Several things: First, it looks like I am out for the main portion of this event. I now have conflicts that weekend with two events at home I'm expected to be a part of. But since this threatens to stretch into the week before, I may be interested in some pre-weekend fooding. I'll stay tuned to this thread to see what pops up.
Second: As a former professional driver with dozens of St. Louis-Cincy and Cincy-St. Louis trips under my wheels, I can help CNW with his route. The quick way is I-270, I-70, I-465, I-74. If you catch Indy at rush hour, that could slow you down a bit, so keep that in mind. The south route, I-64 to I-71, has less traffic but is almost always 30 minutes longer than going through Indy. That was before the recent increase in Illinois speed limits, so your mileage may vary. Louisville's rush isn't as bad as Indy's but you should avoid that too if you can. Use US50 only if you want a scenic tour...huge time penalty on that route.
Great Roadfood stop on the north route: Nimerg's Steakhouse in Effingham IL. They have a diner side that is open 24hrs, and a more-formal restaurant that keeps shorter hours. Good food, good prices, nice people. Try the catfish.
Thirdly: icecreamchick: It's okay if you don't like chili...this trip is about Greek meat sauce. Michael will explain... ;)
Edit: I forgot another reason for the north route...Skyline in Batesville.
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