Moon in the western sky

Trains, Trucks, Planes & Automobiles 2015D

Last winter I began thinking about a road trip to Idaho to visit our son Drew and his family. Then when he told us they had decided to move back to Georgia, I knew time was running out to visit Idaho. So I volunteered to help with the move. That resulted in an epic road trip involving 1700 train miles, about 2600 truck miles, 1150 air miles, and 300 car miles for a grand total of about 5750 miles, through 14 states in 12 days.  (For comparison purposes, NY to LA and back is 5600 miles.)

In the first post of this series, I detailed my cross country train ride. If you’re just coming in, that’s probably where you should start. The latest post covered the first half of the truck trip, from Idaho to Wisconsin, where we caught our breath for a few days. And then it was time to complete the journey.

Illinois River

Illinois River

The truck got an early start but within two hours, crossing the Illinois River, the windshield was already buggy.

Illinois corn

Illinois corn

Driving north to south across Illinois in the middle of summer is like driving through one giant cornfield.

Effingham IL cross

Effingham IL cross

Crossroads takes on a new meaning where I-70 and I-57 intersect in southern Illinois.

Ohio River crossing

Ohio River crossing

It took almost 8 hours, but finally made it through Illinois.

Nashville Skyline

Nashville Skyline

And made it to Nashville before dark

We'll stop next time, promise

We’ll stop next time, promise

The next day we had two states to cover, Tennessee and Georgia. You can tell when you’re getting closer to Chattanooga.

Greenery

Greenery

Lots of Kudzu along the road in Georgia

Rush Hour at Fort Stewart could mean Crunch Hour

Rush Hour at Fort Stewart could mean Crunch Hour

Finally nearing our destination, the home of the Third Infantry Division

Hotel parking lot, Hinesville GA

Hotel parking lot, Hinesville GA

Yep, made it.

Eden had some paperwork too, with crayons

Eden had some paperwork too, with crayons

Next day Drew & Candess are filling out the paperwork for their new apartment.

Last but certainly not least, furniturewise

Last but certainly not least, furniturewise

Then it was time to unload the truck. Fortunately we had a crew of local volunteers to help.

Last but certainly not least, furniturewise

Riding the bumper, part one

Final photos with the truck.

Riding the bumper, part two

Riding the bumper, part two

One hitchhiker who expired enroute

“Let’s park this thing”

One final ride

Moon in the western sky

Moon in the western sky

After a good night’s sleep, we were up early the next morning, heading south on I-95.

Awaiting the dawn

Awaiting the dawn

Driving across a lot of coastal wetlands

Ready for a high speed chase

Ready for a high speed chase

The Jacksonville airport is very modern with all the latest amenities…police scooters…

The water just disappears

The water just disappears

…and sinkless restrooms. Hmm, very interesting.

Somewhere above the eastern seaboard

Somewhere above the eastern seaboard

After driving many miles, it was good to soar above the clouds and let someone else do the driving

The last tankful

The last tankful

Sam met me at the airport and, oh, there was one last stop before arriving home.

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