A Trip Across the USA
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Other Trips:

1996 Trip Across the USA
2011 Trip Across US & Canada
2012 Trip Across US & Canada
2013 Trip to Nova Scotia
2014 Trip Across US & Canada

April 20, 2004 - Packing & Rambling
April 24, 2004 - Packed
April 27, On the Road update 1
May 1, 2004 - An Internet Connection at Last!
May 2, 2004 - Twin Lakes
May 5, 2004 - The Tetons
May 8, 2004 - Yellowstone & More
May 11, 2004 - Craters of the Moon & Missoula
May 13, 2004 - More Missoula
May 16, 2004 - The Bison Range & Graduation
May 19, 2004 - Anacortes
May 21, 2004 - The San Juan Islands
May 25, 2004 - Olympic National Park, WA & Silver Falls State Park, OR
May 30. 2004 - Crater Lake, Burney Falls & Yosemite, Part 1
June 6, 2004 - Heading Home

April 13, 2004 - Introduction

It all started with our daughter Karin & her husband Brian receiving their Master's Degree from the University of Montana at Missoula this May. They will probably be moving to the Washington, DC area, so if we are going to use a visit to them as an excuse for driving across the country, now is the time!

Although my wife Carol & I have made a couple of trips to Missoula (see Karin & Brian's Wedding,) their graduation seems to be a perfect reason for another one! Of course, if you are going three quarters of the way across the country, you might as well add a few stops. Somehow, this has turned into a plan for a 10,500 mile cross country journey. Well, not really somehow, we kept adding stops at places we missed on previous trips, places we wanted to see again, and relatives & friends we wanted to visit!

Anyway, we hope to use this web site to keep anyone interested informed as to where we are & what is happening along the way.

We tend to travel on the "Red Roads," avoiding interstates as much as possible. The plan is to do about 260 miles per day which, on interstates is barely getting started, but on the back roads with lots of stops for scenery, etc. is a good pace.

We have already made trips (some photos are on this site at State and National Parks) across the country on US 2, US 20, and US 212, so this time we plan to follow the Ohio River for the Eastern part of the trip, then for the middle of the trip, "The Loneliest Road," US 50. Now I know - any map of the country is going to show that US 50 doesn't go to Missoula, or any part of Montana. Well, that is why this has turned into a 10K + mile trip!

Depending on the availability of internet connections along the way, we hope to add photos as we go.


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Last Update: December 28, 2013