The rest of the trip was a lot of fun, but I don't have the inclination to rehash it all right now. I'll just say that I had a great time, despite cold for which I was ill-prepared.
I decided to cut the trip a day short, and drove up to Chicago last night, instead of today. This decision proved to be wise beyond my ability to make decisions, as my trip was speedy and untroubled by the ravages of nature. I-74, I-65, I-80, and I-294 were as clear of traffic as I could ever hope for them to be. The real blessing though, is that I seem to have arrived in Chicago safely and easily, in the very nick of time.
The temperature was in the 50s when I left Cincinnati, and I have been told that such was the case in Chicago too. In the five hours it took to drive, the temperature dropped fifteen degrees, and the rain was steadily falling at O'Hare when I dropped off the car. As Brian and I walked inside from the car in Naperville, the rain was unpleasantly cold. When I woke up at about 10am I looked at the windows, and they were covered with frost and ice- on the inside.
It's currently 10 degrees outside, and everything within 100 miles of Chicago is covered with a layer of ice. My train leaves in two hours, and I couldn't be more pleased that Brian and Kathleen live literally right next to the Naperville station.
So, when the time comes, I'll gather my effects and amble on downstairs to catch the train to KC. See you there!