I had noted that in Albany I could take a fairlydirect road to Erie. In Erie, I could take another road that had one of the few bridges across the Rock River. This was important: the only other bridges were on Interstate roads.
Luckily Albany Road was a ridge road. Sometimes it's the surrounding roads that appear straight on a map that are hillier, as they attempt to ignore the landform.
I again became surrounded by expansive farmland. I didn't need to worry about falling into the torrents of the Mississippi.
I noted interesting farmland architecture.