a 4H project.
And we played at a playground for half an hour at another stop.
The bridge over the Mississippi on I-80 is closed, so we had to detour.
All in all, we managed to arrive at our hotel in Maumee, OH, tonight about 2.5 hours later than we rolled in to our hotel yesterday. Quite a feat given how much shorter the trip was today.
At least I can keep an eye on my truck. You can go here, click the "Check you vehicle here" spot in the upper right, and then look for vehicle 26936. Oddly, I can't find a direct link for that as it appears to be a dynamically generated page. Doesn't look like they've done anything yet, but my status is now, "Vehicle is being dis-assembled." I suppose that's better than nothing.