Travel


16
May 10

Latest Visited States Map

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Well here’s my updated visited states map. I was sorta tempted to drive over to Pennsylvania the other day when I was fairly close to the border. But it would have added a couple hours to an already very long road trip. That’s okay though. I’ll get around to Pennsylvania and every other state eventually.

I’ve even going to revisit Texas and Colorado at some point. I’ve been to airports in those states, but that doesn’t exactly count.

But yeah, looking over the map it appears I’ve been to the West Coast, the East Coast, and the south, but I’ve not really been to any of the Great Plains states.  Maybe someday I’ll hop in my car and drive to North Dakota. From there I could head straight south and visit South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. Then I could swing up and visit Arkansas and Missouri before heading home. That would definitely be an interesting trip.


15
May 10

700 Mile Drive

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I drove about 700 miles today. Ohio has really nice rest stops. They have loads of vending machines. I love vending machines.

It’s fun being able to drive 75 in Indiana. I was even in front of a state trooper for a little while and didn’t get pulled over. Actually, when I moved over to the right lane so he could get by, he accelerated to about 80. I wonder if I would’ve gotten away with 80. heh.

Illinois smells funny. I saw Mennonites at a KFC there. I kinda wanted to say something like, “Hey are you Mennonites? The schoolbooks my parents gave me as a child were written by Mennonites!” I think they’d probably have just been surprised that someone actually knew they weren’t Amish. Heh.

So I’m kinda tired. Tomorrow I’ll update my visited states map and post it here. *yawn*


8
May 10

Another Visited State

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Well, I can add another visited state to my list. :)

Oh and just so nobody freaks out, this is a still from the video camera I had mounted on my windshield. I wasn’t taking pictures and driving at the same time. :P


27
Apr 10

Visited States Map

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It had been a while since I’d updated my visited states map, so yesterday I started working on a new one. It turned out pretty well. Photoshop Elements made the task fairly easy.

It’s one of my lifelong goals to visit every state. I imagine I could probably finish off the Continental United States in just a few road trips.


13
Feb 10

Day One of My Road Trip

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I drove over 500 miles today. Today was day one of my 1000 mile journey to see my special friend, Leah. I’d never gone on a road trip of this length before. In fact, the longest road trip I had previously taken was only three and a half hours.

I started my journey at 7:22am central time. It took me nearly 90 minutes to reach the state of Illinois. I made the mistake of wearing a hoodie and my coat, and as it turns out, my car heater works exceptionally well. By the time I reached Rockford, IL, I had to pull over just to take off my coat.

But my battle with in-car climate control was only just beginning. When I had my heater going for a while, my car would get much too warm. Then I would roll down my window just a crack to cool down the car. I actually turned on the air conditioning a couple times for a few minutes. Unfortunately, my feet would get cold. I discovered the nifty little setting in my car that lets me aim the heater at my feet. It was swell.

The roads in Illinois are terrible. They’re bumpy and full of cracks and potholes. You’d think they’d take better care of their roads – especially the Interstate. There was very little traffic though. My decision to go through Bloomington instead of Chicago was a very wise one.

Indiana was more fun. The speed limit was 70 mph for a big stretch of the trip. I actually set my cruise control at 76-77 much to my delight. The speed limit on the freeway is 65 in Wisconsin, so I never get to go faster than 72 at home.

I arrived at my hotel at approximately 5:00pm eastern time. Tomorrow I will be driving through Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and into South Carolina.

Things I Noticed Along the Way:

I drove past the world’s largest fireworks store. It struck me as somewhat odd that you can actually buy fireworks in February there. My brother-in-law would probably love that store.

There are loads of Cracker Barrel restaurants along the Interstate. I must’ve seen at least a dozen signs along the way, and quite possibly more than that. Funnily enough, my hotel is next to a Cracker Barrel. I almost ate there but instead opted for KFC which is right next to Cracker Barrel. Heh.

Illinois posts a minimum speed limit under the normal speed limit signs. I had never seen this before.

Illinois and Indiana both have a slower speed limit for semi-trucks. This is pretty cool as it generally makes them easier to pass.

The only area on my entire trip that had any congestion was the Interstate around Indianapolis. This struck me as odd because the Interstates in Wisconsin are usually jam-packed with cars.

In Indiana, you’re not allowed to stop, stand or park on the Interstate. They must’ve had problems with that before since they’ve posted a zillion signs informing drivers of this fact. They also seem quite obsessed with informing drivers that bridges may be icy. I guess Indiana is a safety conscious state.