Yes, I'm back east from a trip out west! My husband and I drove from our home in Brooklyn, New York to the Denver, Colorado area, and back, in the past two weeks. Approximately 3,700 miles round trip! The sign above by the roadside welcomes us home with the words: "Welcome to Brooklyn -- How Sweet It Is!" Check out this link to see more imaginative signs our borough president had installed around Brooklyn, NY.
We traveled along Interstate 80 both west and east, armed with our car's GPS and a AAA "triptik" and tour books to guide us.
We were welcomed by many states along the way!
Our trip began as we waved "goodbye" to New York City as we drove through New Jersey. We looked forward to seeing beautiful and interesting sights along the way, and we were excited to ultimately see our children and grandchildren who live in Colorado.
The road did not disappoint us! Above are the beautiful verdant green, tree filled Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania.
A farm in Ohio...
...corn fields in Indiana...
...wind turbines in Iowa....
....and cattle and corn fields in Nebraska.
We sadly saw much of the effects of the heartland's summer drought along the way....fields and fields of burned out corn....
...and cows and cattle with little grass to graze upon. On radio and TV news the talk was of farmers selling off livestock as they could not feed them, and of taking a loss on this year's crops. An elderly woman at a rest stop in Nebraska told us this was the first summer she can remember where they could not make hay due to the drought. Prices are sure to eventually go up from the effects of this weather disaster.
Thankfully, many farms along the way did have irrigation devices watering the fields, so all was not lost.
...and the sight of corn, lying like a carpet, as far as the eye could see was amazing to me!
We saw many areas of road work and a couple of traffic jams, but for the most part our trip was long, but uneventful. We did it in three days, staying one night in Indiana on the way west and east, and the second night in Nebraska both ways.
One very common sight on Route 80 was this truck, in double and triple tandem! The economy must be moving if there was so much freight being delivered.
All of my photos were taken from the moving car, going 80 miles an hour for the most part, so I was glad that so many came out well. This was one of my favorite photos from the somewhat deserted NE corner of Colorado on US 76 when we diverted from US 80 to go towards Denver. It's just a little blue shack in the middle of nowhere!
The road could be sparse and boring at times but my husband and I had fun talking, singing, munching on snacks and fruit, listening to music on the radio and watching America go by our windows. It's a wonderful way to see our beautiful country!
One thing I loved taking photos of as we passed them were old and new barns and farmsteads. Next post I'll show many of my favorites!
I'm adding this post to the following blog events:
Alphabe Thursday--the letter this week is "L" --so I think this long journey across America qualifies!
Monday Barn Charms