Flying High To Utah: Home Sweet Home

Rob Roy's Navy SEAL Art of War has been an inspiring book for me
Rob Roy’s Navy SEAL Art of War has been an inspiring book for me

In mid-July I had an unexpected opportunity to go to Utah for a website-related photo job with former Navy SEAL and author Rob Roy, who recently published the Navy SEAL Art of War (see my review).

Rob is also the owner of SOT-G (which stands for Special Operations Training Group) where he does Leadership Training sessions called “LUF Redux.”  My trip was to both experience and photograph one of these training sessions that SOT-G was carrying out for a client of theirs.

In the mountains of Utah
In the mountains of Utah

For me this was going to be a unique experience as I watched former Navy SEALS and other former military staff members work a group of business leaders through a rigorous and grueling leadership and team building experience.  At the same time, I was “going home” from where I had joined the LDS (Mormon) Church and graduated high school.  Though I lived in a number of places, I consider Utah to be my “home”.

AmericanAirI didn’t have a great deal of time to prep for the trip, but I was excited to go.  Those that know me also know that I prefer to drive the back roads of America cross country rather than fly.  But, there are times that flying is required and so, I did my usual photo retrospect of the trip.  To the adventurous kid in me, every trip is a new journey and this would be fun to look down form the skies over this great country and then get to the mountains.

Leaving on a jet plane from Louisville for Dallas.  Bulkhead seat!
Leaving on a jet plane from Louisville for Dallas. Bulkhead seat!

I left early Tuesday morning.  The early morning skies over Lexington were bright with an amazing and long lasting lightening storm.  In fact, my flight was originally supposed to leave very early from Cincinnati, but it was cancelled.  I had to leave instead from Louisville on a later flight, which through my entire schedule off.  But, we made it in plenty of time.  Before long, I was on my American Airlines flight heading for DFW Airport in Dallas and then on to Salt Lake City.

Best seat and best leg room...loved it.
Best seat and best leg room…loved it.

I was lucky to get a bulkhead seat…extra leg room, as can be seen in the photo on the left.  A few months ago I would have had to really SQUEEZE into this seat.  The bulkhead seats have those solid arms with the tables in the arms.  Very little flexibility.  This was still a tad tight, but I was not uncomfortable.  I had THE BEST legroom on the flight!!  It was great to stretch out and ENJOY THE RIDE, even though I didn’t have very good exposure to the windows.  But still got some views in.

The worst thing about flying is the TSA Security at the airports.  Seems like you have to practically undress…off with the shoes and the belts and the hats.  Laptops out, etc.  I really get tired of it…but, oh well.  I got my morning massage…..

Flying the friendly skies
Flying the friendly skies

The flight to DFW was uneventful. I got to see a few sights on the way.

The clouds always look different from above.  To me it is peaceful and relaxing to see the clouds floating by below us.  A few weeks ago I flew to San Francisco and saw the Rocky Mountains peaking above the clouds.  But, on this trip to DFW there were no mountains.  Just plenty of plains and farmland and some big winding river halfway there.

Riding the Skylink Monorail at DFW Airport
Riding the Skylink Monorail at DFW Airport

Dallas has a huge airport.  I had set my goals to WALK all of the terminal transfers, but, in Dallas you must take the Skylink monorail from Terminal A to Terminal B.  So, I took advantage of the “view.”

Honestly, there is not much to see, but it is always fun to see the planes taking off and landing.  I have always been amazed that this huge machines can push enough thrust to take off into the air and fly. We are truly blessed with wonderful technology all around us.

Flying over Dallas
Flying over Dallas

A few hours of nap and songs got me through the first leg into DFW Airport.  I had to use the restroom once and oh was THAT an experience.  These are made for 95 pound kids to use and NOT 400 pound adults.  Glad I slept most of the way.

DFW International Airport American Airlines Terminal
DFW International Airport American Airlines Terminal

I had a two hour layover in Dallas so there was no hurry.  I took my time, charged my phone and just chilled at my gate and watched people.  Always fun to watch people at airports and malls.

Soon we were

Welcome to Salt Lake City!
Welcome to Salt Lake City!

heading off for Salt Lake City.  I didn’t have the seat to stretch out on the second leg, but I was still fine with the flight.  Before long I was back in Salt Lake City…first time since 2007.  Fortunately, my schedule with SOT-G allowed me to coordinate things such that my best friend from high school, Jonathan Jensen (see more about him in this post), was able to pick me up at the airport and we could hang together…the same friend that picked me in April 1978 at the same airport on my return from my LDS Mission to Japan.

Draper Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Draper Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

It was nice to see Jonathan.  We headed south and stopped for a nice dinner (actually was more like breakfast, lunch and dinner for me…I typically don’t eat much when I fly…there are reasons….).  After we ate, Jonathan was kind enough to take me up to Sundance.  He first took me up to see the LDS Temple in Draper.  This beautiful building sits up on a hill and looks north to the Salt Lake Valley. It offered a lovely view of the city.  The temple itself is a lovely structure as well.

A scene from the Alpine Loop
A scene from the Alpine Loop

We then took a back road around the back side of the mountain that took us into Alpine, Utah, where my dear wife’s father Maurice Bateman grew up.  I didn’t even know there was a back road.  In any case, it was a lovely drive into the mountains. I really felt like I was home. We took the Alpine Loop which is a narrow winding road into the Uinta National Forest.  It begins at the mouth of American Fork Canyon on SR-92 at 5,000 feet and follows the canyon to its crest at 8,000 feet. From the summit, the road winds down toward Provo Canyon and US-189.

Mount Timpanogos
Mount Timpanogos as seen from the Alpine Loop

Soon the mountains of Provo Canyon, including the massive Mount Timpanogos, became visible.  Sundance Resort is nestled in the midst of all of this.  A spectacular view of the mountains…with some breathtaking vistas.  I was in heaven…at least it was almost heaven.

Mountains through the aspens.
Mountains through the aspens.
Another view of Mount Timpanogos
Another view of Mount Timpanogos
A vista from Sundance Resort
A vista from Sundance Resort
Spending time with friend Jonathan Jensen at Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon
Spending time with friend Jonathan Jensen at Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon

Once we got to Sundance, Jonathan and I hung out for a while in the midst of the beautiful mountains.  It was nice to spend time with this great friend who has meant so much to me and was really the guide at the crossroads of life for me back in high school in 1974.

Wooden hallway in Sundance Resort
Wooden hallway in Sundance Resort

Sundance Resort was built by Robert Redford.  In 1969, Redford bought the land and envisioned the careful growth of a community committed to the balance of art, nature and community. The buildings are rustic and fit the natural landscape perfectly.

The mountains tower above the cozy resort and offer splendor amidst the smell of fir trees, the rustling of aspen leaves in the wind and the gurgling of the small stream that flows alongside the buildings.  A perfect place to chill.

Chilling on the porch at Sundance
Chilling on the porch at Sundance

After Jonathan left me off, I had to wait a couple of hours while Rob and the SOT-G Cadre were doing some orientation for their clients.  I sat outside on the wooden porch and looked at out the mountains.  No music…I just sat and meditated and took it all in.  It was a short, but pleasant respite from the world that I rarely take in.  And after a long day of travel from Kentucky, it was nice to just sit back and enjoy nature in the beautiful mountains of Utah.

The SOT-G Base Camp in a meadow near Sundance resort
We were working in a meadow near Sundance resort
Groves of aspen surrounded the SOT-G base camp
Groves of aspen surrounded the SOT-G base camp

That evening, Rob Roy’s SOT-G Cadre walked their clients through a night hike.  I enjoyed the Base Camp, which was located a couple of miles into the mountains from Sundance. I watched as the skies darkened, the stars came out and the air cooled down into the 50s.  The air was filled with the freshness of the pine and fir trees and the wind rustled the leaves of the expansive aspen groves of the area. Though very tired from the day, I was still refreshed and energized by the mountain air.

Morning clouds over the mountains near Orem, Utah
Morning clouds over the mountains near Orem, Utah

We finally headed to our hotel in Orem and arrived about 1 AM.  I had been going for nearly 22 hours and was exhausted.  However, my sleep would be short-lived as we were to be up and at the base camp by 6:30 AM.  I was grateful for the 4 hours rest knowing that Wednesday (which was also my 36th anniversary) would be another long day.  I was welcomed by a beautiful sunrise and the glow of orange clouds above the mountains.

My role for Wednesday was to be the official photographer.  It would be a beautiful, but hot, mountain day in and around the meadow base camp.  Though tired, I was excited to get rolling and shooting.  I figured it would be interesting as I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I watched as the clients finished breakfast and were treated to morning calisthenics led by former Navy SEAL John MacLaren, whom I had met back in June when he came to Lexington for the Great American Fitness Challenge, along with Rob Roy. Turned out that he, like me, is originally from Utah and went to one of my high school’s rival schools.

