I have been writing articles from my Oregon Trail adventure, places we stopped, scenes and places we explored. But the 2,200 mile road trip in just over a week of course meant a lot of time on the road! Put into context that is the European equivalent of driving in a straight line from London to Cairo. However, the road ahead provided plenty of moments on its own. Excitement of what lay ahead and views upon views, so many and so varied.
Starting in Missouri at Independence, the journey took us travelling across five other states. Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon, with the destination of Portland. In a separate post I will show some views from out the window but here we will concentrate on the road ahead.
I was often thinking to myself as we were in the car heading for the next stop ‘This next 4 hour journey feels nothing’! Even after 4 or 5 days the car journey parts never got boring. here in the UK if I have to think about a 4 hour drive ahead I fill up with a sense of dread. Traffic jams, road rage everywhere and not getting far in seemingly a long time. I found myself falling in love with the vastness of the States and the Interstates/Highways.
Take Nebraska for example. I think it was about 2 hours before I saw any signs of another village or town as we drove over the great open plains on the long straight…. very straight roads. The odd windmill breaking up the horizon or the odd truck. Truckers also happy to another being on the road, giving a great big long hoot of the horn and a wave and smile as you overtake 🙂
Never before have I chuckled at the SatNav so much.. By the end I was used to it saying things like, ‘Go Straight for 530 miles and you reach your destination on your left’. Cruise control was made for these roads, well and truly.
Of course the straightness and flatness then gives way to the Rockies. New horizons ahead and snowcapped mountains seemingly lined up in front of you as you drive through the warm sun baked valleys.
Every day even on the road was an adventure. Learning, seeing, doing. Every minute of a US road trip is something to cherish.
For all the articles on this Oregon Trail adventure you can view here.