Monthly Archives: July 2010

Dodge City, Deadly Drives, and Penny Arcades: From Kansas to Colorado


We spent the night in Dodge City, Kansas, and ate breakfast at a local donut place, Daylight Donut. Coming from the north-east, where Dunkin’ Donuts has obliterated the concept of mom-and-pop donut shops, I appreciated it when the kid behind the counter said his parents had owned the place since ’78. The donuts were great, though we got funny stares ... Read More »

Halfway to the Pacific


Continuing west on US-56, we drove through Scranton (population: 724). Not much was going on… One building of note: a former Methodist church converted to a garage (you can just make out the big roll-gates on the right): Across the street was this abandoned gas station, and I was really intrigued by the sign on the left: ENTER IF YOU ... Read More »

Heading West Through Kansas City (Roadtrip Day 04)


I’ll come clean: I’m really embarrassed to admit that, prior to arriving this morning, I thought Kansas City was in Kansas, when in fact it’s in Missouri. Hence, my celebrations at finally reaching Kansas turned out to be a bit premature (thanks to commenters below, I’ve now learned that Kansas City actually exists in both Missouri and Kansas, with the ... Read More »

Small Towns Across Illinois (Roadtrip Day 03)


For most of the journey from Salem, Illinois, to St. Louis, this was the view out the window: Literally, endless, endless fields. Most of the towns we passed through were little more than a  collection of houses, a commercial business or two, and then more fields. As we came to Carlyle, Illinois (known for its man-made lake, the largest in ... Read More »

Following The Ohio River (Roadtrip Day 2 Cont’d)


After swinging through Aurora, we decided to take a detour from US-50 and follow Rt-56, which winds along the Ohio River. Route-56 is a beautiful drive, with amazing views of the Ohio River (and Kentucky beyond): Below,  the path we took: Often, the view of the river would be replaced by cornfields… It was on Route 56 that we first ... Read More »

Main Street USA in Aurora, Indiana (Roadtrip Day 02)


After the seven hour Interstate drive the previous day, I woke up Saturday dreading the thought of hitting the bland four-lane pavement for another long haul. I don’t think anything in the world is as mind-numbingly boring as Interstate travel, and even at 80+ mph (thanks, West Virginia!), to me, it feels like you’re moving at a snail’s pace. Well, ... Read More »

Escape From New York! Roadtrip Day 01


Our 2010 roadtrip began where all the great expeditions of history have set out: White Plains, NY. You’re not going to get very far on a road trip without a car, and as neither I nor my girlfriend own one, we had no choice but to rent. I spent much of last week researching the cheapest rental options in New ... Read More »