“00'00 // Here it is, 10:12 in the morning, and I've put, roughly, 18 miles of highway behind me at this point. I left at about 9:50 this morning, almost two full hours earlier than my plans originally called for. I had thought that I was going to leave at noon, but I got word last night that there will be adverse weather conditions in Chicago. The forecast at this point calls for freezing rain to put down a glaze of ice on the roads and then there's going to be anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow on top of that, creating what I lovingly call the ice rink effect. Since that's sure to snarl traffic and cause plenty of accidents, I thought it might be prudent for me to leave earlier than planned, and give myself some leeway just in case traffic is as bad as I'm expecting it to be.
01'00 // Like I said, I thought I was gonna leave at noon and I figured I would be home at 7 o'clock. Now I'm leaving at 10, and I am expected to be home at ... 7 o'clock. I don't think that I'll be able to repeat my six-hour drive that I had coming from Chicago to the farm. I was going a lot faster for a lot longer than I had originally planned, which lead to that rather impressive travel time. And, uh, given the road conditions in the Chicago area, even if I could repeat that performance, I don't think that I should.
01'36 // I'm currently on northbound 35E, and I'll be reaching 494 shortly. I'll take 494 over to I-94 and run that east into Wisconsin, and then I'll pick up I-90 East and run that the rest of the way into the Chicago area. And then it's a short trip up Illinois 53, and I'll be home.
02'03 // I'm going to get down to the business of driving. I'll be sure to post a notice when I actually get to the apartment. And... I hope everyone enjoyed their New Years, and I'm looking forward to 2004. I think we've got some good things on the horizon for us this year.