I'm going on a road trip with the Queenager in a couple of hours. I'll be driving from Chicago down to St. Louis (pronounced Lewis by the way) to stay with a friend overnight, before driving a couple of hours next morning to see a university campus. It's about three hundred miles all in, and driving is probably quicker (not to say cheaper) than flying these days, with the ridiculous check-in and security rules.
The amazing thing is that I will be on one highway the entire time. I leave my house, drive five minutes down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, get onto I-55 (Interstate 55) and don't get off until two streets away from my friend's house. I'm sure these roads were really built by the Romans.
The non-amazing thing is that a lot of this drive will be on flat terrain. We are in the mid-west of the country, also known as the Plains, so pretty much any driving you do out of Chicago is on very flat, boring terrain. Makes for some tedious driving, although I will be passing very close to the famous Normal, Illinois, which is actually a real place. It's name has French origins, don't you know.You can read about it here, if you want.
Anyway, should be an interesting trip. University life these days (especially over here) is a world away from my experience decades ago. I will report back.
In the mean time I'd like to leave you with some words of wisdom from the 7 year old:
7 y/o - (Reading a book about Apollo landings): "Why was this guy called "Buzz" Aldrin? That's a strange name?"
Me: (Opening mouth to explain about nicknames) - "It's because......"
7 y/o - "Oh, I've got it. It's because his spacesuit is the same as Buzz Light Year's".