AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – Reflections #atozchallenge

In early 2020 I traveled across the country with  the course of three weeks.  My A to Z posts this year will have the “8154” theme, which will also be the title of my forthcoming new book that will document the epic road trip.  Each of my entries highlighted a few stories with photos based on the alphabet and not the order of the trip.  If you missed any of the posts, check out my page with all of the links HERE.  I will reflect back on this past month’s posts.  Enjoy the Read! Enjoy the Ride! (all photography by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz)

What a Whirlwind!

CA 198 in Sequoia National Park

Throughout the month of April I participated in the A to Z Challenge.  It was my fourth straight year, but this one was really my most interesting yet.  Beginning in March the Coronavirus hit the world.  I am amazed how a microscopic thing could have such a massive impact on the world.  The world was shut down effectively, but the internet and the opportunity to post content was not.

Patrick Amiot – “Crow Bar” in Sebastapol, CA

It has been a whirlwind.  What made it more so was knowing (in hindsight) that while the coronavirus was hitting the U.S. in Washington and California back in January and February while I was traveling out there with my daughter and her three children.  Many of the places we visited, including massive National Parks like the Grand Canyon, were eventually closed.  In fact, as of this writing, many are still closed.  Restaurants, hotels and other businesses are closed all over the country.  Interstate travel bans are in effect across most states.  As of this writing on May 5, 2020, nearly 70,000 Americans have died of this virus since mid-February…while we were still traveling!!

I am both amazed and grateful that we are all home and safe. And brought back a boat load of memories.

ENJOYING THE RIDE

Interstate 90 at the Montana / Idaho border in late January 2020

I really like to share my travels with the world and the A to Z Challenge provides a great platform to share these with many people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Family at the Grand Canyon

Over the course of the past month I posted my 26 posts and included over 300 photos and dozens of unique stories of the places we saw on our epic road trip.  Thus far I have had over 20 comments from readers and well over 200 views of the posts.  I am thrilled for the visits and the experience.

What did you miss?

If you haven’t visited any of my posts, I shared a link to a page that has all of the links at the top of this post.  Please visit it and click on any of the links.  In the mean time, what did you miss?

Montana Highway 1 near Opportunity, Montana
  • A road trip of 8154 miles across 20 states in 21 days
  • Lovely photos of wildlife like eagles, bison, prairie dogs, seagulls and more
  • Amazing scenery from all kinds of geography including mountains, deserts, oceans and massive forests
  • Visits to over a dozen National Parks and Monuments
  • Stories and photos of many unique and quirky road side attractions
  • Visits, photos and stories about towns with unique names
  • A few fun and unique places to eat
  • An opportunity to learn about a different perspective on the amazing diversity of these United States
Pacific Coast as seen from Long Beach, Washington
welcome to Happy, Texas
Bald Eagle, taken on US Highway 2 near Davenport, WA
Big guy at Rainbow Rock Shop in Holbrook, AZ
Mount Rushmore as seen from a tunnel on Iron Mountain Road. The tunnel was built intentionally to frame the monument
Joshua Trees near Baker, CA
Martian Soda anyone?
Sandhill Cranes in West Texas
Paul Bunyan in Klamath, California
San Francisco CA
Uranus Fudge Factory, St Robert, Missouri
Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska
Caddo Lake bayou near Uncertain, Texas

WATCH FOR MY NEW BOOK “8154” — COMING SOON TO AMAZON

I am currently working on my FOURTH book, titled “8154” to represent the mileage of my epic road trip with family.  You can visit my Amazon Author Page to see my other books at https://amzn.to/3azY36l

 

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AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – The X Stories #atozchallenge

In early 2020 I traveled across the country with  the course of three weeks.  My A to Z posts this year will have the “8154” theme, which will also be the title of my forthcoming new book that will document the epic road trip.  Each entry will highlight a few stories with photos based on the alphabet and not the order of the trip.  I hope you will enjoy this bouncy ride across the back roads of America.  Please enjoy the X Stories. (all photography by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz)

Traveling the X-Roads (Crossroads) of America – Part One

Throughout the course of our 8154 Road Trip, there was not anything with an X in it.  So, I thought I would take readers on a Virtual Road Trip along the highways of America as seen from our eyes. Part One will take you from Kentucky to Idaho. Part Two, which will be included in my Y Stories tomorrow, will hit the remainder of our trip.  So, travel along with us and check out the scenery from our 23 day trip from Kentucky to Washington, down the Pacific Coast and east through the southwest and Texas. Enjoy the Ride!

