Rolling Prairie. I stopped at a place to have a smoke, where I saw my first ever Firefly, since we don't have those in Sweden. We don't have Amish in Sweden neither, and further down the road, I saw my first of those too. Northern Indiana has a pretty large community of Amish (I found out). Actually, I never saw the Amish. Only a lot of moving christmas trees. I'm not sure if it's the law or not, or plain instinct of self-preservation, but their horse drawn wagons are heavily equipped with lights, most flashing. Stopped close to a crossing about 30 miles from Angola, and that was an eerie feeling. From both north and south came lots of Amish and turning towards the way I had came. You heard the horses as they came running, seeing the flashing lights. All the time. Friday night with the Amish, apparently. While I stood there, suddenly a police-car came at full speed, flashing lights and sirens, and a minute later, it was followed by an ambulance and a little later, a second ambulance. Made you wondering. Standing in basically nowhere, with that much going on. Went on to Angola. Since it was in the middle of the night, it was a touch late to contact my friend. Did some driving around, looking at the night-life of Angola. In a sense, very interesting. It felt "real". Quietly observing the people. Most in Pick-ups etc. Spent the night on the parking lot outside of Meier's 24-hrs supermarket. Reading the Premiere I'd picked up, smoked at times etc, and got an hour or two of sleep. Didn't intend to sleep, really, but.. well.. sat comfortably, and suddenly woke up with the Premiere in my lap. Usually, when you fall asleep, there's some notice of it.. but, there I must have just fallen asleep.
Saturday. Went to Napoleon, Ohio, after having spoken to my friend on phone. Now I didn't had planned before, to meet my "former" penpal. But.. had a penpal in Napoleon, Ann, for about 7 years, before we ran out of things to write about, and agreed to stop writing each other. Well. We still write each other, but basically only 2 or 3 letters/year, including X-mas cards etc. I did call her, but it became such a confusing phone-call, we didn't end up meeting. Whatever. Being that close to Napoleon, I couldn't miss going there, to have a look at the town I'd read about a lot, earlier. To get some kind of understanding of the place. Then I went back to Angola, and met my friend there. Now, she was working, so it was only a very brief meeting, but.. at least I got to meet her. See her and talk to her in real life, which is always nice.
Since I didn't had to spend that much time in neither Angola or Napoleon, I were able to start towards my next "target", Memphis, about a day earlier than I had planned. Now, it wasn't a detailed plan, but.. you always have to plan with things taking longer than they might do, in case they actually take as long, or longer, than you've planned. In that sense, it's always nice to be ahead of the schedule, especially in the beginning of the trip, in case something happens, or freeing up time to do extra things.
The drive went smooth. Mostly big highway. Stopped at some Rest Places, and in both Indiana and Illinois, they're really great. Stopped and bought some Dr. Pepper and a King Size Milky Way in Fishers outside of Indianapolis. Now, there's a bad thing about traveling. The one I paid was really, really cute, and I wouldn't have minded getting to know her, but.. it's hard when you spend like 30 mins the most, in Fishers, Indiana, in probably your whole life. Of course, if you meet the fairy princess of your life, you would quickly change your plans etc, but.. She wasn't exactly that. I sure hope she wasn't, at least. She was interesting enough to get "noticed", and remembered. Someone you'd like to find out more about, get to know, and see if she's that princess, once you know more about her. Well. I had my Dr. Pepper and Milky Bar, and went on. Stopping in Salem, Illinois, at a Super 8 to sleep.