[6/50] Indiana

I know the first thing that pops into most people’s heads when they think of Indiana is car racing. But as I continue my goal of taking representative photos of all 50 states, I realize that I can’t take photos of every iconic thing in every state. Plus I’d rather stab myself in the eyeball with a corn-dog stick than go to a NASCAR (or NASCAR type, I’m not really sure) race. So no photos of the Indy-500 from me.

Typical Indiana Road
Typical Indiana Road

What I know about Indiana, and the first thing that pops into my head when I think of it, is terrible roads. And I do mean terrible, not like a pothole here and there, I’m talking every single highway, byway, side street, and alleyway was just a horrendous mess. Les and I have driven across Indiana twice, once on the way to New York and once moving back from New York. On the way there we were on the toll road, which is absolutely ridiculous, no one should have to pay for the privilege of driving on that piece of crap. On the way back we were, of course, on Hwy. 20, which runs parallel to the toll road for the most part, and wasn’t any better, but at least we didn’t have to pay to drive on it.

Les's reaction to Indiana's roads after our first trip across the state.
Les’s reaction to Indiana’s roads after our first trip across the state.
A service plaza on the Indiana tollroad where we got gas in 2010 on our way to New York.
A service plaza on the Indiana tollroad where we got gas in 2010 on our way to New York. The rain didn’t make the terrible roads any better.

The other thing that I think of when I think of Indiana is parks, that is of course entirely the fault of the TV show Parks and Recreation, which is one of the few current shows that I actually like. So I also took a photo of Forsythe Park in Hammond, Indiana, it reminded me of Pawnee.

Forsythe Park in Hammond Indiana, we stopped and ate here before we took on the terrifying experience that was U.S. 20 through Chicago. It reminded me of something you might see in Pawnee.
Forsythe Park in Hammond Indiana, we stopped and ate here before we took on the terrifying experience that was U.S. 20 through Chicago. It seemed like something you might see in Pawnee.

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