Former Navy SEAL and Training Gurui John MacLaren leads morning exercises
Former Navy SEAL and Training Guru John MacLaren leads morning exercises

In 2011 John was listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness and in 2012 was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Trainers of All Time.   He has over 15 years as a certified fitness specialist. He holds certifications in CrossFit, sports and endurance training, resistance training, post-natal health and fitness, and physical therapy for special populations.     It was great to watch him in action and learn from him, even just through photographing.

Rob Roy briefs his clients on their activities for the day
Rob Roy briefs his clients on their activities for the day

Once they were done, Rob Roy briefed all of the group on the activities of the day.  They were ready to start their day.

Most of the 25-30 people in his client group were from all over the world and many were not in ultra-fit shape.  This would be a difficult and challenging day for many of them.

I was amazed to watch how Rob’s skilled Cadre of trainers was able to take this group and literally mold them into confident team players by the end of the day.  Many were pushed beyond their limits, yet Rob’s Cadre of specialists used the perfect mix of discipline and flexibility to help these people get beyond the mark and succeed.

The Motivation Log
The Motivation Log

One of the more interesting team building exercises was carrying the motivation log…a 200 pound log that would need to be carefully carried by all over a long distance.  They would do various other activities with it as well.  This too was led by John MacLaren.

Ultimately, the SOT-G Cadre carried out a number of other activities including some self-defense, reconnaissance and even some fun competitions.  Many of these folks had never done any of these kinds of activities but seemed to grab on with gusto despite the challenges.

After all of the activities were completed, I had logged over 5 miles of walking and taken nearly 1000 photos for SOT-G.  I did take the opportunity to also grab a few shots of the scenery along the way.  Here are a few of the shots.

Russian Thistle in the fields
Russian Thistle in the fields
Aspen groves and thistles
Aspen groves and thistles in the meadow
Morning sunrise in the aspens
Morning sunrise in the aspens
Mount Timpanogos as seen from Sundance Resort
Mount Timpanogos as seen from Sundance Resort
The mountains as seen from Base Camp in the morning sun
Mount Timpanogos as seen from Base Camp in the morning sun

Once all of the activities were completed, he group got to do one more fun event.  They returned to the Sundance Resort and were given helmets, they took the ski lift up and came back down via the zip line.  They all seemed to have a great time.  Once it was dark, they gathered around a fire pit and were given dog tags and challenge coins. One of the former Navy SEALS told the story of the history of the Challenge Coin. The Great American Rivalry Series, which I work with (part of BrainBox Intelligent Marketing) has been giving these out annually as well as part of their sponsorship with the Marines and the Army.  Its a great story and a great tradition.

The pleasant stream flowing by Sundance
The pleasant stream flowing by Sundance

While they were doing this, I was able to sit in the dark and listen to the sound of the gurgling creek.  Once again, it was a pleasant opportunity for my tired body to sit back and relax and enjoy.

It made for a nice finish to a wonderful and enriching day.  By about midnight we were on our way back to the hotel.

Hanging with high school friend Russ Graves
Hanging with high school friend Russ Graves

The next morning I was again afforded the opportunity to travel back to Salt Lake with a friend. I was picked up by another great high school friend, Russ Graves, who, like my friend Jonathan, had a great influence in my life. It was great to see him.  He picked me up early and we went to breakfast and then eventually to the Salt Lake Airport where he dropped me off.

Time for the long trip home to Kentucky.  Though I was dead tired after three grueling days of travel and photo work, I felt pleasantly refreshed.  Something about the mountain air, friends and a visit to my old stomping grounds.

Sleeping on the plane to Dallas
Sleeping on the plane to Dallas

I flew out of Salt Lake into Dallas and then on to Cincinnati.  My flight to Dallas was truly uneventful.  I fell asleep almost immediately with my music on and was only awakened when the plane hit the ground in Dallas.  Must’ve been tired!

Was actually nice to get a good rest.  But then, I was stuck in DFW airport for a long 3 1/2 hour layover.  Just hung around, charged my iPhone and watched people, checked email, etc.

