Archive for the ‘Road Trip’ Category
Welcoming back the West Coast, I made a New Years trip to Brian Head, Utah. There was a wonderful snow the day before I arrived, which dumped five foot of power in some areas! Being a snowboarder this is like finding a gold coin in your change. My snowboarding mentor happened join us that weekend, and of course we had to hike through the “BACKCOUNTRY GATE,” which made for the best boarding of all! I tried to take a bunch of pictures, and I hope you enjoy. It was a wonderful trip and it looks like I’m heading up again this weekend. Enjoy the gorgeous views!
I came across this Pre-Interstate map and wanted to share it. While on the Coast to Coast Road Trip I drove across the first section of the Eisenhower Interstate System. This really made me think how different it was driving in the fifties and sixties. This was a time when the roadside motel like Howard Johnson was a place to stop for the evening and hitting a drive-in might be on the nights agenda. I know my generation (Gen X) takes the interstates for granted, driving here or there in a moments notice. Though I love to hear the stories from my Mom how they would drive Route 20 from Cleveland to Boston, something that would be unheard of today.
As you know the road trip is over and all though I loved the X5RV in conceptual sense, it’s no fun to sleep in. I’m happy to be back sleeping in a real bed. This leads me to the tally section, as you remember I was driving from coast to coast on 1000 John Adams Presidential Dollars. You should have seen the look on some of the attendants when I would count out seventy or eighty of these to pay for gas. Over all I had good reception, was offered by people in line to buy some of the dollars, I told them the cashier would be happy to sell you a few or maybe all. Only one attendant had to ask his manager if they were real. Like I said it was an overall success. Using the coins can be burdensome in these large numbers, but to have a few in you pocket is really nice. I ended up with 88 coins to spare and pile of receipts. So here it is:
These four states came and went a lot faster than the our large western states. Due to road conditions I didn’t get to stop and shoot a pic of a few state lines. I did grab a good photo of the Ohio River at sunset.
Missouri was about as exciting as Kansas. Real flat and the only thing to look forward to was St Louis and the Gateway Arch. The only downer was that the route I was on only gave me a glance of the great monument built to honor the western expansion of the United States.