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LEG 3: BOWLING GREEN TO PITTSBURGH 819 km

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When I got back on to I-65 north to begin the long journey home, I wasn't exactly sure of my plans for the remainder of the weekend or where I would stay.

It was approachin­g 3 p.m. (central time), so I thought it'd make sense to spend a second night in the U.S. somewhere – I just wasn't sure where. Initially, I thought about Columbus, which could be reached easily by nightfall (526 km northeast of Bowling Green), but then I thought about the re- turn trip home the next day and decided I wanted to be closer, so I decided to drive to Pittsburgh.

America's steel city is quite a bit further away, but it's only about five hours from home. A shorter drive on the back end proved to be the clincher, plus I'd never been to Pittsburgh, a city I've long been curious about.

I planned to stop for dinner, but the only filling up done in Cincinnati was for the Corvette. I wanted to hit the road, so I chose to put off eating until much, much later.

Rain followed me along most of the route, oscillatin­g between deluge and a fine mist as I made my way long I-65, I-71 and finally I-70 through eastern Ohio, the northern sliver of West Virginia and up through the southwest corner of Pennsylvan­ia.

The Corvette GS was an absolute miser (as much as a V8-powered sports car can be, of course) along the route, running in V4 mode for most of it and returning about 26 mpg ( just over 9 L/100 km). Impressive, to say the least.

At any rate, I finally arrived under a light mist in Pittsburgh just before midnight ET, and I was beyond hungry. Time to eat.

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