I had not thought it would be necessary to stay more then one day for this work trip, but I had planned for it anyway. However, the day was cut short due to operating conditions. So, I was back on the road by 2:00pm (Michigan time). This would get me into Chicago traffic around 2:30pm (Chicago time). That's probably before rush begins, but still in the middle of the day where traffic is very heavy.
Prior to leaving, I checked on-line for some staking rinks in the area and found one that had a Tuesday session. It was in Kalamazoo, about 45 minutes from where I was working. The session wouldn't start for an other 4 and a half hours, but I thought maybe I'd look around the city for awhile. I was going to try and find a park or something to do some shooting, but I found a ton of traffic and a tangle of road. Instead, I found a coffee shop
close to University and spent the remainder of my wait sipping tea and tooling around the net.
I arrived at the skating rink
just as they opened. The rink had some kind of linoleum floor, which to my delight, was not slippery. It was just a little smaller then my rink in Watertown and didn't have air-conditioning. None the less, they did have a good number of skaters for a Tuesday night. I skated the entire 2 hour session and finished completely drenched with sweat. But, it was a good run and it was now 8:30pm.
One of the reasons I decided to go to Kalamazoo was because after the skating session, I would be right next to I-94. This would take us exactly where we needed to be, so the trip really wasn't out of the way. On the drive back, I started falling asleep (lesson: don't skate hard for 2 hours before you need to drive 4 more). I pulled over at a rest area and despite the start of a rather heavy thunderstorm, slept like a baby for about an hour. I hit Chicago around 11:00pm and I'm very glad I decided to wait. Traffic was still very heavy, but it was the construction that will really making things congested. Luckily, despite bumper to bumper conditions at times, traffic never dropped below 45 MPH.
Pictured is a candle in a globe at Shogun restaurant.