Kentucky Highways

KY Hwy 56 near Morganfield, Kentucky
KY Hwy 56 near Sturgis, Kentucky
Getting ready to cross over the Ohio River into Illinois on KY Hwy 56 near Sturgis, KY

Illinois Highways

Illinois Hwy 13 near Equality, IL
Downtown Equality, Illinois
Illinois Highway 34 near Harrisburg, Illinois
Downtown Murphysboro, Illinois
Illinois Highway 149 near Murphysboro IL
Illinois Highway 3 near Jacob, Illinois
Crossing over the Illinois River on the Chester Bridge into Missouri from Chester, Illinois on Illinois Hwy 51

Missouri Highways

Missouri Hwy 51 near Perryville, MO
Missouri Highway H near Perryville, MO
Missouri Hwy EE near Dittmer, MO
Missouri Sunset near Dittmer, Missouri
Sunrise on Route 66 in St Robert, Missouri
Missouri Route 66 near Devils Elbow, Missouri
Missouri Highway 5 near Lebanon, Missouri
Missouri Highway 7 near Camdenton, Missouri
Missouri Highway 7 near Camdenton, Missouri
Missouri Highway 7 near Edwards, Missouri
Missouri Highway 7 near Edwards, Missouri
US Route 65 near Warsaw, Missouri
Missouri Hwy 7 near Clinton, Missouri

Iowa Highways

Downtown Hamburg, Iowa
Sunset in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Interstate 29
Sunset as seen on Interstate 29 in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Nebraska Highways

Interstate 29 Crossing into Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska
Interstate 80 near Beaver Crossing, Nebraska
Nebraska Highway J near Grand Island, Nebraska
Nebraska Hwy 92 near Palmer, Nebraska
Nebraska Highway 92 near St. Paul, Nebraska
Nebraska Hwy 11 near Scotia, Nebraska
Downtown North Loup, Nebraska
Downtown Ord, Nebraska
Muddy town road in Taylor, Nebraska
Nebraska Hwy 91 near Brewster, Nebraska
Nebraska Hwy 2 near Dunning, NE
Nebraska Hwy 2 near Halsey, Nebraska
Nebraska Hwy 2 near Thedford, Nebraska
Driving through Hyannis, Nebraska
Nebraska Hwy 2 near Ashby, Nebraska
Nebraska Hwy 2 near Thedford, Nebraska
Nebraska Hwy 2 near Seneca, Nebraska
Evening in downtown Alliance, Nebraska
Nebraska Hwy 2 north of Alliance, Nebraska
Nebraska Highway 2 near Crawford, Nebraska

South Dakota Highways

Snow-covered South Dakota Hwy 471 near Edgemont, South Dakota
Downtown Edgemont, South Dakota
US Highway 18 north of Edgemont, South Dakota
SD Hwy 87 near Buffalo Gap, South Dakota
SD Hwy 87 near Custer, South Dakota
SD Hwy 87 near Fairburn, South Dakota
US Highway 16A, Iron Mountain Road, north of Fairburn, South Dakota
US Highway 16A near Hermosa South Dakota
US Route 16A South of Keystone, South Dakota
One of three tunnels on Iron Mountain Road, US 16A south of Keystone, SD
US 16A turns into a split single-lane road high up on Iron Mountain Road
US 16A goes under a bridge from the same road after hairpin curves on Iron Mountain Road
Mount Rushmore as seen through a US Route 16A tunnel high up on Iron Mountain Road south of Keystone, SD
SD Hwy 244 north of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota

Wyoming Highways

US Route 16 near Gillette, Wyoming
US Highway 16 near Spotted Horse, Wyoming
US Highway 14-16 near Clearmont, Wyoming
US Hwy 14-16 near Clearmont, Wyoming
US Hwy 14-16 near Ucross, Wyoming
Downtown Buffalo, Wyoming
Downtown Sheridan, Wyoming
Interstate 90 near Sheridan, Wyoming
Interstate 90 near Ranchester, Wyoming

