September 4 near Philomath, OR via mobile\
Oregon to Ohio, Ready set go
According to Google Maps, a direct route is 2519 miles or about 37 hours of driving.
Throw in Yellowstone and Mt Rushmore and it only ups it to 2675 and 41 hours of driving.
Totally doable and I had promised Skye that we would go through Yellowstone.
Mt. Rushmore was sort of an afterthought, but I figured, "What the hell? We're so close."
What I was ignoring despite my better judgement, was the amount of time any amount of sightseeing would take and how many hours that would add.
September 4 near Pendleton, OR
Watching the sunrise, followed by a quick catnap and back to our journey
We left my mom's house Tuesday night around 11pm. For all practical purposes it might have well been Wednesday.
Except by the time the sun was coming up and making it Wednesday for most folk, we had already put in 6 or 7 hours of driving.
We pulled into a rest-stop.
I caught around an hour's worth of ZZZZ's and we were back on the road.
September 4 near New Plymouth, ID
Goodbye Oregon, Hello Idaho, we finally hit the road last night a little after 11pm. We've gone over 450 miles and are planning to stay in Yellowstone tonight
Almost 900 miles later and we made it — at Yellowstone National Park.
We made it to Yellowstone.
Skye managed to somehow find us an room in the park, which was pretty remarkable given that she started making calls somewhere between leaving Idaho, clipping Montana and getting to the park's entrance.
Yellowstone, even in when toured in but a day, deserves its own post.
Sep 5, 2013 12:46pm
Saw an elk attack a car, caught Old Faithful put on its show, getting ready to continue our race to get to a wedding in Ohio by Saturday morning — with Skye Danniells at Old Faithful Inn Dining Room.
We headed off towards Mt. Rushmore. We wouldn't get in until late at night. And for the better part of the next day, we both thought we had bitten off more than we could chew and wondered if we would make it in time for the wedding.
We consoled each other, telling ourselves that even if we just made it to the reception, the trip would still be a success.
Watching the sun come up on George, Thomas, Teddy and Abe; no one else around; beautiful, serene and surreal — with Skye Danniells at Mt. Rushmore- Black Hills SD.
The last time I was at this Monument was shortly after 9/11.
It was an amazing, bizarre and perfect time to cross this country.
There was barely anybody there when we all looked up to these legends and wondered what they may have done following such a tragedy.
Today, because we were there well just as the park opened and hours before any of the tours or facilities would start, there was no one.
We made the quick 3/4 mile loop before the first sound of humanity broke out; a leaf-blower of all things.
September 6 near Rapid Valley, SD via mobile
Last leg; 1200 miles, around 20 hours of driving not including pit-stops; wedding is at 11 am Saturday. Here we go!!!
September 6 near Granada, MN via mobile
Since heading out from Oregon Tuesday night we've now logged 2000 miles, Only 770 till we get to the wedding. This has been an epic chapter of a road trip that started a couple of months ago in Baton Rouge.
We "camped" out in front of a KFC at one of the big gas stations.
I needed to ice my knee for a while once we hit Chicago.
And on the last bit of the journey, Skye was hitting and poking me every few minutes to keep me from dozing.
We Made It !!!
We've arrived. We left Tuesday night drove 2757 miles, with side-trips to Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore and have around an hour to get cleaned up for the wedding. I'm tired. — at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ashland.