“Being here; not getting there”
- “If the party is loud and they won’t let you in, call the cops”.
- “We aren’t moving. If a moving van shows up, call the cops”
We’ve driven through the west so many times that our plan is to get some distance between us and Portland the first couple of days. Once we get out into Wyoming and out of familiar territory we’ll slow down to travel about 250 –> 350 miles a day mostly off the interstate. We’ll be on US 30 a good part of the way out.
- Carla picks me up at work and we head to central or eastern Oregon. We’ll stay at either Pendleton or La Grande where I found a nice trackside motel.
- We blast through eatern Oregon, Idaho and most of Utah, stopping at Echo, UT where I80 branches off from I84.
- Drive through western Wyoming; planning to stop in Cheyenne. We hope to have a lovely drive watching the sun rise over the Rockies.
- Head over to following US Highway 30 to North Platte; I expect we’ll stop often to take train pictures. Once we get into North Platte, we’ll head over to the Union Pacific visitor center. This is one of the largest rail facilities in the world; the visitor center has two viewing decks on the 7th and 8th floor of the tower.
- More train viewing as we follow US 30 and 36 through eastern Nebraska to Bellevue (a suburb of Omaha0. Our hotel in Bellevue has excellent view of the tracks and by all accounts a terrific barbecue joint across the street.
- We leave Nebraska and cut through the southwest corner of Iowa and into Missouri with a planned night in Hannibal. Is this where Harry Truman grew up?
- From Hannibal we have a short drive to Springfield, IL where we’ll take in the Lincoln museum and all the other sites related to my presidential relative.
- Back on Route 66! We cut across Illinois on the Mother Road and arrive in Chicago to visit Andrew and Henriët
Chicago – The Windy City / The City of Big Shoulders
We’ll have just a few days in Chicago – first order of business? laundry! 🙂
- The Art Institute
- A boat ride / architectural tour
- the Field Museum of natural history
- Maybe a White Sox game; Cubs are out of town
- Tour the home of Chess Records
- A hot dog at Flub a Dub Chub (no ketchup!)
- Deep dish Chicago pizza
- 3 great breakfast places Andrew and Henriët know of
- Maybe some music one night
The focus of the return home are the sites of South Dakota and eastern Montana. We’ll tour the badlands, Mt. Rushmore, and the Little Big Horn memorial. Of course no trip through the upper mid west is complete without a stop at Wall Drug!
- We head out of Chicago late morning and head to La Crosse, WI
- Pedal to the metal as we blow across southern Minnesota to get to Chamberlain, SD so we can have some fun
- Chamerblain to Deadwood, going off the beaten path for a scenic drive through the Badlands of South Dakota
- Visit Mt. Rushmore; Wall Drug and what not
- Head to Billings taking time to tour the Little Big Horn battle site (the place of Custer’s Last Stand which I remember doing a book report on in the 5th grade).
- Billings to Missoula
- Missoula to Kennewick, WA