Corvette Road Trip
Traveling America's Roads in America's Sports Car

Maryland to Alaska and Back in a 1994 ZR-1
Part 2
Ready for the load out:
We loaded up and got underway on Tuesday the 24th of July. We headed north to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and then worked our way to I-80.

We crossed Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.
We went to downtown Chicago and got a break in the traffic to get a picture with the Picasso Sculpture in Daley Plaza:
Our first day's journey ended in northern Illinois. As we settled in to the hotel that evening, it finally sank in that we were really on the way to Alaska!

On Wednesday, we drove across Wisconsin and Minnesota on our way to Fargo, North Dakota.

We visited Alexandria, Minnesota to see the Rune Stone Museum. Locals claim that the Rune Stone proves that Vikings visited and explored the interior of North America in 1392. We posed with a statue of a Viking:
As we headed north to Fargo, we encountered some heavy weather:

Then we got the reward:
We had covered over 1300 miles already. The car was running fine and even with a construction delay for about 30 minutes on a 92 degree afternoon, the coolant temperature stayed below 200 degrees. As a part of trip preparation, I replaced the thermostat and lifted up the radiator shroud and cleaned out the debris from the radiator with an air hose and a vacuum cleaner.

On Thursday, we traveled from Fargo, ND to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was 650 miles of flat land and heavy agriculture.

In addition to farming, northern North Dakota and southern Saskatchewan produce a lot of oil. There are thousands of pumps in production:
Here is a medium-sized, grain elevator operation to load the crops on to train cars. There are thousands of these through out the area we traveled:
Lyndi was able to snap this photo of me waiting in line at the international border into Canada before she was directed to stop taking pictures: