I am in Marion, Illinois, where I will be spending the night. I woke early this morning and, after saying goodbye to my mother, hit the road. It was a quiet nine-hour drive, but I am exhausted. I woke up with a scratchy throat, not sure if it is an incipient cold or just allergies from some seasonal pollen. At any rate, I have showered and plan to go to bed early. I should be back home in Madison midday or early afternoon, depending on how much some predicted thunderstorms slow me down.
Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!