US 131 took us to Grand Rapids.
From Grand Rapids, we followed I-196 to I-94 near Benton Harbor.
In 1989, Sandy, the twins and I were traveling with our 1988 GoldWing/Hannigan Sidecar outfit towing a Fibco camper trailer. We were on our way to Moline, Illinois to get floorboards custom fit to the bike by Tom Mix (real name) of BMS Engineering. We had planned to stop for the night at a KOA in St Joseph, Michigan, but I got off the slab early and went through Benton Harbor. On the main street, all the buildings were vacant with the windows papered over. It reminded me of the final scene in the movie On The Beach. When we got to the KOA, I asked about it and the lady was horrified that we had come through there. It looks like the city may still be having some issues.
I-94 took us down the Lake Michigan Shore into Indiana and then became I-294/I-80 west.
Entering Illinois, we picked up an hour as we moved to Central Time. The GPS and phone knew it right away but the car took some prompting and I had to manually change my watch. I-80 became a toll road but the E-ZPass was honoured so we were able to skip the booths.
Just past Joliet, we turned south on I-55. There were signs suggesting and alternate route due to construction but it was Saturday so we charged ahead.
We fueled for the third time just before we stopped for the day. The mileage for the day averaged between 15 and 16 MPG (US) at 60 MPH. Not bad. We arrived at the Super 8 in Collinsville, Illinois just after 6:00 PM and got settled in.
I was having a lot of trouble today with fatigue, resulting in more stops than usual. Two nights of less than ideal sleep had caught up with me. Tonight, I need to rectify that. Also, we have been listening to The Heart Goes Last, and audio book of the Margaret Atwood (think Handmaid's Tale) novel. The Eureka Springs weather forecast for this week looks amazing.
We will arrive tomorrow. See some of you there.
Today's Route (585 Equinox/trailer miles):