Before I get into my cross country trip, it is important to recognize that we no longer live in Samoa. I haven’t even logged into wordpress since we left in late 2012. I was shocked this morning to see that we still have over 150 views per day!
I drove from Pittsburgh PA to Taos NM because I am attending the Earthship Academy. If you do not know what this is simply take a look here. Leaving Pittsburgh was not terribly fun. I’d just gotten used to living with Karen again which made it difficult to say goodbye.
I said goodbye to the slopes of Pittsburgh and decided I needed to have some small goals to break up the trip.
One of which was taking pictures of anything and everything I found interesting. The first thing that caught my attention was this truck. (Schwan’s)
Not that it is spelled correctly but it certainly sounds like schwanz, which gave me a good laugh. Next on the list was state borders. Turns out West Virginia is poorer than I though and cannot afford a proper “Welcome to West Virginia” sign. All you get is a blue rest stop.
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri made a better showing.
Driving along I quickly because the smallest vehicle on the road. i wasn’t expecting this since I was in a Nissan xterra. It turns out that there are so many trucks in Illinois that they need trucks to carry trucks. I wonder if 4 is the limit.
Missouri was extremely unimaginative when they were naming their roads.
Nothing more to report on here, except that farm equipment is allowed on the interstate highway.
Kansas made no attempt at a sign or I didn’t see it. I noted 3 things about Kansas:
1. It is relatively flat, but has miles of rolling hills.
2. Random things burn on the side of the road in Kansas.
3. Cows like to hang around oil wells.
Kansas also tried to have a small tourist thing going on with regard to The Wizard of Oz. If you are in the driving zombie zone, it is easily missed. In my case I went by around 6:30 in the morning. Somehow I don’t think they are offering free wine tasting at that hour. I’ve heard though that it is a nice place to stop.
One of the advantages to driving a lumbering SUV is wind has little affect on the vehicle compared to a smart car. With that said it makes sense that I was unaware of how windy it was and why I was initially surprised to see a few wind turbines. Then I was like why aren’t there more?! Here is a YouTube clip of what I was seeing.
Then Kansas has strange possible highway closures. I haven’t looked up what they are about, but I could not work out any rhyme or reason in my head as to their purpose.
Colorado is proud of the Tuskegee Airmen and the Rockies were hidden by rain.
There was also this guy who REALLY wanted his motorcycle. Colorado is also 1 of only 5 states in the US to not require helmets when riding motorcycles. I wonder how this woman felt when we hit a small bit of hail a few miles after this picture was taken.
I’ve heard there are some crazy vibes/juju magic out here. Some people believe in it so strongly that they get scared and turn around in the face of the mountains. I thought this was a small one, but you can still see people loosing their minds and turning around in the middle of the road!