(Note to mods: Not sure where road trip reports should go in the structure of the topics so I'm placing it here.)
In a last-possible-moment decision, I decided to attend the Fort-to-Port meet in Fort Wayne, Ind. last Saturday.
My route up from Kentucky was I-75 north, OH 309 west, US 30 west, I-469 north and I-69 north to my motel. My route back home was basically the same, except I took US 127 south and US 33 west to get back to I-75, and I took I-275's inner loop (west-south-east) around Cincinnati to avoid Bengals' game traffic downtown.
Does a traffic slowdown occur every afternoon on I-75 north in the Norwood Lateral-Paddock Road area? Last time I drove this route in the afternoon (to the Dayton meet last year) traffic was at a standstill in this area. This time it was bumper-to-bumper and slow, but not stopped.
Saw a few Clearview signs on I-75 north of Cincinnati and also in the Dayton area. I-75 is under construction practically all the way between I-275 and I-675.
OH 309, the old routing of US 30S, takes several twists and turns through Lima. I suspect this was not always the routing of 309 or 30S. One of the turns is not marked, causing me to miss it but I recovered quickly enough.
Oddly enough, most of the development in Lima is not near the interstate, but is on the west side of town. This was a major retail area with lots of stores.
It was getting dark when I got closer to the Indiana state line but I made it to Fort Wayne without any problems or deer encounters, unlike some other motorists as evidenced by the number of deer carcasses I saw all along the route, especially between I-64 and I-71 along I-75 in Kentucky.
Lots of corn and soybeans still standing in Ohio and Indiana, and harvesting was taking place in many fields even as darkness approached and fell.
The meet itself was very enjoyable, the weather was perfect for a mid-fall day. Our first stop to check out construction of a segment of US 24 was interrupted by an Indiana state trooper with a surly attitude. "Prick" is the word I'd use to describe him. His demeanor was in total contrast to the trooper we encountered at the Charleston, WV meet.
Got to see two "OH 127" goofs on a couple of the guide signs on eastbound US 24, which were duly photographed.
After the return trip to Ft. Wayne via a portion of gravel road with the wonderful aroma of manure wafting across the countryside to see the Spencerville covered bridge, we did some exploring of the city and then checked out a very old bridge that has been bypassed by a newer alignment of US 33 northwest of town.
After the meet broke up, I headed back and varied my route from the way up by taking US 127 from US 30 down to US 33, and then US 33 across to Wapakoneta. Saw some old button copy on US 33 just prior to I-75.
Overnighted in Dayton, made a stop at the Ikea store north of Cincinnati to pick up something for my wife, and opted to circle downtown to stay out of Bengals' game-day traffic. It only added 20 miles to my trip and probably was faster if traffic backs up for Bengals' games like it used to do for Reds' games. All the signage along I-275 from I-75 around to US 52 has been replaced; button copy remains only at the US 52 exits.
Saw more deer carnage southbound along I-75, especially in Grant and Scott counties. Progress is being made on the I-75 widening project. Crews were paving on Friday in the new southbound lanes and the work should be done in time for next fall's World Equestrian Games in Lexington.
I was on the fence about attending this meet up until noontime on Friday, which was my deadline to decide so I could make it without having to do too much driving in the dark. (I am very leery of deer this time of year). It ended up being an enjoyable time. This is likely my last meet of the year, I'm looking forward to more next year and am beginning to lean more and more toward having a multi-day "national" meet in Kentucky next May or June.