A few days ago I completed my final (I hope) trip of the summer, driving from Nashville to Provo. It was an experience, to say the least, and I'd like to share some of the insight I gained as I travelled through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and finally, Utah.
In Kentucky, you can get a chicken biscuit and biscuits and gravy at McDonald's for breakfast.
In Illinois, there are very hefty fines and 14 yr. prison sentences for hitting road constuction workers.
St. Louis, Missouri is pretty cool, but the people at the McDonald's where we ate lunch were really, really scary.
Missouri takes a really long time to drive through.
Iowa was cool, but we were only there for less than an hour.
Every small town in Nebraska has a Super 8 Motel and a WalMart. We wanted to spend the night in Lincoln, but there was no place to turn around on the freeway, so we went on to Seward, Nebraska. Seward has a Super 8 and a WalMart.
Chayenne, Wyoming is almost as scary as the McDonald's in St. Louis. Come to think of it, Evanston, Wyoming was pretty dang scary, too...at least the truck stop we stopped at.
Don't plan a road trip thinking that everything will go smoothly. Everything went well for us until we made it to the Wyoming/Utah border, where traffic came to a screeching hault for two hours. We were so close to home, but weren't moving at all.
I'm thankful for Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi Max, and Dr. Pepper, without which I couldn't have survived the drive.
I'm also thankful for the many landmarks I saw as I crossed the plains:
The Museum of American Quilters' Society
The St. Louis Archway
The Mississippi River
The Missouri River
The Platte River (that we crossed at least 19 times)
Cabela's world headquarters
...and so many other things I can't even think of.
I love Middle America.
So, here's a quick recap of this summer's trips:
Salt Lake, to Dallas, to Miami, to San Pedro Sula, Tela, Copan, Tegucigalpa, Choluteca, Danli, and Tegucigalpa (again), Honduras, to Miami, to Nashville, to Chicago, to Salt Lake.
Salt Lake, to San Diego, to Placentia, to Salt Lake.
Salt Lake, to Placentia, to San Diego, to Salt Lake.
Salt Lake, to Pheonix, to Nashville, to Kentucky, to Illinois, to Missouri, to Iowa, to Nebraska, to Wyoming, to Salt Lake, to Provo.
You figure out the milage...
I guess I'm ready for school to start again.