Many Cyburbians have a love of geography, love to tell about and describe places they have been, travel often, and certainly brag about their own "neck of the woods". With all of that in mind, let's take a fantasy trip....dubbed The Cyburbian Armchair Road Trip. Here's how it works.....
Imagine that we are all crammed into a single vehicle. Because this Bear is starting this trip, it will begin in Swanton, OH.
Each thread participant will begin at the location where the previous poster left off. You can cover as much ground as you care to. Provide routings, scenic sites, places you might have enjoyed (and tell us why ).....you can even be a civic booster for your own area. Let's make this road trip fun and informative.
Oh.....be honest, too. If your routing takes us through a less-than-picturesque place, tell us about it, and why. Rants about signs, big boxes, ugly 'burbs.....all permitted.
Now.....everybody grab a seat. Remember, we are all bozos on this bus.
Starting Point - Swanton, OH
This trip begins at Hub's Bar, facing the railroad tracks, in Swanton, OH. Primarily a bedroom suburb of Toledo, the village is the home of a famous Bear.
We will jump on the Ohio Turnpike and head west.
Northwestern Ohio is quite flat, except for the broad river valleys. As we motor west we notice quite a few groups of deer, always grazing on the stubble in the cornfields and beanfields that line the pike. Woodlots provide plenty of windbreaks, protecting some of the best soil in the world.
We pay the toll at the west end of the Ohio Turnpike, motor a few miles farther west, and go through the toll booths of the Indiana Toll Road. Northern Indiana is more rolling than northwestern Ohio.....and the routing takes us past a number of scenic lakes.
About halfway through Indiana is an exit that could get you to Granger, IN. There is a popular nudist resort located in Granger. (Been there. )
South Bend is interesting. The city has a strong urban feel.....kind of a surprise to me on my first visit. I expected more of a college town feel, because of Notre Dame. West of South Bend is an area that is always blasted by lake-effect snow.
Map lovers should know that the Indiana Toll Road and I-94 run nearly parallel to each other for about 30 miles in northwestern Indiana. Both roads are testaments to the industrial might of the Great Lakes region......big rigs dominate.
I will end the "armchair" adventure in the Michigan City area. Time for another Cyburbian to start driving.
Ending Point - Michigan City, IN
Anybody want to drive? My eyes are tired.