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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