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48 Before 30: Driving the 48 Continental States – Part 4

My trip into the Northwest was the first trip that I truly planned out day by day. I spent time researching which locations I would stay, and where I would be eating each night. A section of this trip was even inspired by Looney Tunes. This was by far the longest trip I took.

May 1, 2010: My first day was a long one, but part of that was a delay going through Denver. I stopped to have lunch with my cousin at Gunther Toody’s before heading into Wyoming. It was very windy going through Wyoming, but I did eventually make it to Rock Springs, WY. My research of the town led me to Broadway Burger, which is a small old time feel diner. Naturally I got a burger, and I thought it was quite tasty. Miles: 753.8 Time: 11 hours, 30 minutes States: 3

May 2, 2010: My destination for the day was Boise, ID. I enjoyed seeing some mountainous terrain in Utah as I made my way. When I made it into Boise I had planned on touring the old Idaho State Penitentiary. This penitentiary was open from 1872 to 1973. It was quite fasinating to walk around on a self guided tour. I know for sure I don’t ever want to spend my life in a prison, so you can expect me to be a good boy.

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I love my pizza, so I decided on a pizza place called Flying Pie Pizzaria for dinner. I specifically picked this place because they had a sourdough crust, and I love me some sourdough. However, once I told the lady it was my first trip to Flying Pie, she turned around to let the entire staff know I was a newbie. That is when the entire staff stopped what they were doing to say welcome. At that my point I had completely forgotten what I was there to order, and just made a simple order for a pepperoni pizza. Though it was very tasty I was a little disappointed I didn’t order what I intended. Miles: 509.2 Time: 7 hours, 57 minutes States: 3

May 3, 2010: This is the day that was partially inspired by Looney Tunes. I remember hearing my favorite cartoon characters talking about Walla Walla, Washington when I was a kid. I always liked the name, so when I started planning my trip through Washington I just knew I had to go through Walla Walla. Once I got into Walla Walla there was a little construction on the edge of town, so I had to take a detour. That detour ended up taking me North, and I had to improvise my drive from there. I was actually pretty glad that I didn’t take the route I had planned, as the farmland was quite stunning. It was gently rolling hills that really didn’t look like traditional farmland to this Kansas boy. I remember passing by a lot of orchards and winery’s on my way to Spokane. The wind that day was very intense, and had actually blown off the sliding door at the hotel. I didn’t look for any place special to eat, but rather ate at Outback Steakhouse before watching The Losers at a nearby theater. Miles: 487 Time: 8 hours, 34 minutes States: 3

May 4, 2010: I headed out East from Spokane, and for some reason was surprised of the mountains in Montana. The drive was nice, but I couldn’t help but notice how many cities in Montana have such strange names. I stopped in Billings for the evening. I had picked out a steakhouse to eat at downtown, but for the life of me I could not find it. Instead, I ate at Fiddler’s Green beside the hotel. Miles: 544.9 Time: 8 hours, 40 minutes States: 3

May 5, 2010: I drove the rest of the way through Montana and North Dakota, and stopped for the night in Fargo. I ate at Big D’s Bar and Grill, which I thought was pretty good. Miles: 614 Time: 9 hours, 18 minutes States: 2

May 6, 2010: I drove past a lot of dairy farms driving through Wisconsin. It was almost exactly what would be expected given Wisconsin’s reputation. I drove into Green Bay, and stopped by to eat at Curley’s Pub inside Lambeau Stadium. For the evening entertainment I watched Kick Ass at a theater. Miles: 529.3 Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes States: 3

May 7, 2010: Before I left Green Bay I went on a tour of Green Bay Packer’s Lambeau Statium, which I really enjoyed. There were only four of us in the tour group. Two fellas were Packers fans I assume, as they were wearing Green Bay gear. I was in my Chiefs gear, and the other guy didn’t seem to be a fan of any NFL team. Oddly, that guy was also on a mission to travel in all 50 states, but he was making his trips all within a 90 day period. The tour was funny, given that the two Green Bay fans never said a word. It was me and the neutral guy that asked all the questions. Following the tour I walked through their Hall of Fame. It was all interesting, but I did get a little tired of being reminded who lost Super Bowl I.

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After the tour and Hall of Fame, I headed down South towards Kenosha in the rain. I spent time there with a friend, and ate at the Irish restaurant, Ashling On the Lough. Miles: 161 Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes States: 1

May 8, 2010: I left Kenosha in the morning, and headed on the long journey home. It was by far the longest day I had driven, just so I could make it home that day. I was extremely tired by the end of the day, and made it even longer so I could hit 80,000 miles in my pickup. I only had to drive an extra 20 miles or so to hit that mark. Miles: 909.3 Time: 14 hours, 30 minutes States: 4

This was a very enjoyable, yet very tiring trip for me. I was glad that I took in some tours rather than only driving. I would gladly take this entire route again.

Total Trip Miles: 4,508.5 Total Trip Time: 71 hours, 24 minutes States: 13

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