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Final road trip update

Wednesday, May 28th, 2003

I finally got those last two road-trip photo galleries online. Here’s the full library of photos that are online:


Day One:
Cities, deserts, and snow-capped mountains


Day Two:
From the mountains to the prairies


Day Three:
Wide open spaces


Day Four:
Visiting Notre Dame, then shuffling off to Buffalo

Here are the overall trip statistics, not including our detour to and from Notre Dame last Wednesday:

Sun., May 18: 690 miles, 9:11 driving time (avg. speed: 75.1 mph)
Mon., May 19: 711 miles, 9:02 driving time (avg. speed: 78.7 mph)
Tue., May 20: 734 miles, 10:55 driving time (avg. speed: 67.2 mph)
Wed., May 21: 436 miles, 6:53 driving time (avg. speed: 63.3 mph)
TOTAL: 2,571 miles, 36:25 driving time (avg. speed: 70.5 mph)

Our route took us through 12 states (California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York), and that wrong turn en route to Notre Dame gave us our lucky 13th state, Michigan.

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Nebraska craziness

Saturday, May 24th, 2003

Interstate 80 in Nebraska, which Becky and I were driving on just a few days ago, has been closed due to a bridge collapse. Tragically, one person was killed in the accident.

The timing is impeccable, of course, right during the Memorial Day weekend.

Crazy stuff.

UPDATE: Just checked my photo library, and no, I don’t have any pictures of the bridge in question. I also determined that I was driving when we passed through that area (which happened sometime around 2:00 PM Mountain Time on Monday).

Technical difficulties

Saturday, May 24th, 2003

I am now having some technical problems FTPing (i.e., uploading) my photos to the website, so there may be a bit of further delay. D’oh!

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Friday, May 23rd, 2003

Another busy/lazy day, so, no photo galleries till tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2003

Sorry for the blog silence. I’m a bit under the weather. Will post more tomorrow, probably.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2003


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Wednesday, May 21st, 2003


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Wednesday, May 21st, 2003


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Tuesday, May 20th, 2003

We’re still 1 or 2 hours out of South Bend, so I may not have time to post photos tonight. My apologies.

In other news, Clay Aiken rocks! Vote for him at 1-866-436-5782!

Post from cell phone

Tuesday, May 20th, 2003

We’re parked at a rest stop in Wyanet, Illinois, watching the “American Idol” finale on my portable TV. Go Clay!

Becky 49, Brendan 48

Tuesday, May 20th, 2003

We just entered Iowa, the 49th state Becky has been in. She now leads me, 49-48, in the state count. (I already went to Iowa, in 1992 with my parents.) I still need to visit Oklahoma and Alaska; Becky needs only Louisiana to have visited all 50 states.

Prairie view

Tuesday, May 20th, 2003

Wow! We had a great time at the Nebraska Audubon Society’s Spring Creek Tallgrass Prairie Park. The grass wasn’t exactly shoulder-high, but it was very pretty anyway, especially seeing it blowing in the wind. And the panoramic views were lovely.

Toby, in particular, had a fantastic time running through the grass.

Those thumbnail pics are just a preview. Stay tuned for more extremely cute photos later tonight, once we arrive at our hotel in South Bend!

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2003


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From the mountains to the prairies

Monday, May 19th, 2003

Yesterday‘s scenery ranged from deserts to forests to snow-capped mountains. Today, we saw a bunch more snow-capped mountains — and then descended to the vast prairies and farmlands of Nebraska (which, by the way, is state #48 for both Becky and me!).

The day’s whole gallery of 70 photos is online!

We ended up staying in Kearney, Nebraska, instead of going all the way to Grand Island, as I anticipated in my audio post. Still, we went 21 more miles in 9 fewer minutes today than we did yesterday. Ah, the joys of those virtually endless, virtually empty Wyoming and Nebraska highways. :)

At times, the road was so straight and empty that, while I was driving, I could safely afford to pet Toby, eat a sandwich, even take a few pictures:

We didn’t stop much, but we did make a brief visit to a scenic (if rather flat) rest stop along I-80 in Nebraska…

…although the stop did make Becky a wee bit cranky:

We also crossed the Continental Divide today:

Anyway, here is the day’s travel summary:

Distance driven: 711 miles
(Two-day total: 1,401 miles)
Time, including stops: 9 hours, 57 minutes
Time, not including stops: 9 hours, 2 minutes

Segments:
Park City, UT to Rawling, WY (Becky driving), 6:37 AM MDT – 9:59 AM MDT
Rawling, WY to North Platte, NE (Brendan driving), 10:25 AM MDT – 4:07 PM CDT (includes a six-minute rest stop)
North Platte, NE to Kearney, NE (Becky driving), 4:20 PM CDT – 5:34 PM CDT

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Monday, May 19th, 2003


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