10,054 miles: Day 55

This is a pretty good visual of my trip. Chicago was no different than anywhere else I have been in the country as far as rain goes. I probably should be doing a photo book about storm chasing since it seems that is what I have been doing this entire trip. While the rain has delayed me a few times, I'm not about to let it hold me down.

This is a pretty good visual of my trip. Chicago was no different than anywhere else I have been in the country as far as rain goes. I probably should be doing a photo book about storm chasing since it seems that is what I have been doing this entire trip. While the rain has delayed me a few times, I'm not about to let it hold me down.

Here is a shot of the diminishing floor in what once was the concession area of the Hilltop Drive-In located in Joliet, IL. Joliet was an interested adventure to say the least. I was suppose to photograph this drive-in my second day in Chicago but the model I had set up got sick so we pushed it back to allow time to find another model. I rescheduled for two days later with a new model and wouldn't you know it, 5 minutes before we were going to pack up the car the rain hit. We decided to reschedule for the following morning since the rain was so bad. So, Saturday morning hits. We all hop in the car. The sun is shinning. It looks like the stars are aligning to make this shoot happen. We drive 45 minutes and get to the drive-in and wouldn't you know it, there are five cop cars there arresting someone. It's looking a bit grim. We drive down the road and back and the cops are still there so we decide to go grab some lunch. When we come back, we are a little weary of going on the property at first and then we realize that the drive-in lot is now a parking lot for the soccer field that is located behind the theater lot. We start taking pictures and as luck would have it, some guy on a motorcycle pulls up to ask us for directions and we convince him to model for the shot too! I won't lie, I thought all was going to be lost at this drive-in but with a little patience, it turned into a great shoot.

Here is a shot of the diminishing floor in what once was the concession area of the Hilltop Drive-In located in Joliet, IL. Joliet was an interested adventure to say the least. I was suppose to photograph this drive-in my second day in Chicago but the model I had set up got sick so we pushed it back to allow time to find another model. I rescheduled for two days later with a new model and wouldn't you know it, 5 minutes before we were going to pack up the car the rain hit. We decided to reschedule for the following morning since the rain was so bad.

So, Saturday morning hits. We all hop in the car. The sun is shinning. It looks like the stars are aligning to make this shoot happen. We drive 45 minutes and get to the drive-in and wouldn't you know it, there are five cop cars there arresting someone. It's looking a bit grim. We drive down the road and back and the cops are still there so we decide to go grab some lunch. When we come back, we are a little weary of going on the property at first and then we realize that the drive-in lot is now a parking lot for the soccer field that is located behind the theater lot. We start taking pictures and as luck would have it, some guy on a motorcycle pulls up to ask us for directions and we convince him to model for the shot too! I won't lie, I thought all was going to be lost at this drive-in but with a little patience, it turned into a great shoot.

I went to Rockford, IL the following day to visit another drive-in theater. This one had a fence and was starting to look like I wasn't going to get much from it until I went behind the marquee that was covered in trees and looked up to see the letters holding on by a thread. 

I went to Rockford, IL the following day to visit another drive-in theater. This one had a fence and was starting to look like I wasn't going to get much from it until I went behind the marquee that was covered in trees and looked up to see the letters holding on by a thread. 

The rest of my time in Chicago was spent roller skating, exploring, and getting my best friend time in with April before I had to leave. One day while she was at work I decided to skate the waterfront. It was a beautiful view even though the pavement was crap for skating on. I saw the ferris wheel off in the distance and decided to skate there and be a tourist and take it for a ride. The view was incredible, and it was interesting learning that the ferris wheel was actual invented in Chicago.

The rest of my time in Chicago was spent roller skating, exploring, and getting my best friend time in with April before I had to leave. One day while she was at work I decided to skate the waterfront. It was a beautiful view even though the pavement was crap for skating on. I saw the ferris wheel off in the distance and decided to skate there and be a tourist and take it for a ride. The view was incredible, and it was interesting learning that the ferris wheel was actual invented in Chicago.

Of course I took Tramp the Adventure horse for some more sight seeing in Chicago.

Of course I took Tramp the Adventure horse for some more sight seeing in Chicago.

I also woke up one morning thinking it sounded like a helicopter was right outside my window...well it was. They were installing new air conditioning units in the building across the street and this was right outside of April's apartment.

I also woke up one morning thinking it sounded like a helicopter was right outside my window...well it was. They were installing new air conditioning units in the building across the street and this was right outside of April's apartment.

I made it to my hometown of Des Moines, IA last night. When I got here, everyone started asking me all the places I have been. As I started listing off all the states I had gone to, it dawned on me that I hadn't counted them yet. So here is a visual example of all the state I have hit so far. Iowa makes the 29th state that Wonda the Wonder Honda and I have been in over the last 55 days. I am so grateful to Honda for loaning me the new 2015 Fit for this trip. I have said it before, but I really can't imagine how this trip would have gone without it. I am really bummed that I have to give her back in just a few short weeks. (And as stated before, all opinions about the Fit are fully my own)

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