OrangeCloudsFinally, I got on the last leg home to Cincinnati Airport.  I was lucky enough to get a double seat and have a nice window view of the ride home.  We flew into the sunset and my final view from daylight was of this massive cloud formation.  Notice the shadows behind it….indeed, shadows in the sky.  What a way to finish off a quick, but fabulous trip! (142)

Ten Really Obscure Quirky Places You May Have Never Heard Of

Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, Texas
Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, Texas

Over the years I have traveled tens of thousands of miles of back roads across the United States (only missing Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont…they will be hit soon!).  Through all of these travels I have seen the many “famous” unique and quirky tourist spots like Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX (the one with all the Cadillacs in the ground), the giant Paul Bunyan and Blue Ox in Bemidji, MN, the Enchanted Highway in ND or the competing Eiffel Towers in Paris, TX and Paris, TN.

Paul Bunyan and Babe in Bemidji, MN
Paul Bunyan and Babe in Bemidji, MN

Among the 100s of places I have been, there are a few that really stand out to me and I would consider as future MUST SEE spots for the adventurous travelers.  In no specific order, here are ten of my “Obscure Quirky Places” you should visit while you are out and about on your July road trips….  You can click on the links to see more details of these visits from my earlier blog posts.

1. Jurustic Park – Marshfield, WI (take a side trip to the Chain Saw Totem Poles and to the National Mustard Museum)

Clyde Wynia - the local Jurustic Park paleontologist
Clyde Wynia – the local Jurustic Park paleontologist

Former Wisconsin Attorney Clyde Wynia has created an amazing little “park” of amazing scrap metal sculptures, with 1000s of pieces from small spiders to giant dragons.

 

Giant 48 foot tall metal dragon at Jurustic Park
Giant 48 foot tall metal dragon at Jurustic Park

2.  Road Sign Art in Meadville, Pennsylvania

Stop sign flower in Meadville, PA
Stop sign flower in Meadville, PA

Signs & Flowers is a garden of 12 large flowers made of recycled road signs and landscaping at the PennDOT storage lot in Meadville. In the spring and summer of 2001, Allegheny College art students, under the direction of art professor Amara Geffen, designed and planted the “garden,” which has quickly become a popular attraction for local residents and tourists. In the summer of 2002 Geffen’s students continued the project by constructing a 200-foot sculptural fence Read Between the Signs on the PennDOT property along Hwy 322

Road Sign Flower Garden in Meadville, PA
Road Sign Flower Garden in Meadville, PA

3. Starship Enterprise and Museum – Vulcan, AB

Welcome to Vulcan in Klingon
Welcome to Vulcan in Klingon

In central Alberta is a small town called Vulcan.  Named by a surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1915, the town has become a center for Star Trek history with a museum and all sorts of fun stuff.  There is even a huge Starship Enterprise on the grounds. Truly a unique place to visit and think about going where no man has gone before. (You may also be interested in “The Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk” in Riverside, Iowa)

Star Trek Museum in Vulcan, Alberta
Star Trek Museum in Vulcan, Alberta
Starship Enterprise in Vulcan, Alberta
Starship Enterprise in Vulcan, Alberta

4. Billy Tripp’s Mindfield – Brownsville, TN

Mindfield Cemetery, Brownsville, Tennessee
Mindfield Cemetery, Brownsville, Tennessee

One man’s life dedication to his parents draws people from all around to see this unique and absolutely quirky massive structure made of steel pipes and steel pieces and a large painted water tower that says “Mindfield Cemetery.” This large piece of art work is the work of one Billy Tripp, who, in 1989 began creating this monument to his parents.

Billy Tripp's Mindfield in Brownsville, TN
Billy Tripp’s Mindfield in Brownsville, TN
Sumoflam at Tripp's Mindfield Cemetery in Brownsville, TN
Sumoflam at Tripp’s Mindfield Cemetery in Brownsville, TN

5. Pyramid in Nekoma, ND

The Pyramid Shaped MSR of the Mickelson facility
The Pyramid Shaped MSR of the Mickelson facility

Who would have known that the US Military built a huge Pyramid shaped building in the middle of northern North Dakota?  Well, its there in the tiny town of Nekoma.  Actually, the pyramid is part of a larger installation called the Stanley R. Mickelson Safeguard Complex (SRMSC).  This complex was the United States’ first operational ABM (anti-ballistic missile) defense system.

