Trans-U.S. Road Trip

A transcontinental trip to visit friends and family

202100620-20211016

  Final Update: 20211018

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  Full moon highlighting cactus on Pusch Ridge in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, AZ
Sony A1: 1/400 sec, ISO 320, 400mm at f/5.6 (cropped)
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Background 

COVID has put a big cramp in our travel plans.  After a year of sitting on our asses and doing nothing (but house chores), we elected to head out.  Once both Kathleen and I got vaccinated, we made plans to roll in Thor (our 4x4 camper) east across the U.S. to visit friends and family.  Our penultimate objective is to visit Kathleen's mother in Long Island, NY, but return via a northern route near the Great Lakes and Canadian Border.  Like most trips east, our first stop was Tucson, AZ to visit family and then head east across southern Arizona into New Mexico, Texas and the central U.S.

Details

The link table below contains links to the photos and dialog for each of the days of the trip.  This table will be updated as the effort progresses.  A variety of cameras were used to document this trip including our Sony A1, Fuji XT-4. and Fuji X100V.


Links to Daily Adventures
Part Dates Adventure Locations
1
20210620-26
Tucson and the Chiracahua Range, AZ
2
20210626-29
City of Rocks and the Sacramento Mountains, NM
3
20210701-03
Eastern New Mexico to Central Texas
4
20210704-09
Texas to Southern Illinois
5
20210714
Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC
6
20120715-23
Virginia to Long Island, NY
7
20210723-0807
New York to Ohio
8
20210807
Guitars at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
9
20210808-19
Ohio to Minnesota
10
20210819-26
Northern Minnesota
11
20210827
November-33 Minuteman Missile Site and Garrison Dam, ND
12
20210829-0903
Garrison Dam to Ft. Union, ND
13
20210831-0904
Ft. Union to Cody, WY
14
20210907-10
Cody, WY to Radium, CO
15
20210910-12
Edwards, CO to Leadville, CO
16
20210913
Preliminary Mechanical Work in La Junta, CO
17
20210916
Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railroad
18
20210917-28 Colorado Springs to La Junta and Durango, CO
19
20210929-1008 La Junta, CO to Bear Ears, CO
20
20211009-10
Bear Ears, CO to Hite, UT
21
20211011
Hite, UT to Cottonwood Canyon, UT
22
20211012-16
Cottonwood Canyon, UT to San Diego, CA

 


Conclusions

Every time we come back from a cross-country trip, I am stunned by the size and diversity of America.  We passed through many climate and geographic zones, each with its own personality.  We met old friends and made new ones and had some great experiences.  Thor was finally able, after many tries, to get a new paint job and it looks great.  Thanks to Rob and Antonio for their efforts on our behalf.  We had a great time, but it is good to be home.

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