Those miles: I drove them. It may have been closer to 1,700-1,800 actually, I didn’t keep track very well. I’m at my parents’ house in Texas for a couple weeks. It’s summer here. I might melt. In other news this week:
Ran all the errands. As one does before one leaves for a trip. And I didn’t forget anything while packing! ….Then I left my phone charger at my grandparents’ house.
Fit in a couple runs. 2.5 miles at home Tuesday. 4 miles on a trail near my grandparents’ house in Arkansas on Saturday. It’s a pretty trail but I forgot how much a person can sweat when it’s humid (the person is me).
Drove through 4 new states. I didn’t actually stop in one of them, but I think I was still there long enough to count as “states I’ve been to”. (But states where I’ve only been in the airport don’t count. Airports are neutral zones. I’m not the only one with these rules, right?)
First stop: South Dakota. I stopped at the Geographic Center of the Nation Monument in Belle Fourche. And then I learned that the monument is at the exact center, it’s just in the town closest to the center, which is about 20 miles away. So I can’t say I’ve actually been to the center of the nation.
Then I stopped in Badlands National Park. First thought – I can’t imagine camping here. There’s NO shade. Just rock formations and prairies for miles and miles. I actually managed to get a sunburn even though it was after 4:30 when I got there. And people used to live there!
Friday I finally got through South Dakota (driving west-east through Montana and South Dakota takes a long time…) and drove through my second new state, Iowa. I only stopped for coffee and gas – and maybe lunch – I’m sure there’s something interesting to see in Iowa but it wasn’t along the highway I was on.
For a break from Iowa, I crossed into Omaha so I could check Nebraska off my list. And to take a walk in a park.
After Iowa I headed through Missouri and actually had no plans to go through Kansas – but then I realized the road I was on would take me right through the middle of Kansas City (the Missouri side) during rush hour. So I tried an alternate route that went around K.C. on the Kansas side. It worked….kinda. After driving mostly empty highway for two days straight, even suburban traffic is stressful. This is the new state I didn’t stop in – but I looked at it for a couple hours, so it counts?
Got reacquainted with Texas driving…look, I learned to drive in Texas, and let’s just say that in other states I’m often in the vehicle constantly passing people on the highway. But in Texas you’d think I was that person who hangs out in the left lane while driving 10 under the speed limit. Seriously, Texans, slow the ***** down. YES YOU.
What “counts” as a visit to a new state (or country) for you?
What’s the longest road trip you’ve taken alone?