October 15th, 2009
While driving through southern Illinois, some interesting places were visited. Amid all the farmland, we had a picnic-type meal at the Lincoln Trails State Park. Lots of colorful foliage, hiking trails, and an interesting lake (for leisurely boating and fishing?) were enjoyed in this park. The park was free to enter and seemed especially not-too-crowded, which added to our enjoyment. Also, I couldn't help but notice the State of Illinois appeared to be using its Recovery Act road funds for repairing bridges; such seems much more worthwhile than mere road resurfacing with three inches of asphalt.
Though on this trip only interstate 70 was utilized and it was in fairly good condition. However, on a previous trek east, the roads around Chicago were driven and they were not is such good condition. Overall, Illinois gets a grade of "B" for its roads, from what I know of them.