This was the day we woke up early and got excited because the night before we had decided that because we were making such good time on this trip, we could afford to get off the interstates and explore some 2-lane highways. This let us reacquaint ourselves with rural, middle America – where both of us spent most of our teen years – and avoid the traffic jammed cities of Indianapolis and Columbus. These two cities, in my personal experience, are ALWAYS busy with loads of construction. I very much liked the idea of avoiding them while having a chance to see a slower version of the Midwest.
The ninth day of our move was May 17, 2017 and we spent the day driving through Minnesota, Iowa and into Illinois.
This was the first day we really had to deal with any bad weather. Many years ago we had lived a short time in Iowa so we were familiar with the risk of tornadoes, especially during late spring / early summer. The clouds were ominous and there had indeed been tornadoes in different areas of the country associated with this storm, but we were fortunate and saw no real signs of the weather turning quite that bad for us. We managed to outrun the worst of it.