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 R 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 R Stories. (all photography by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz)

Route 66 – Here and There

Though we didn’t drive the entire route, we did hit a number of places on our trip along the famed Route 66.  Indeed, we got our kicks on Route 66!

Route 66 in Williams, Arizona
Route 66 mural in Moriarty, New Mexico
Route 66 mural in Grants, New Mexico
Route 66 carved into wood in Devil’s Elbow, Missouri
Route 66 signs at the Falcon Restaurant in Winslow, Arizona
Route 66 in Gallup, New Mexico
Uranus, Missouri water tower with Route 66 sign
Big Route 66 sign in intersection in Winslow, Arizona
Route 66 Mural in Moriarty, New Mexico
Route 66 Hat from Arizona
Missouri Route 66 sign in St. Robert, Missouri
Visiting Route 66 in Barstow, California
Route 66 Shopping Center in Moriarty, New Mexico
Grants, New Mexico Route 66 Drive-thru Sign

US Routes and US Highways visited

As with Route 66, also known as US Highway 66, there are a couple hundred US Highways / Routes.  Here are signs from some of the US Routes that we drove on during our 8154 road trip.  As I have written often, I try to take back roads and US Highways whenever I can.

US Route 2 near Davenport, Washington
Routes 14 and 16 in Gillette, Wyoming
Route 16A in Hermosa, South Dakota
US 20 Terminus in Newport, Oregon – Route 20 is the longest continuous road in the United States.
US Route 30 in Astoria, Oregon
Route 34 in Philips, Nebraska
Route 59 in Marshall, Texas
Route 59 near Oregon, Missouri
Route 60 in Henderson, Kentucky
Route 60 and Route 84 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico
Route 61 near Cairo, Illinois. Also known as the Great River Road, it pretty much follows the Mississippi River
US Route 62 and Route 70 in Matador, Texas
Route 65 near Warsaw, Missouri
US Routes 70 and 84 in Farwell, Texas
Route 77 at state line between Iowa and Nebraska
Route 77 in Mead, Nebraska
Route 80 in Marshall, Texas
Routes 82 / 183 / 277 / 283 in Seymour, Texas
Route 87 in Happy, Texas
Routes 87 / 212 in Hardin, Montana
Route 93 and Route 200 in Missoula, Montana
US Route 95 in Searchlight, Nevada
US Route 95 in Moscow, Idaho
US Route 97 near Leavenworth, WA
US 101 in Coos Bay, Oregon
US Route 183 in Taylor, Nebraska
US Route 212 in Crow Agency, Montana

Raccoon – Point Defiance, Oregon

While driving through Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington, we came upon this cute raccoon.

Raccoon in Point Defiance, Washington
Raccoon in Point Defiance, Washington
Raccoon in Point Defiance, Washington

Raymond, Washington

Raymond is along US Route 101 and has over 100 metal people.  The artwork is whimsical and fun.

Raymond, Washington
Raymond People
Raymond People
Raymond People
Raymond People
Raymond People
Raymond People

Rex Museum – Gallup, New Mexico

Another great example of old Route 66 neon

Rex Museum old neon sign – Gallup, New Mexico
Roarin’ 20s Sign on Route 66 in Grants, New Mexico
Russell’s Travel Center sign in Moriarty, New Mexico

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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