Indiana > Kentucky > Illinois
8th August – 26th August
Total approximate miles: 678 miles (1,091 kilometres)
Total fuel: US$68.
We were part of a tour group, which coached us from Fort Wayne to Bloomington to Dubois County to Spencer County to Louisville. We paid fuel from Louisville to Indianapolis to Chicago.
Phase two continues on our epic #motherofallroadtrips.
The second phase was a much shorter timeframe with a more condensed itinerary that included the first theme park in the US, the world’s largest children’s museum and even meeting Santa Claus.
Phase #2 – Midwest USA:
Fort Wayne, Indiana
8th– 11th August
Accommodation: Hilton Fort Wayne (check latest prices...)
After dropping off our rental car we spent the next few days discovering Fort Wayne’s children’s zoo, watched a theatre production (Mary Poppins), met the founder of Vera Bradley, explored ancestry, and scoped out the culinary scene before taking a coach to Bloomington.
11th – 14th August
Accommodation: Marriott Courtyard (check latest prices...)
We were in Bloomington for a travel conference so while I was busy with that, Josh and the kids took a few walks, played in the hotel pool and generally recuperated after our rapid tour of Fort Wayne.
Dubois County, Indiana
14th – 15th August
Accommodation: Hampton Inn (check prices in area...)
After the conference we were took part in a group tour to Dubois County. The tour collected us in Bloomington and drove us down to Dubois County where we climbed on trains, saw cornmeal being made and enjoyed some of the finest food in the mid-west.
Spencer County, Indiana
15th – 17th August
Accommodation: Santa Claus Hotel (check prices in area...)
Part of our tour included visiting Lincoln’s childhood home in Spencer County as well as a day at Holiday World, a giant theme park with America’s first launched wing rollercoaster.
17th – 21st August
Accommodation: Galt House (check latest prices...)
Not far from Spencer County is Louisville, which is where our group tour ended. We picked up another hire car and took up residence in Galt House for 4 nights to explore the home of the famous Kentucky Derby, Muhammad Ali, and the Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory.
It was time to say goodbye to Louisville and we drove our rental car from Louisville to Chicago.
During this drive we were passed through Indianapolis, which houses the world’s largest children’s museum. We could not resist the opportunity and spent the majority of our day running after our kids in this museum.
Finally we hit the road again and reached Chicago after dinner.
21st – 26th August
Accommodation: Friend’s house (check prices in area...)
Chicago was a big surprise (in a pleasant way). There was so much to do and we were on the go constantly. Red Sox baseball game, pizza tour, breakfast on top of the Willis Tower, stand-up comedy, Navy Pier, and more. 5 nights was nowhere near enough time.
On the 26th we spent the day relaxing and packing. After 2 months road tripping we were forced to surrender some of the items we had picked up so we could board our upcoming flight without extra weight charges.
That evening we flew out of Chicago, had a 1-hour stopover in Salt Lake City, Utah and then arrived very late in Portland, Oregon.
Phase 3 of our #motherofallroadtrips was about to dawn, which covered one of our favourite regions in the world – the Pacific Northwest.
Or head back to Phase 1 for Eastern Canada.