Thus far the sights on our road trip have been nothing less than spectacular, but the trek through Indiana underwhelms - though to be fair, our view is limited to what we can see from Interstate Highway 65. With the clock ticking down on remaining vacation time, the priority now is getting home. But the congestion on I-65 and through Chicago on I-90 and I-94 is insane. Chicago is the largest megalopolis we've yet encountered, and it takes hours to bull our way through six lanes of full-to-bursting, bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Hours later we find ourselves in Madison, Wisconsin, a destination chosen at random that turns out to be the state capital. It's a gorgeous little city, with this capitol building at its centre, perfectly framed on all sides by the perfectly-maintained streets leading to it. The city is awash in both natural and engineered beauty, resting between two lakes, its neighbourhoods lovely, brimming with activity and vibrance. We rest easy this night.