07-06 to 07-07
Leaving Atlanta on I-20 we did decide on seeing a little more all in all, like: Tuscaloosa Alabama, Meridian and Jackson Mississippi. From Vicksburg we took 65 through Tallulah in Louisiana up along the river and lakes.
- Weather, 90 – 95 degrees and blue sky
- Roads taking I-20 till Vicksburg Mississippi, than on 65 over the Mississippi river and on 530 into Little Rock.
- Points of special interest, we admired those endless corn fields as well the cotton fields, however a good number of them were flooded, the plants badly damaged and the crop obviously decimated.
- Accommodation in Little Rock the Holiday Inn Express with jacuzzi:
- In praise of the present day, getting to see and to learn more about this beautiful country.
06-28 to 06-29
After enjoying our stay in Niagara Falls, we drove to Washington DC, and spent a night. We may come back to see the town…, …yes maybe come back at another time!
En route there was so much to see and do…, …that we arrived in the evening at the hotel with plans to get an early start to Charlotte SC
- Weather wise: Cold and wet in Niagara Falls this morning, changing fast to being nice as we entered Pennsylvania. Met some nice people too.
- Getting into Maryland it was summer weather again, and once we arrived in Washington still some clouds in the distance, yet blue sky and better than 80 degrees.
- Travel time, it took us 11 hours, yet actually on the road only about 7 hours. The land lush green, the dams overflowing with water, the lawns in front of homes healthy green…
- The main-roads we traveled were in mixed conditions. Much road work going on too. Posted speed on Interstate and Highways 55 and 65 mph, amazing enough, getting to Washington D.C. many motorists drive what ever they want…, …with speeds far in excess of the posted limits.
- Points of special interest:
- Accommodation Holiday Inn Express Washington D.C.
- In praise of the day, beautiful entertaining, and a learning experience as well…
06-27 to 06-28
Left Akron early, had breakfast on the road, and were looking forward to see the world famous falls, and as we hit the road rain was coming down on us…
- Weather: Hundred 100% rain! The weatherman was right. All the way from Akron to Buffalo it rained, first heavy then less. Yet as we arrived at the Niagara Falls, it was truly raining cats and dogs…
- Travel time, about 4 hours
- Roads and scenic views, much rain, yet light traffic in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as we got to upstate NY, traffic was heavy, never mind the rain.
- Points worth mentioning: Over I-90 another Service and Reststop with stores and gas stations.
- The Niagara Falls themselves busy despite the pouring rain, crowds of people and yes the Falls don’t disappoint, they deliver, even in the rain.
Click on this link for a 10 minute video we made while getting wet!
- Accommodations the Holiday Inn Express in Niagara with jacuzzi which was a pleasant refreshing welcome part of our stay at the hotel.
- In praise of the present day, beautiful people we met, aside some very courteous drivers, to not so friendly ones – yet maybe the weather was getting to them.
- We however had a most beautiful day, all day…
…nothing but fun, smiles and laughter…
06-19 to 06-22
…a three night stay to see and admire Mount Rushmore, the famous Caverns and the Black Hills, and more…
- Weather: We arrived in sunshine 80 degree weather, not a cloud in sight, for the evening hours, however there were thunderstorm warnings… :
- Travel time about 6 hours
- Roads and scenic views, much land, open land, very few homes, a wide open country, not counting the barb wire fences…
- Points of special interest, so many.
- Accommodation Holiday Inn Express Rapid City, here we got to learn where they hide the on-off switch for their in room jacuzzi “South Dakota Style?”
- In praise of the present day, nice people, beautiful land, worth the travel…
And on 06-20 a full day tour…, …on a sunny day. Rain came later in the night:
- Drove through Black Hills National Forest
- Did the Mt. Rushmore Walking Trail, and got to see what taxpayers money can do.
- Visited the Museum and gift-shops
According to what we were told:
“Borglum and later his son and all their workmen and equipment were paid from moneys allocated from Washington, which created this unique tourist attraction, guaranteeing the ongoing cashflow for the nearby communities!”
- We also went to the Sculptor’s Studio at Mt. Rushmore
- Next we visited Crazy Horse “a work in progress!”
- In the Indian Museum of America at Crazy Horse we found out about the dimension of the sculptors plans. It’s so huge, this memorial whenever finished will be the biggest of its kind.
- As an example the average height of the Egyptian pyramids is 480 feet. the Crazy horse monument is 560 x 640 feet.
- The Native American Indian Educational and Cultural Center at Crazy Horse is impressive, to say the least.
- We truly admired Korczaks Studio and Home, at the Crazy Horse monument education site.
- And all is done with private money, donations and fees and volunteers.
- Not to forget: We took a one hour train-ride in an old steam-train up to Hill Town.
- We watched Wildlife of Custer State Park including buffalos, burros, prairie dogs, deer and antelopes.
- And yes we got to experience three tight tunnels on Iron Mountain Road w/views of Mt. Rushmore too.
After a rainy night, on 06-21 we spent our time visiting…
- …Hill City
- …Custer State Park
- …and took a 1 hour guided tour at the Wind Cave, supposedly one of the longest caves in the world.
Our guide’s retelling a story told to him by a Native co-worker was not only entertaining but it was so good, that we actually believe that the Native Tribe does believe in all humans and buffalos having come from below the ground to live and be on the earth above…, …under circumstances worth a story told and listened to.
06-16 to 06-17
Lake Tahoe, was the first stopover, after leaving home, at the beginning of a month long journey.
We left at 8:30 a.m. and drove to Lake Tahoe via Hollister > Pacheco Pass > I-5 > Hwy 4 > I-99 > Hwy 88 and Hwy 89, and arrived in Tahoe via the Carson Pass.
A very scenic ride, little traffic and we surely took our time.
- Weather: Light fog in Monterey, 75 – 85 degree en route, 78 and nothing but sunshine in Tahoe
- Travel time, with stops about 7 hours
- Roads and scenic views, I highly recommend Hwy 88 and 89
- Points of special interest, several lakes, tall trees and views of high peaks with remnants of snow
- Accommodation: We enjoyed our stay in room 127 at the Holiday Inn Express, huge room, with a small microwave and coffee station, shower for 2, jacuzzi and a fire place.
- In praise of the present day and the spectacular surrounding along the roads we travelled…
Using all168 hours a week, we shall use those next four weeks to widen our horizon and to see more of the country we love so much, therefore we travel the roads of the USA.
States planned to visit:
California – Nevada – Utah – Nebraska – Wyoming – South Dakota – North Dakota – Minnesota – Wisconsin – Iowa – Illinois – Indiana – Ohio – Michigan –New York – Pennsylvania – Delaware – Virginia – Tennessee – South Carolina – Georgia – Alabama – Mississippi – Louisiana – Texas – Oklahoma – New Mexico – Arizona
Monterey, our starting point…