In Illinois the number of churches grew smaller and the number of colleges and universities and schools grew larger. Road side rest stops had recycling bins, information, and on one occasion, a demonstration garden with native prarie plants. Like Steinbeck's Charley, Ella tried to pee on every new plant while I snapped a few shots (see below). I just wish it had signs with the names of the plants. Maybe later.
But more than anything we saw corn fields, and the first RV park we stayed in was a little clearing in the corner of one. It was early July and the drought was not yet as bad as it would become so the corn was green and tall.
From the southern Illinois cornfields, we moved to northern Illinois cornfields.
There are few RV parks close to Chicago, which was our goal. Those that are close, are either bloody expensive, or bloody awful. And sometimes both. We opted for one on little twin lakes is the sweet town of Sycamore, about 60 miles west of the city. Our trips into Chicago got pretty expensive with all the toll roads. Gas was nearly 40 cents cheaper in Sycamore than in Chicago.
Ella and I walked around the two lakes pretty much every day, and we always saw something different. The photo at left is from the Web, but it is a sampling of the the style and era of the town of Sycamore. Its parking meters were 5 cents, and a parking ticket was $1. There was classical music piped along the main street (Mozart, I think) as we walked, apparently something done by the city since the speakers are on light poles. It has some new subdivisions, but most of the town retains the heart and look of earlier years.