Sinbad and I are preparing to set sail again. I never have a plan for a road trip, just a general idea. On our last big trip (this time last year) we came south out of Montana, skirting the western edge of South Dakota and passed through the panhandle of Nebraska. I was smitten with the Great Plains, the grasslands, the vast open space of the prairies. I want to go back and explore the Great Plains more in depth. But which route shall we take? A couple weeks ago an idea came to me and I spent most of last week investigating the states we plan to go through. I'll seek out the unusual, the quirky and different, but places of historical interest are not to be ignored. This proved to be a bit of work so I set a goal to do one state a day for my research. My eyeballs cannot handle anymore computer screen time than that. When finished, I had 15 pages printed out with 90 goofy oddball things listed to check out among 9 states. We always avoid major cities and stay off the interstate highways as much as possible. It is the little back roads for us. Also the popular touristy sites, we'll pass on. And so this is how our "planned" route came to be.
We will be on the road for around two months, give or take. I am really concerned about cold weather in the north and hope I don't wimp out. So if you're ready, off we go!