(Fair Oaks, IN) - We got up early this morning and headed out an hour later for the other side of Chicago.
I had made an appointment with a doctor that was recommended at Saturday's family reunion of our daugher-in-law Laura. Google maps said we needed a little more than two hours to get there, but we gave ourselves three because of traffic. It turned out the traffic wasn't as bad as we thought it would be and we had time to stop at a Steak & Shake for brunch.
On the way there we took the Indiana East-West Toll Road and the Chicago Skyway (I-90), which was nothing but tolls, but at least there was very little traffic. On the way back we took I-94, which avoided the tolls but had much more traffic. We also had bridges both ways. I was driving today with Jim as the navigator (he's a LOT better with directions).
This bridge was on the way.
The purpose of our trip was to see a specialist about some knee problems I've been having. I've been having trouble walking long distances (more than a half mile or so), and my knees aren't working like they use to. I know I'm getting older, but I just knew there was something else wrong. It turns out one of the main problems I have is my shoes. I had bought walking shoes before going on the road, but they're worn out for one thing, and weren't the proper type of shoes for another. Walking/running shoes come in three types: Cushioned, stability, and motion control. I've been wearing shoes that are cushioned, when I need stability. He also worked with me on some movements and exercises to give my knees more support and help the muscles. Afterward we went to a store that the doctor recommended. I bought a pair of the right type of shoes. They feel great, and I can't wait to see if they help.
On the way home we stopped at Walmart and also stopped to look for a geocache near the park. We didn't find it, but will try again another time.
More "Chicago" time planned for tomorrow.