I just finished 23 hours of driving (1600 miles) across the Midwest countryside - to and from Wichita Kansas. I took the southern route (through Louisville) for the trip out and the northern route (through Indianapolis) on the way back. Amazingly the weather was hot (Kansas had the hottest day on record Tuesday) at almost 90 degrees but with the "2-80" airconditioning (two windows down at 80 miles per hour), I got to experience the smells of fall - the Combines clearing the fields and the smell of burning leaves.
This is the most visually appealing time of the year to drive the relatively flat terrain of Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Luckily San Franscico won the National League Championship (so tonights game is in San Fransicso) so the traffic through St. Louis was minimal.
It's good to visit Mom, Dad, Vana and Dayton but also great to be back home. This weekend will be a fun excursion to Keenland with the family. I hope my luck in horse picking will be better than this year's stock picks.