On Thursday we arrived at O’Hare Airport, which has just surpassed Atlanta in number of flights. It also holds the record for the most delays. If my experience is typical, you should add two hours to your posted arrival time. Our plane was parked on a U-turn runway for twenty minutes to wait for a gate. I suppose people in the area get used to delays. Just like the bumper to bumper traffic that moves haltingly along expressways.
Out of the city, Illinois is a lush, green state. Fields of corn have pond-like puddles where the ground is water-logged. From its appearance, I thought the corn crop was in for a banner year. However, I was told that despite the hearty growth of the stalks, too much rain usually produces a below average yield. It rained while we were there.
We traveled interstate highways west of Chicago where tolls are a way of life. We expected them. However, to our surprise, there are exit tolls that can be paid only with an I-pass. No cash accepted, no booth. We had to wonder how many travelers have been trapped with this maneuver. It’s obviously a no-win situation for a tourist. Unless you plunk down over $7.00 a day at the rental car agency for an I-pass, you have to figure out how to pay these tolls online, along with the handling fees.