2,500 Miles for Christmas

2,500 Miles for Christmas

Well, we just got back from an early Christmas visit in Wisconsin. Took us 2,500 miles! I can’t believe it. Of course, there were some sidetracks and loop-dee-loops. First we drove to Lake Geneva, then Indianapolis, then La Crosse, then back to Trumansburg. When’s Google …

The Ride Across (Driving from Chicago to Ithaca in a Penske Truck)

The Ride Across (Driving from Chicago to Ithaca in a Penske Truck)

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know that Lisa does something like 98% of the driving. She’s a pro. And she gets carsick when I (reluctantly, of course) volunteer to drive the winding, fun roads. We’ve put 35,000 miles on our van …

Road Crazies in Kansas

Road Crazies in Kansas

I saw the ship on the horizon and pointed it out to Lisa. Then the shooting started. Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! I ducked under the dashboard. Lisa swerved. Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! Goddamn. They were firing at us. Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! “Speed up, Lisa, speed up!” I yelled. “Put the hammer down!” Tat-tat-ta-ta-tat! “What about …

Colorado Mountain Towns

Colorado Mountain Towns

I was really looking forward to returning to Colorado and exploring a few more mountain towns. Here’s where we stopped and what we liked: View Larger Map Grand Junction Grand Junction, even though it’s right next to Colorado National Monument, doesn’t feel like a Colorado …

Independence Pass, Colorado

Independence Pass, Colorado

As if Aspen couldn’t get any better, we drove out of town over one of the coolest passes of the trip — Independence Pass. Why is it awesome? Well, the US Pro Cycling Challenge just biked over it (full route). The road from Aspen narrows and …

Whenever possible, take the scenic route

Whenever possible, take the scenic route

If you’ve got the time, take the scenic route. Better yet, plan to have the time to take the scenic route. When planning your trip, we’d advise avoiding all major highways: the 5s, 80s, 90s, 94s, 15s, 70s of the country. Sure, you can get …

Driving the Loneliest Road in America: Hwy 50 across Nevada

Driving the Loneliest Road in America: Hwy 50 across Nevada

The Loneliest Road in America: Highway 50, east from Reno straight across Nevada. At least, as straight across Nevada as is possible. You very quickly get into a rhythm on Highway 50. Cross broad, flat valley, climb mountain range, descend mountain range, cross broad, flat …

Highway 101/ Route 1 Live Up To the Hype

Highway 101/ Route 1 Live Up To the Hype

It’s true: driving Highway 101/Route 1 is as awesome as everyone says it is. You could make an entire vacation out of driving the 101 from Seattle to San Francisco (just veer off the 101 on the 1 in northern California). Wait, you should make …

The Lost Coast of California

The Lost Coast of California

Between Ferndale (to the north) and Rockport (to the south) along California’s Pacific coast there’s basically nothing. No real towns, no housing developments, no reality TV stars, hardly any roads even. Sure, there are things marked as roads on the map, but they’re just paved …

Grand Coulee Dam and a Damn Good Drive

Grand Coulee Dam and a Damn Good Drive

Well, we got so excited writing about Mt. Rainier that we skipped writing about the drive there. It was a great drive. We drove through amber waves of grain, Utah-like canyons, and it all started on a ferry. You can street-view it here: Grand Coulee …

The Idaho Drive: Ketchum to Boise via Stanley, Boise to McCall and back again.

The Idaho Drive: Ketchum to Boise via Stanley, Boise to McCall and back again.

We had some time to kill in the Boise area and we’d heard a lot about the surrounding mountains on our last visit, so we figured we’d get out and explore the area ourselves. Who knew Idaho could be so amazing? Here are some of …

Driving from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park

Driving from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park

We did the drive from the Bryce area to the Capitol Reef area in a day after striking out trying to camp at Kodachrome Basin State Park then striking out again at the campgrounds in the Dixie National Forest where temps were barely in the …