Day 11: More Indiana — Columbus to Indianapolis

The day started out a little grey but all that would change later.  On a rooftop in Seymour:


I’m pretty sure they only have these Huck’s gas stations in Indiana and Illinois.  Not an old sign but I still like the design and character:


This motel is all by its lonesome in Bedford on Route 50:


I saw a couple of these Art Deco Salvation Army Buildings.  This one in Bedford was the nicer of the two:


Today’s road snack.  Nothing all that coconut-y about these M&Ms.  Just a few little strands next to the chocolate inside.  I’d stick to Mounds if it’s coconut you crave:


We had the North Dunn Dog Park in Bloomington all to ourselves this morning.  The fencing looked good enough to contain Grem but I had my doubts about the tree-y area on the left.  I managed to keep her with me with lots of ballie retrieving and cheese.   The dirt path on the right leads down to that far right corner where there’s a river coming from a dam.  We had fun but my clothes were muddy within minutes.  I have long since given up caring what I look like on these trips.  With all these water stops, I’m usually covered with pawprints.


The parking cops in Terre Haute zip around on Segways.  Or at least this one did.   I’m sure glad they don’t use these in NYC.  They are too quick and heartless as it is.


I must give thanks to these guys for making my photos sing today:


I love the faux wooden edges of this sign in Terre Haute:


From Indianapolis — on Route 40 (as you might have guessed):


Although the bulbs are gone and I’m sure the neon doesn’t work, they at least keep the sign painted and pretty.  Also from Indianapolis:


As I was taking some photos downtown, I noticed this low budget art car.  A woman said that “Charlie” owned it and that he’s always sticking new stuff on the car.



I noticed at least three of these repurposed signs in Indianapolis.  The one for Dunkin Donuts was the nicest and it revolved.  One not shown was for a paycheck cashing place.  What did they advertise for originally?



At the end of the day, I noticed these sleep-related motel signs in Franklin:



Sleep was something that I was really needing last night.  Had to put off publishing both this blog and my Flickr photos til this morning.  Seems I get started a little later each night on these extra credit projects.  By the time I eat something “real”, answer email, get organized, crop & tweak some photos… it’s midnight and I’m overcome with exhaustion.  Sometimes it’ll just be easier to finish up in the morning.  Maybe I’ll take a night off soon just to sleep and recharge myself.

14 thoughts on “Day 11: More Indiana — Columbus to Indianapolis

  1. hi debra jane, i was in omaha for my grandma’s funeral and had to hold myself back from going around snapping pictures. just now caught up with your blog. thanks for writing so much about the doggies and the snacks. always enjoyable to follow your journies online. xoxo erika

    • Thanks — lots more signs to come. It’s not that I love signs more than buildings — it’s just that there’s more of them left. Most buildings from the same era have been demolished or otherwise ugly-fied so much as to make them virtually unshootable in my opinion.

  2. That lo-tech artcar looks more than a little like the poor man’s version of Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine from “Back to the Future”.

    • I like it better than many of the fancy art cars I’ve seen. I’ll have to look up the car you are referring to. I have only seen about five movies in the past 10 years — and that isn’t one of ’em.

    • Ha — I WISH it had been a police car! It was some kinda govt. car — city or state — don’t remember — but not a cop car. The cop cars have giant POLICE on the sides of them.

  3. I highly recommend you taking a night to get some rest, Debra Jane!! (I also think that parking cop should get OFF her Segway and walk a little bit, but that’s just me …)

    • I was think that about the parking cop myself — but I didn’t want to be the one to say it! I am thinking of a night off in a few days. Maybe at the halfway point? Maybe at the end of Illinois?

  4. The H&R Block and Dunkin’ Donuts signs are from the old Roselyn Bakery, a chain local to Indy that closed, eh, ten years ago or so amid some health code violation concerns. They had locations all over town, and many of the signs have been repurposed like these. Here’s an original:

    I went to college within spitting distance of the Woodridge Motel sign, which has been pretty well cared for in the intervening 25 years.

  5. The repurposed check cashing sign was a former Roselyn Bakery. There were several in the Indy area but went out of business several years ago. I have a night shot of one in my Flickr photstream.

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