The Pyramid in Nekoma, ND
The Pyramid in Nekoma, ND
Sumoflam and Pyramid in Nekoma, ND
Sumoflam and Pyramid in Nekoma, ND

6. World’s Largest Pistachio – Alamogordo, NM

World's Largest Pistachio in Alamagordo, NM
World’s Largest Pistachio in Alamagordo, NM

In the day and age of humorous “Get Crackin’” commercials promoting the benefits of pistachios, it is fun to see the World’s Largest pistachio in the home of pistachios in Alamogordo, NM.

Travelers along U.S. 54 between Alamogordo and Tularosa have seen it since late 2013 at McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch.

Definitely worth a photo stop!!

 

Welcome to Metropolis, home of Superman
Welcome to Metropolis, home of Superman

7. Superman stuff everywhere – Metropolis, IL

Flying Superman Statue in Metropolis
Flying Superman Statue in Metropolis

We all know that Superman lived in Metropolis.  But, this Metropolis in Illinois looks nothing like the NYC style Metropolis of the movies.  Despite this, like Vulcan above, the town has taken on the persona and has Superman everywhere.  Even has the Daily Planet as the newspaper!

Giant Superman Mural with all of the Supermen
Giant Superman Mural with all of the Supermen
Giant Superman with not so giant Sumoflam
Giant Superman with not so giant Sumoflam

8. Hamtramck Disneyland – Detroit, MI

The creation of Ukranian born Dmytro Szylak, Hamtramck Disneyland still brings in vistors to Detroit
The creation of Ukranian born Dmytro Szylak, Hamtramck Disneyland still brings in vistors to Detroit

A little bit of magic is hidden in the backyard of a small two-story residence on Klinger Street in the Detroit area of Hamtramck. Known as “Hamtramck Disneyland”, the offbeat artistic vision of former homeowner Dmytro Szylak, who passed away on May 1, 2015. Szylak began to convert his backyard into an art yard after retiring from General Motors in 1992. 

A menagerie of oddball and offbeat things all over the roof, side of the house and the yard - Hamtramck Disneyland
A menagerie of oddball and offbeat things all over the roof, side of the house and the yard – Hamtramck Disneyland

The quirky nature of Szylak’s creations still causes some controversy, but many consider it a local tourist attraction.  I concur. I visited his place in 2008 and found his collection fascinating.

 

Hamtramck Disneyland in 2008 - Detroit
Hamtramck Disneyland in 2008 – Detroit

9. The Mushroom House – Cincinnati, OH

The Mushroom House in Hyde Park area of Cincinnati
The Mushroom House in Hyde Park area of Cincinnati

In my opinion, one of the quirkiest places in Cincinnati, the Mushroom House is located in the Hyde Park District at the corner of Erie Ave. and Tarpis Ave.  It was created by architect/artist Terry Brown (who died in a car accident in Texas in 2008).  As a professor of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati, Brown created the building with the help of university students from 1992 to 2006.

A view of Cincnnati's Mushroom House
A view of Cincinnati’s Mushroom House

The house was built using a variety of materials including wood, colored glass, shell, ceramics, and various metals.  Care was taken to craft these materials into irregular shapes like those found in nature.

Mushroom House back side
Mushroom House back side
Sumoflam at the Mushroom House in Cincinnati
Sumoflam at the Mushroom House in Cincinnati

10. Home of the Jackalope – Douglas, WY

Large Jackalope - Douglas, WY
Large Jackalope – Douglas, WY

Douglas, Wyoming  is the “Jackalope Capital of the World.”  Everywhere you look in town there is a  jackalope lurling somewhere.  There is even one up on a hill overlooking Interstate 25.

 

A cuddly Jackalope
A cuddly Jackalope

The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns. Ironically, the word “jackalope” is a mix of “jackrabbit” and “antelope”, although the jackrabbit is not a technically a rabbit, and the American antelope is not technically an antelope.

Jackalope Crossing
Jackalope Crossing
And a Sumoflamalope was also spotted in Douglas, WY
And a Sumoflamalope was also spotted in Douglas, WY

There are dozens of other obscure but fun quirky sites in the America’s.  Visit my blog or my favorite home of the roadside quirkies – Roadside America – to find more of these.  You’ll enhance your travel experience!! (477)

Missing the Open Highways: A Look Back at Some Back Roads of America

The start of US Route 2 heading west out of Ironwood, MI
The start of US Route 2 heading west out of Ironwood, MI

It is nearing the end of June 2015.  About a year ago at this time I was rolling down US Highway 61, better known as the Blues Highway, in Mississippi.  I was on my way to Galveston for a family reunion and then would make my way back home to Kentucky via Houston, Austin, Fort Worth and then thru Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois.  I love the freedom of the road and sitting home in Lexington, KY is not what I wish I were doing.  Following is a pictorial of what I am missing and longing for on this hot, humid Kentucky day.

