Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Day Two - Moline IL to Mitchell SD

Hello northern Iowa, southern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota!

Did you know there are rest areas and then there are “modern” rest areas in Iowa?

You want the modern ones, trust me.

BTW, there is still snow in northern Iowa!

And yes, Minnesota IS the land of 10,000 lakes.

Eastern South Dakota kind of went on and on after a long day’s drive.

What is that interesting formation in the distance?

Who knew that in the middle of nowhere we would find a sculpture park along I-90? The behemoth bull’s head and a humongous hammer from Porter Sculpture Park are now forever etched in my memory.

After about 500 miles of driving Tuesday, we were intrigued enough to stop and see the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.

After that bit of excitement we found a comfy place to rest. We hit the treadmill and elliptical to counteract some of the sedentary hours we had spent sitting in the rental car, and capped the day off with a restful soak in the hot tub. Ahhh!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Day One - Xenia OH to Moline IL

Before we locked the door, we promised Samoa (the cat) that Darren would be there soon. She was grateful because she's really a people cat even though she doesn't like to admit it.

We loaded up the rental car and began our journey west. Our first stop was Oxford OH where we dropped off the van for Kayla to use during our trip.

Once we left Oxford it was a short drive into Indiana. Soon after crossing into Indiana we witnessed the beauty of this very spacious land of ours. Historical sites like Whitewater Canal and the little town of Metamora Indiana.

During our 400+ mile day of driving we experienced lots of rolling farmland across Indiana and Illinois. We called it quits in Moline IL. Not quite as far as we had hoped for the first day but far enough.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

10 State Road Trip in May

Ten states in 12 days, that is our goal. Victoria and I will be driving from Ohio to Montana and back to Ohio in May. The primary purpose of the trip is for Victoria to attend a two-day class in residence at the University of Montana in Missoula as a part of her doctoral program. We will be bookending this academic visit with a scenic road trip that will allow me to hit 4 of the 8 remaining states on my list of 50. Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and North Dakota should be off the list within a few weeks. See the map below for our planned route.

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