America’s Vastness

In the months I have been traveling across the United States what strikes me most is the vastness of America.  I-10, I-40, I-80 and so many other highways that cross our country span great open plains, deserts and vast areas of farmland.

The desert southwest is beautiful and isolated, miles and miles of open country with striking views.  Traveling the I-5 corridor through California reveals long stretches of almonds, artichokes, peppers and all types of salad vegetables along with cattle and withering farmland caused by Congress and their water policies.

Crossing over the Rockies is remote and striking in beauty.  Middle America is awash in corn and soybean, green and lush.

Texas has by far the best roads and cheapest gas, I guess it helps having two Presidents residing there.  The worst roads are California with by far the most expensive gas, they have every other rest stop closed.

There is a lot of construction across the country, glad to see it and the jobs created.  Slow down for those construction workers.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Love the pictures. I drove a truck across the country a few years ago. I went through 3 states (Kentucky was one) totally without cell service. Flat, dry and you could see forever. I was in a restaurant in Kentucky and made the comment to a friend ” Why would anyone choose to live her?!” After looking around at the insulted faces I realized,oh yeah. All you other people eating in here. Sorry about that.

    So where are you?


  2. During the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s I traveled across the country on several road trips. My impression was exactly as yours – this country has vast areas of open spaces – so varied and beautiful in their own way. Glad to hear it still has the same feeling and charm 20 years later!


  3. Posted by Mike Holcomb on July 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Being in the military I traveled a number of times across the country either to a port to ship out of, or to another base to train or to come home to visit. the drive were always rich with various sites. Enjoy the sights and as you have done so many times before, keep engageing with the people you meet. They are all friendly and have something to add about what you are seeing.


  4. Posted by Steve on July 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    we have bad roads, so we need to have a road tax added to our taxes, and we make lots of money and the roads don’t get fixed but we keep getting further in debt.. So … are the people holding “our” $$$, going up to Reno in hopes of doubling it and getting us out of dept? Or, maybe it’s the 10 man CalTrans crews which have inspired much material for stand up comedians. Did you here CalTrans layed off 10,000 workers. Yep, I guess someone invented a shovel that stands up by itself!


  5. Steve, so many people in California, the land of haves and have nots. You are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the state. Making plans to visit Alaska?


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