LEG 2: CINCINNATI TO BOWLING GREEN 354 km
I checked out of the Westin Cincinnati just after 9 a.m. on Saturday Morning bound for Bowling Green, which is 354 km (220 miles) to the southwest.
To my disappointment, the rain didn't disappear overnight, and was with me for most of the three and half-hour journey to Bowling Green. The rain wasn't constant – it stopped and started, and at times was little more than a fine mist, but it required me to keep the wipers on for most of the journey.
You might be wondering about my impressions of the car, given I'd put almost 1,000 kilometres on it by the time I left Cincinnati. The short answer is the Corvette Grand Sport made a favourable impression throughout my time with it.
Cruising along in seventh gear on the Interstate, as I did for much of this trip, the Corvette GS just hummed along with a tolerable amount of noise and cabin comfort. It's a sports car, so the quality of the road surface – which varied widely from state to state – is a big determining factor for each.
On smooth roads in comfort mode (the drive mode I used for most of the trip), with the 6.2L V8 in cylinder-deactivated V4 mode, cabin noise was kept to a pretty dull roar and the ride, while still stiff and jittery, didn't have me looking for the nearest chiropractor office.