eau claire, wi to chicago, il

Though it was shorter, I’m not sure why the drive from Eau Claire to Chicago felt so long.  We found some Wisconsin cheese though, so that rocked.  Here’s a photostory of the day, because 1) they’re worth a thousand words, and 2) I would like to go to bed.  Sitting in a car all day is exhausting, you know.

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Saw a lot of this:

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Seriously?  I love Jesus and everything, but at a trucker stop?  Guess they need something to accompany all the hotel Bibles, right?

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Lindee [my aunt] got rather excited about toll booths.  I was in charge of preparing the money for them.  I had a bunch of $1 bills at one point, but I didn’t think to take a picture of them when I had six:

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LOOK!  IT’S CHICAGO!!!

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Goodness, Chicago. Why do you have so many cool restaurants?

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So, my aunt went through the turnstile for the train before I did, and hilarity ensued.  Because you know what?  The ticket printed when I was five cents short of putting the money in the machine.  And she was all “It’ll be fine.” and walks through the turnstile.  You know what?  Not fine.  So I got stuck on the other side and the machine was being stupid and not letting me put more money in, so I had to get the dude to help me.  And then I told him I was Canadian and their dimes and nickels were too similar because in Canada our dimes are way thinner than our nickels and therefore easier to find.  Then my card wouldn’t get me through even when the correct amount was on it so he just kind of gave up and let me through.  YAY FOR THE BLUE LINE M-TRAIN!

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This is Rona, one of my long-time Twitter friends who lives in Chicago!  How stellar is that?  We met for dinner tonight at MANA Food Bar.  It was super fun and awesome.  Thanks for dinner, Rona!

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Yes, I did stop to take a picture of this.  And waited when the electronic thingiemajig changed to another ad then back to Ellen.

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TEAM ROCKET TACO!! I have no idea what that is, but I don’t really care because it’s awesome.

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home to eau claire, wisconsin : day one on the road

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refuel

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drive.

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pass.

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dust and dirt.

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i enjoy this sign greatly. food is fuel for the body, fuel is food for the car. yay!

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crepe crazy in fargo, north dakota.  i want giant nutella!

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new shoes after an impromptu stop in albertville, mn

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mcdonalds in eau claire, wi for dinner.  i wish we sat here.

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showing Janeen that our hotel does indeed have a bible!