Montana Highways

Interstate 90 near Huntley, Montana
Interstate 90 near Greycliff, Montana
Mountain scene from Interstate 90 near Big Timber, Montana
Sunset on Interstate 90 near Livingston, Montana
Sunset near Livingston, Montana
Mountains as seen from Interstate 90 in Three Forks, Montana
Interstate 90 near Cardwell, Montana
Interstate 90 near Cardwell, Montana
Mountain views from Interstate 90 near Whitehall, Montana
Interstate 90 heading north into Butte, Montana
Downtown Butte, Montana
Downtown Butte, Montana
Montana Highway 1 near Opportunity, Montana
Montana Highway 1 near Anaconda, Montana
Downtown Anaconda, Montana
Montana Highway 1 north of Anaconda, Montana
Montana Highway 1 north of Anaconda, Montana
Montana Highway 1 north of Anaconda, Montana
Downtown Philipsburg, Montana
Montana Highway 1 in Hall, Montana
Interstate 90 near Drummond, Montana
Interstate 90 near Clinton, Montana
Mountains near Missoula, Montana
Interstate 90 near Missoula, Montana
Driving into the mountains on Interstate 90 near Alberton, Montana
Interstate 90 near Superior, Montana
Interstate 90 near St. Regis, Montana
Interstate 90 near St. Regis, Montana
Interstate 90 near St. Regis, Montana

Idaho Highways

Interstate 90 at Lookout Pass on Idaho / Montana border
Entering Idaho on Interstate 90 in Mullan, Idaho
Downtown Wallace, Idaho

WATCH FOR MY NEW BOOK “8154” — COMING SOON TO AMAZON

I am currently working on my FOURTH book, titled “8154” to represent the mileage of my epic road trip with family.  You can visit my Amazon Author Page to see my other books at https://amzn.to/3azY36l

 

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AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – The Q Stories #atozchallenge

In early 2020 I traveled across the country with  the course of three weeks.  My A to Z posts this year will have the “8154” theme, which will also be the title of my forthcoming new book that will document the epic road trip.  Each entry will highlight a few stories with photos based on the alphabet and not the order of the trip.  I hope you will enjoy this bouncy ride across the back roads of America.  Please enjoy the Q Stories. (all photography by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz)

There are not many places that fit within the Q Stories category.  But, we did have a nice visit to Quitaque, Texas.

Quitaque, Texas

Quitaque is a small community of a little over 400 near the Texas Panhandle.  The town is located along Texas State Highway 86.  The townspeople pronounce the name of the town “Kitty Quay.”

The town prides itself as the “Official Bison Capital of Texas” because of the large bison ranch nearby and includes the official Texas Bison Herd.

Welcome to Quitaque
Downtown Quitaque, Texas
Large Bison mural in Quitaque
Another large mural in Quitaque
The Quitaque Water Tower…well, water tank anyway

Some Quick Shots from our Trip (none of them with a Q)

I took over 2500 photos on this road trip.  Here are a few random “QUICK” shots from the trip that wouldn’t be included otherwise.

Old Coca-Cola Machine in White Horse, Wyoming
Davey, Nebraska
Menu Sign at Big Sky Brewing Tap House in Missoula, Montana
Getting In-N-Out Burgers in Novato, California
Interstate 90 Scene near Superior, Montana
Signs near Lost Hills, California on CA Hwy 41
Hot Baths sign in Davenport, Washington
Drooling Buffalo at Custer State Park in South Dakota
Bigfoot in Langlois, Oregon
Tightwad Bank sign in Tightwad, Missouri
Old Texas Border sign near Vivian, Louisiana
Norbeck Byway Sign on US Route 16A near Custer, South Dakota
Long Highway near Searchlight, Nevada
Be Happy License Frame in Santa Cruz, California
Motel Room Beds at Rainbow Motel in Alliance, Nebraska
Route 66 Sign in Moriarty, New Mexico
Fun sign in Philipsburg, Montana
Antelope Relaxing in Custer State Park, South Dakota
Big Whale Mural in San Francisco
Festive Horse in Leavenworth, Washington
Sign at a gas station in Coeur D’Alene Idaho
Mural in Worms, Nebraska
Bald Eagle near Gillette, Wyoming
Family at the Grand Canyon
Old Truck in Waterville, Washington
Snow Geese migration near Dimmitt, Texas
Sunset over the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur, California
Alien in Uranus, Missouri
Usually Open sign at Ohrmann’s near Drummond, Montana
Sheriff Art in Taylor, Nebraska
Yummy sushi at Mizu Hibachi Grill in Seattle
Montana Highway 1 near Opportunity, Montana
George Washington at Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
Restroom Sign in Alliance, Nebraska
Enjoying the Ride!

WATCH FOR MY NEW BOOK “8154” — COMING SOON TO AMAZON

I am currently working on my FOURTH book, titled “8154” to represent the mileage of my epic road trip with family.  You can visit my Amazon Author Page to see my other books at https://amzn.to/3azY36l

 

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