I decided to ride US 40 through Indiana and into Ohio today. It's a four lane divided highway and has pretty good pavement. We can travel almost as fast as on the interstate and the only downside is an occaisional traffic light when you come to a town. Overall it's more relaxing driving than the interstate and you get to see some interesting things.
I stopped at another DDD for lunch. The Steer In is a 50-year-old diner with a drive in just outside of Indianapolis. I had the scratch-made Italian meatball sub featured on the "Soup and Sandwich" episode. It was good, but sloppy. The meatballs were soft like I like them. They have a map where people can put a pin from where they have come from. It had hundreds of pins stuck in it and more than I had expected from Delaware.
While passing through a small town called Knightsville, we passed an old car dealership that had a sign "Class of 57" over the door. Inside were restored 1957 cars. There were two Pontiac Star Chiefs (convertible and coupe), two Chevy Bel Aires (convertible and coupe), a Thunderbird, a Ford convertible, and a Nash Metropolitan. Unfortunately the place wasn't open and I couldn't find any information about the place on the internet.
We also added a few more roadside attractions. The "World's Largest Candle", a giant chair, and a giant bony fish. The chair was in Richmond, IN which looks like a great place to come back an visit on another trip. Wait for the "National Road Tour" in the near future.
Across the street from the giant chair, was a tiny restaurant billed as Richmond's oldest diner. According to the Indiana blog, it was opened by lifelong Richmond resident and Pearl Harbor survivor Paul Brittenham who passed away on Oct. 5, 2011 at 94. Brittenham opened Paulee Restaurant back in 1948 several years after returning home from the service. He worked at the diner until he was 89. His legacy lives on at the diner through one of his long time employees who took over operations after he retired. The diner has only 10 seats. Mr. Brittenham discouraged loitering so he could "turn over" the tables. He would often tell customers to “eat and get out!” His loyal patrons didn’t mind, and the combination of good food and fair prices kept them coming back. It is closed on Sunday so I didn't get a chance to try the food.
One last travel story before I end for the night. I plugged the address of the campground that I was planning to stay at tonight, Wolfies, into the GPS. I followed the directions from the GPS and the campground signs after we got off the interstate. I got a little worried when the road leading to the campground had a "Road Closed" sign at the corner, but we went down the street anyway. We drove about a mile and came to the road block about 100 yards from where I needed to turn. Fortunately, a car following Winnie stopped and told me I needed to turn around in the parking lot near the river and go back to the main road and follow the detour signs down the road. I finally found the road to the campground and it turned out to be narrow and pitch dark. I wasn't sure if I was going the right way, but finally there was Wolfies.