These are photos of the highways…the well beaten, but sometimes less beaten paths of our spacious and beautiful expanse we call America.  I don’t even recall where some of these were taken, nor when, but they represent this wonderful country.  I will return to these long solitary highways again someday soon.  But, for now, I can only dream about them and look back….  Enjoy the Ride!

Algonquin National Park in Ontario, Canada
A mountain highway in Central Oregon
Bluegrass Parkway in Central Kentucky, near Bardstown
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Heading towards the Grand Tetons in Wyoming
South on I-15 into Idaho
South on I-15 into Idaho
I-15 South of Divide/Wisdom, MT
I-15 South of Divide/Wisdom, MT
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Snowy road in the Rocky Mountains of Montana
I-94 west of Bismarck, ND
I-94 west of Bismarck, ND
Stretch of highway 200 heading from Jordan to Mosby Rest Area
Stretch of Hwy 200 heading from Jordan to Mosby Rest Area in Montana
Harmons Lick Road - Crab Orchard, KY
Harmons Lick Road – Crab Orchard, KY
Approaching Wolverine Creek Wind Farm, near Iona, ID
Approaching Wolverine Creek Wind Farm, near Iona, ID
Snowy Scenes along highway 32
Snowy Scenes along highway 32 in Idaho
Back road to What Cheer, IA.... a six mile long dirt road
Back road to What Cheer, IA…. a six mile long dirt road
Scene from ND Hwy 22
Scene from ND Hwy 22
A typical Hi-Line scene
A typical Hi-Line scene on US Route 2 in northern Montana
The "Main Drag" in Havre. US Hwy 2 runs right through the middle of town.
The “Main Drag” in Havre. US Hwy 2 runs right through the middle of town.
Gravel Road - Yoleta Trail Rd. east of Craig, CO
Gravel Road – Yoleta Trail Rd. east of Craig, CO

Colorado Hwy 13I-80 near Green River, Wyoming

I-80 near Green River, Wyoming

US 30 east of Diamondville
US 30 east of Diamondville
US 30 heading east to Kemmerer, WY
US 30 heading east to Kemmerer, WY
US 30 east of Montpelier
US 30 east of Montpelier, ID
Grandview Canyon on US 93 - northern section of the Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway
Grandview Canyon on US 93 in Idaho – northern section of the Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway
US 20 heading to Idaho 75 and Carey, ID
US 20 heading to Idaho 75 and Carey, ID

DSC_8580Heading West towards Wyoming on I-90

Heading West towards Wyoming on I-90

Long gravel roadSD 63 going though prairie grasslands and badlands

SD 63 going though prairie grasslands and badlands in central South Dakota

Heading west on US 18 out of Winner, South Dakota
Heading west on US 18 out of Winner, South Dakota
The road goes on forever - US 18 in southern South Dakota
The road goes on forever – US 18 in southern South Dakota
A typical road in Oxford County
A typical road in Oxford County, Ontario
Bluegrass Parkway near Bardstown, Kentucky
Bluegrass Parkway near Bardstown, Kentucky
US Route 60 west of Mountain Home, Missouri
US Route 60 west of Mountain Home, Missouri
US 87/287 heading south into Amarillo, Texas
US 87/287 heading south into Amarillo, Texas
US 87/287 South near Masterson, Texas
US 87/287 South near Masterson, Texas
I-25 East towards Trinidad, Colorado
I-25 East towards Trinidad, Colorado
CO Hwy 69 south towards the Wet Mountains
CO Hwy 69 south towards the Wet Mountains in Colorado

Mt. Massive in ColoradoA road near Lexington KY with the shadows of the famed plank fences

A road near Lexington KY with the shadows of the famed plank fences

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas back road

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Land of the Lakes in southern Kentucky

Bridge over Mississippi River at Cairo, IL

Bridge over Mississippi River at Cairo, IL

Shaded hills on US Route 2 as the sun lowered in the sky east of Wolf Point, MT
Shaded hills on US Route 2 as the sun lowered in the sky east of Wolf Point, MT

Driving south of ND Hwy 3 heading towards Rugby, ND
Driving south of ND Hwy 3 heading towards Rugby, ND
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Enjoying the Ride on the Back Roads of America

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