Originally, Days 5 and 6 were supposed to be spent in Memphis and traveling home. Sadly, having to temporarily abandon our car in Columbus meant we had to backtrack and pick the car up.
Here's where the saga gets a little interesting - the mechanics couldn't find anything wrong with the car. They tried to replicate it but no dice. They tried for several days. They refused to charge us and asked that we let them know we got home safe. Thusly, we decided to take it easy - what would normally be a one day trip, we decided to break it up in two days.
Day 5 was driving back from KY to OH. We made it back relatively early and decided to explore the German Village on recommendation. We didn't do much exploring of the entire village but thoroughly explored an independent bookseller: The Book Loft. We came away with far too many books, and a few more in the 'wish list' to buy in the future. We then headed to THE restaurant to eat at: Schmidt's Sausage Haus. Authentic German food and in-store made sausage. Holy cow, it was AMAZING. Mom and I smartly split the enormous Sausage Platter and split a rich slice of German chocolate cake. To top it all off, we had a fabulous waitress who was running around like a chicken with her head cut off but never actually acted like it. I asked for a large glass of water because I was thirsty - and I ended up with an ENORMOUS glass of water. I liked her sense of humor. We walked out of there stuffed and ready to be lazy for the rest of the evening.
The next day we went from Columbus to Indianapolis - but slowly at that. There were many stops along the way including visiting Graeter's Ice Cream (amazingly rich and delicious) and Gander Mountain (a R.E.I. type store).
Thankfully we decided to go no farther than Indy because when we got off the highway to head to our hotel, the dang car quit again. This time we'd sat at a light and made it through the left turn before it quit on us. Bad for us, we were in a slightly dodgy part of town. We waited about a half hour and after a few tries, the car started up again. We immediately headed for our hotel while avoiding highways - holding our breath most of the way because we didn't know when it would quit next.
We made it safely to the hotel and checked in for the night. It was this large conference center and was on a property with a large lake. On the way back from dinner (at the restaurant in the conference center vs the amazing Creole we were to have), I saw the lovely sunset and grabbed my camera to capture it:
My mom joined me and took a really awesome photo of me as well.
The final day was the slow trek from Indianapolis to St. Louis - we stopped about every hour or so and gave the car a rest. It didn't act up again and we're still not sure why, but the car has an appointment with our mechanic.
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