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By state review:
Illinois: our home state and start, boring and snowless (when we left). Got out ASAP, headed south to Columbia, MO to visit a friend of Ron's.
Missouri: More of the same except a stop at Chili's in Columbia to visit Ron's friend. She gave us cookies. Waitress had impressively southern accent.
Kansas: Drove through this in the middle of the night. Saw first (live) wildlife. A skunk. Drove past many closed gas stations.
Oklahoma: Almost more boring than Kansas. We just cut through the panhandle. Saw first tumbleweed on the road.
Texas: Higher speed limits (kept below for fuel efficiency). Actual road sign that said "Don't Mess with Texas".
New Mexico: Mind-numbing desert. Straight but not quite flat. Billboards obsessed with clean restrooms.
Arizona: Largely the same as NM except Flagstaff, where we saw Krishen in his native habitat. High altitude, beautiful city. Cold. Unbelievable number of stars thanks to a nearby observatory. First glances of actually interesting terrain/mountains. We visited the Grand Canyon on the way to Vegas from Flagstaff. Enoyed it immensely.
Nevada: Home of Vegas. It's a bit garish to say the least. Some excellent sights courtesy of our guide, Mike. Got to see , who was also in town to visit. Saw Mike's new school, but didn't get a chance to see his home. Slept in the car surrounded by trucks at a "Truck Parking", as Nevada apparently doesn't believe in actual rest stops with pavement and bathrooms.
Utah: First really cool mountains and such. Beautiful state to drive through, much less boring than any so far.
Colorado: About halfway across, really hit the mountains. No falling snow, but plenty on the ground. A bit white-knuckle. The car didn't have quite enough power at the altitude. When crossing Vail Pass at 10,600 ft it had trouble doing 45+ at reasonable RPM. Not that I wanted to. Many awesome views, tunnels, mountains. First wreck, someone spun out going too fast down the mountain. Saw Denver on the way out and drove through it a bit. Somehow still ended up in a rough part of town. Slept at a very nice but vaguely horse-scented rest stop with astonishingly clean facilities.
Nebraska: Almost as boring as Kansas.
Iowa: Windy. I-80 isn't a blast, and wind blew over a dozen semis and a few cars and trucks of the road. Had to slow down a lot to avoid the same fate.
Then we were back in IL, although by a completely different route. 3,500+ miles, a few hundred bucks in gas, and astonishingly few other expenses later. Seeing the country on the cheap.
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