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Old Henry 05-28-2018 09:49 AM

Great Plains Road Trip

I fell in love with road trips as a kid living in Utah and traveling to Arkansas every summer to spend the summer there where my mother was from. Dad tried to take different routes and see different things each trip. Many of the trips were across the plains of Colorado and Kansas. There are many simple memorabilia that I remember seeing as a child that always brings back those fond memories. Here are some of them.

Here is the map of our trip:

And the link to the interactive map:

And the VIDEO:

First stop on the trip was the beautiful old pioneer LDS Temple in Vernal, Utah.

As you can see, it was very nice and sunny and warm in Vernal - 80. I had always remembered the plains being hot and humid (of course, we always drove them in the summer) so I didn't even bring a long sleeved shirt, much less a sweater, jacket, or coat. I was sorry the next morning after staying in Georgetown, CO for the night. It was 30 in the morning with rain and snow frozen on the car.

We had fairly continuous rain for the next couple of days until we reached Missouri.


Abandoned motel at Deer Trail, CO:

Abandoned old wood frame prairie home at Last Chance, CO:

The "Prairie Sentinels" (silos) at Cope, CO:

Two of my very favorites, the windmills and water towers. I even bought a windmill in Nebraska many years ago and put it up in my back yard it brought back such fond memories.

Cope, CO

Maxwell, NB where I bought a windmill many years ago to put up in my back yard

McDonald, KS:

One of the favorite times of any road trip, snuggling up with little Lady in the dive motel at night, Bellville, KS.

Kansas Longhorns, Donifan, KS:

Atchison, KS of Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroad fame:

My destination/turn around point. Christus statue at the LDS visitor's center in Indepencence, MO.

Driving into the sun at the end of the day I had to rig an extra sun visor of a map jammed between my traffic light viewer and windshield to block the reflection off the hood, Kimball, NB.

Prairie sunset, another fond memory, Country Club Village, MO:

Cruising stance, Keystone, NB:

A most historical spot on the old Lincoln Highway, then US 30, now I-80 in Wyoming, Laramie:

That's it. Total 2,188 miles in 5 days. Probably the last road trip for the foreseeable future. I'm way past the end of my bucket list and will have to recycle trips with grandkids to do more.

Previous road trips:

Yosemite, King's Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks in September 2017:

Pacific coast from San Francisco to the Olympic Peninsula in July 2017:

Southern Utah and Northern Arizona in March 2017:

Western Utah Desert in the snow in December 2016:

Mt. Whitney and Death Valley in November 2016:

Teton National Park in September 2016:

Alaska in May 2016:

Moki Dugway in April 2016:

Four rivers in Idaho and Montana in March 2016:

Red Canyon, Utah February 2016:

California Highway 1 November 2015:

Great Basin National Park and City of Rocks October 2015:

Pike's Peak September 2015:

Uinta Mountain Range, Utah, August 2015:

Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower, July 2015:

Pony Express Trail in April 2015:

Mexico and around in February 2015:

Ghost towns of Modena, UT and Pioche, NV in November 2014:

Million Dollar Highway, Durango to Montrose, Colorado in June 2014

Transcontinental Railway Grade in May 2014:

City of Rocks, Idaho in April 2014:

Capitol Reef National Park in March 2014:

Grouse Creek and the AAA garage in February 2014:

Grand Canyon in January 2014:

Moab, UT in December 2013:

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument November 2013:

Across Nevada on US 50, "The Loneliest Road in the Country", October 2013:

Mount Evans (the highest paved road in North America) August 2013:

Canada in June 2013:

Monument Valley in March 2013:

Bryce Canyon in February 2013:

Milford, Utah in December 2012:

Nevada and Idaho in November 2012:

Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2012:

Yellowstone National Park in May 2012:

Death Valley in February 2012:

Pike's Peak in July 2011:

Route 66 in April 2010: [/COLOR]

Old Redneck 05-28-2018 11:03 AM

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Always enjoy reading and the pictures are great as usual. I don't get out as much as I use to. Must be old age I guess. Can't even keep with the grass. It grows too darn fast. I think about grass killer for it. If I ever get the 32 done I am going to take a couple of weeks and take off with no map or care less what direction to start off in. Maybe head south in no mans land. Keep up the good work

RKS.PA 05-28-2018 11:04 AM

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Craig, Love your travel log and welcome back to "on the road again!!"


P.S. see those vacuum wipers are working like a champ!!

1931flathead 05-28-2018 11:08 AM

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Does the second video work for anyone else

Old Henry 05-28-2018 11:12 AM

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Sorry. That video was blocked for copyrighted music. I'll redo it and repost it.

1931flathead 05-28-2018 11:13 AM

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The first one worked for me

50fordcoupeman 05-28-2018 11:14 AM

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Love your travels Craig!! I view all of your videos. How did car do?

Old Henry 05-28-2018 12:17 PM

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The rain video is now up and running here:

Old Henry 05-28-2018 12:18 PM

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Originally Posted by 50fordcoupeman (Post 1633985)
Love your travels Craig!! I view all of your videos. How did car do?

Car ran without a hitch. Just had to adjust my throttle cable once to keep it working as cruise control. That's all.

Royal Ryser 05-28-2018 12:56 PM

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Prof, thanks for showing some great photos of a most unappreciated part of our great country. You went right past my childhood outside of Atchison, KS. This is a good time to travel there because it does get HOT in Summer and COLD in winter. If one enjoys eating, this part of the country is a great producer of food.

VeryTangled 05-28-2018 02:20 PM

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Thanks for bringing us along again!

Mike in AZ 05-28-2018 02:29 PM

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Thanks for the journey. Always nice to travel along with. Mike

Lawrie 05-28-2018 05:32 PM

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Welcome back , as usual great pics and story.
Makes our 250 mile weekend away in the 33 seem chicken feed.

cmbrucew 05-28-2018 06:22 PM

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Very nice
My cross country trips were mostly I 66 then I 40. Furthest north was I 70 and I 80.
Lots of country to see.
Nice to see you post again.


Talkwrench 05-28-2018 09:54 PM

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And no problems..? perfect! Those 'windmill shots' reminded me of just about anywhere here in Aust..

Elmo Rodge 05-28-2018 10:18 PM

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Another good one, Craig. I'm back in Utah after that job in California. Please stop by if you're down my way.

Tinker 05-28-2018 11:28 PM

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Nice pictures craig.

Nebraska can be some looonnnggg roads to travel to see something. But you found some great places.

Goergetown Co is nested in the rockies, great old mining town to visit.

corvette8n 05-29-2018 08:44 AM

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Craig: Thanks for the trip, enjoyed the ride thru the lens. How many hours a day do you drive?

petehoovie 05-29-2018 08:56 AM

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How much time do you spend in preparing your car for a trip like that? Do you put it up in the air and inspect the undercarriage? Are you ever ill at ease while driving down the road?. Even though my '34 is tip-top, I'm always ill at ease while driving it....

Don W/Norfolk 05-29-2018 09:13 AM

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Thanks for the memories. Following your map, I see you missed a real "landmark." Between Atchison, KS and Kansas City, MO you jogged around the outskirts of my hometown, Platte City, MO. It is such an icon of middle 'Merica, that the weekly newspaper was called, "The Landmark." Lots of history on both sides of the road of your journey. Glad you got to enjoy the trip. dw

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