6427 Miles: A Tour of America
By Gerard Forgnone
I've been working a lot lately, and needed a vacation.
Driving vacations are great...see our country, meet people,
experience life. I recently finished Stephen Ambrose's
fantastic book, "Nothing Like It In The World," the story of the
building of the first Transcontinental Railroad, from Sacramento
headed east, and Omaha headed west, meeting at Promontory Point,
north of Salt Lake City, Utah. Click the image below to
buy a copy from Amazon.com!
I hadn't seen friends and relatives in Central and Northern
California for a while, so I figured I ought to take a week and
visit some folks on the way to Sacramento. Sacramento to
Omaha would be about a week as well. I looked at a map of
the United States, and Omaha is pretty much the middle of the
country. I asked myself, "Self, what are you going to do
once you get to Omaha? Drive straight back to San Diego?"
There are dear family friends in Milwaukee to visit, my sister
in Detroit, and lots of other stuff to do in the Midwest.
Hey, take another TWO weeks, and see the country! That's
what driving vacations are all about...seeing the country, and
being flexible to take detours. So, that's what I
did. Four weeks total, stayed with friends sometimes, but
camped in the back of my 2000 Mercury Mountaineer most of the
time, to save money. It was quite the experience!
Here are some tidbits:
Left San Diego on Friday, August 30, around 12 noon.
Started the railroad tour in Sacramento on Thursday, September
5, around 11 am.
Finished the railroad tour in Omaha, Nebraska, on Thursday,
September 12, around 3 pm.
Returned to San Diego on Thursday, September 26, around 10 pm.
4 weeks, 27-1/2 days.
Drove 6427 miles, all but 20 miles completely alone.
Used 22 tanks of gas and 2 quarts of oil.
Stayed in ONE hotel room, a locally-owned, non-chain, because
there were no campgrounds within 40 miles of my next day's
Ate only in restaurants that are not in California...5 times.
Never listened to the radio...not once.
Never saw TV.
Took 2945 digital photos on 3 cameras.
Lost 8 pounds.
Ok, let's start the trip!
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Links to each page individually:
Day 1, San Diego to
Day 2, Lockwood, CA to
Scotts Valley, CA
Day 3, Monterey Bay, CA
Day 4, Scotts Valley
and Salinas, CA
Day 5, Scotts Valley,
Day 6, Scotts Valley, CA to Fairfield, CA
Day 7, Fairfield, CA
to Truckee, CA
Day 8, Truckee, CA to
Day 9, Winnemucca, NV
to Ogden, Utah
Day 10, Ogden, Utah
to Rock Springs, Wyoming
Day 11, Rock Springs,
Wyoming to Cheyenne, Wyoming
Day 12, Cheyenne,
Wyoming to Gothenburg, Nebraska
Day 13, Gothenburg,
Nebraska to Omaha, Nebraska
Day 14, Omaha,
Nebraska, to Des Moines, Iowa
Day 15, Des Moines,
Iowa to Germantown, Wisconsin
Day 16, Germantown,
Wisconsin and Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Day 17, Germantown,
Wisconsin to Detroit, Michigan
Day 18, Detroit, Michigan
Day 19, Detroit, Michigan
Day 20, Detroit, Michigan to
Day 21, Dayton, Ohio to
Day 22, Indianapolis, Indiana to
Day 23, Livingston, Illinois to
Knob Noster, Missouri
Day 24, Knob
Noster, Missouri to Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri to
Day 26, WaKeeney,
Kansas to Raton, New Mexico
Day 27, Raton,
New Mexico to Meteor Crater, Arizona
Day 28, Meteor
Crater, Arizona to Home
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