Our Indiana Trip

According to Google Maps, we traveled 373 miles, and drove for 8 hours and 51 minutes during our week in Indiana while avoiding highways. Each state we visit, we will choose at least one point of interest from each of the following categories: Famous Person, Famous Food, Roadside Attraction, State Capitol & State Museum, National Park, Historic Location, Can't Miss Attraction, and Made in the USA Tour. Some of the categories may have more than one selection, and sometimes a category will be vacant due to the lack of a candidate. Please click on the links below for the corresponding blog related our experiences in Indiana over the past week.

Famous Person: Michael Jackson

Famous Food: Badinjan

Roadside Attraction: None

State Capitol/Museum: Indianapolis

National Park: George Rogers Clark National Historic Park

Historic Location: Rotary Jail

Can't miss attraction: Indiana Dunes National Park

Made in the USA tour: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

A breakdown of our expenses of the past week are as follows:

Gas $112.00


$ 2.08 gal. in Indianapolis, IN was the lowest price paid.

$ 2.20 gal. in Merrilville, IN was highest price paid.

Groceries: $28.00

Walmart $28.00


(The expenses in this category were low because we ate out a lot this week)

Dining out $99

Chinese Food $18 (unbudgeted and awful)

Roxana’s $36 (the best food we ever ate!)

The Lodge $21 (2 average veggie burgers)

Moe’s Grill $16 (unbudgeted, but it was Moe’s Monday, so we got a deal)

Food Truck $ 8 (unbudgeted)


(We ate out a lot this week because Lori was still recovering from her illness)

Entertainment: $54

Redbox $ 4 (budgeted)

Rotating Jail $10 (admission x2 budgeted)

Indianapolis Race Track $40 (admission x2 budgeted)

Comments: We continue to do great in this category

Lodging: $58

Red Roof Inn $58 (Budgeted 1 hotel stay every 6 weeks)


We did awesome in this category!

Miscellaneous: $6

Parking $6 (unbudgeted, but necessary to park at capitol)

Comments: This expense was unavoidable.

Indiana Expenses Grand Total: $357

(Our expense list does not include re-occurring expenses such as insurance and cellphone etc. )

Is Indiana Our New Home State?

Here are the rules:

Below are the 5 categories that are important to us in choosing our new home state. Each category is rated from 1 to 10 based on our personal experience in no particular order. 1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest for each category. Each category will receive 2 scores; 1 from Lori and 1 from Nate. The average of these two scores will determine the final score for each category. To determine a state’s final score, we will average the total score of each category. If a state’s final score is less than 8, then that state is eliminated from consideration. At the end of our year long cross country trip, the states that scored 8 or higher will be subject to further consideration. In addition, Lori and I each have 1 wild card option, which allows a state that otherwise would have been eliminated, to be considered as our new home state.


Nate: 10

“The southern part of the state had manufacturing, the center of the state had the capital region and agriculture, and the northern part of the state had tourism for a well-diversified economy”.

Lori: 8

“From entertainment, to farming to healthcare and industry, there appeared to be a wide variety of jobs available no matter what field you work in”.

Economy score: 9

Cost of Living:

Nate: 6

“I did not see many signs for houses or land for sale, suggesting people were not moving and could afford there lifestyle”

Lori: 8

“The cost of a gallon of gas seemed in line with what other Midwestern cities were charging”

Cost of living score: 7

Quality of life:

Nate: 5

“I saw the meanest cloud I have ever seen in Bloomfield, IN. The state and the entire Midwest is known for tornadoes and strong, severe and unpredictable storms”.

Lori: 5

“It was hotter than Connecticut summers during our visit, and very humid as well”

Quality of life score: 5


Nate: 8

“The state has a whole had solar panels, wind turbines, and electric cars, and bikes throughout its cities. I like sustainable living!”.

Lori: 7

“Indiana had something for everyone, but specifically Indianapolis parks, canal walks, and historic museums.

Culture Score: 7.5


Nate: 8

“Indiana had more roads per square mile than any other state, and they were all very well maintained”

Lori: 9

“Indiana clearly takes pride in the appearance and cleanliness of their cities, towns and parks”.

Environment Score 8.5

The verdict is in:

The final score for Indiana was 7.4. Although Indiana was our highest scoring state so far, it will NOT be our new home state. Neither Lori nor I opted to use our Wild Card Option on this state.

Below are the current standings:

Indiana 7.4

Virginia 6.6

Pennsylvania 6.5

West Virginia 6.0

Kentucky 4.9

Missouri 3.5

Illinois 1.9