I let the kids play with the electronics the first part of the day because I knew that while Illinois and Indiana would be boring (sight-wise) Kentucky would be (as Corbin says) "the bomb-diggity." We have GraceAnne's Nintendo DS, my old iPhone loaded with kids' games and my new Nook. I am stingy, though, so they switch hit between the two electronics and the new Crayola dry erase thingy.
We finally needed gas around 550 miles into our trip, so we pulled over to get some at a gas station in Indiana. I may or may not have flipped out a little when I saw the price of gas (3.99/gallon) wondering if this would be the case for the rest of the trip. I pre-paid and the kids used the bathroom. When we walked back out, I noticed the car was leaking fluid in the front. Since we have been careful not to turn on the a/c much, It seemed out-of-place. As we got closer, I noticed the greenish tinge. I figured I should check the coolant and went to pop the hood. Except the pull is broken...and it's a newer (hahahahahaha...1996) vehicle, so I can't open it otherwise. I turned, buckled the kids back in and did what I normally do lately: walked away and ignored it...I can't do anything about it for now.
When the gas pump finally stopped and I went to get the change, the leaking had stopped too. I figured maybe the coolant was too full and when the heat of the engine made the liquid expand, it over-flowed. Either way, I've been keeping a close eye on the temperature gauge and even when we are working the car hard on the mountains, it stays below half, so I think we're good. Thank God, we don't need any car issues for this trip!!
We ended up averaging 15mpg, which considering the age of the vehicle and the weight of our cargo, it's alright. That was, however, all on flat land, so we'll see how crawling mountain roads affects that.
When we came to the border of Indiana/Kentucky, there was a long bridge. As we came across, we were met by the amazing sight that is Louisville.
|These pictures suck, but I was driving...It *really* is a beautiful city!|