I’ve been looking forward to crossing South Dakota again ever since I did it in 2010. I forgot how empty it was for much of the state when driving from east to west, but I saw plenty of interesting things in the state, and was glad that I returned.
Alright, enough of the movie quotes. Iowa was a pretty interesting place. As imagined, there were massive amounts of corn plants and overall it was a very agricultural landscape.
If it weren’t for Detroit’s issues, I’m sure you’d all head much more about St Louis, Missouri, and East St Louis, Illinois. There’s some interesting tourist sports in St Louis, but it doesn’t take you going very far to find massive swaths of blight and abandonment. You can tell it was a very vibrant city, but I don’t know what’s going to happen now.
US Route 50 is one of the original roads from the US Highway system, and I find it fascinating, even though Route 66 gets all the publicity. Some day I might drive the whole thing…although some of it is divided highway with exits now, and I don’t even like going on those roads.
It really seems like all of the activity is by the interstates and on the edges of the towns…gas stations, hotels, restaurants…none of them busy in the center of town.
Here are some photos from on and near Route 50 in Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio.
I was in Wichita, Kansas for a few days. I was too busy being the Best Man for my brother’s wedding to do much photography, but I did get this shot of the footbridge and “Keeper of the Plains” sculpture where the Arkansas River and Little Arkansas River meet, along what they call “Water Walk”.
I finally spent some time in Cleveland, Ohio. I have a great interest in the rust belt, and scenes from the American Industrial Revolution and the heyday of American industry, so Cleveland has been on my list for a while. There’s some beautiful architecture and some interesting sights to behold.
I visited Chicago for a night, and it was mostly a social visit with my cousin, but I did get a bit of photography in. I decided to call this post Chicagoland instead of Chicago just so I could get the picture of Gary, Indiana in without making another post.
After almost a week in Des Moines, I drove east to Chicago between an afternoon and a morning. I wasn’t feeling overly inspired but got a few shots off that I want to share.
I wasn’t sure what to think about going to take pictures of the bridges of Madison County, but I enjoyed it. I tried to really check out the structures from as unique perspectives as I could. In general the entire Des Moines area had interesting things to check out. Maybe I’ll go back again for the State Fair some day.
I’m pretty sure I made a post named “Across the heartland” last year, but it’s really fitting, so I’m going with it again. This time heading out of Denver I took a different route east, focusing on Nebraska and Iowa, although I did go through Kansas briefly.