This past Monday Becky and I returned from a long weekend in Sturgis, Michigan, where our oldest daughter and her family live. It is a 637 mile car trip, and a relatively easy, or should I say E-Z, trip. 627 of the 637 miles are on turnpikes or a toll road. We leave Langhorne and drive five miles to get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. We stay on the PA Turnpike for 351 miles until it becomes the Ohio Turnpike. After 240 miles, the Ohio Turnpike becomes the Indiana Toll Road. 36 miles later you take the Sturgis, Michigan, exit, cross the state line, and five miles later you are at Katharine’s and Ryan’s house.
Ohio has the best service plazas; the gas is cheaper and half of them have a Panera Bread restaurant.
Like most people who live near the Turnpike, we have an E-ZPass transponder affixed to the windshield of our car. It makes getting on and off the turnpike or toll road a lot easier, though Ohio and Indiana insist on keeping those automatic gates that go up and down even in the E-ZPass lanes. Continue reading