Way Out West 2005: Intro

What roads traverse our country and leave us with such a sense of awe and inspiration?

On April 10th, 2005 I flew from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco, to join my friend Karen in a cross-country adventure moving her new car across the country. Along the way, we managed to squeeze in the sights and sounds of ground-level America, the way it is meant to be seen and remembered.

Starting from the West, we moved along the minor highways, US395 and US88 in California, US191 and US89 in Utah, US160 across Colorado, and so on, to the East, following US50 to Washington, DC. Most of these roads are two lane stretches, linking smaller communities in rural America, the flavor being entirely different from the long haul highways across the plains of Kansas and Illinois.

It took us ten days to cross the country, and these are the things we saw.

Here is a map of the route we took.

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