315 miles, 18.6 mpg, $55.40 gas, $2.20 tolls, $16 Lake Macbride State Park (Iowa). Got one of the last 3 free spots, after we drove past the “campground full” sign. On a weekend night, we’re lucky to just walk in and find a spot – which is why we rolled in at 2pm. Probably wouldn’t make this park a “destination”, but fine for an overnight.
Left this morning after a $4 pancake breakfast at the South Bend/Elkhart KOA. Nice campground. Very friendly Swiss couple runs the place. Mr. was a master Saab mechanic before he bought the KOA. Barking beagles plague Glenn – even camping. Bathrooms were small, and smelled like cat pee.
Going back a few days – Ohio has the NICEST rest stops. Your toll/tax dollars at work. Illinois – not so much, and tons of road construction. Iowa seems to have very few, and w/o anything but vending machines.
Nap time. Another long driving day tomorrow. Hopping up to smaller Route 20 (Oregon trail) for a more scenic, and slower route to Mt. Rushmore.