Mills, Bridges and the ’70s: West Virginia

I’m in the final leg of my journey now, heading back to where I (kinda) started from, New York. There’s still a cluster of states to get through before then, however, so we start with West Virginia. It’s fine state. There are trees, there are roads, there are all the things you could want. … I don’t know, after the magnificent vistas of Utah, the coast of California, the redwoods and the madness of the House on the Rock, there’s just something about this place that’s sorta…

Bland, VA
 Exactly.

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Weird Al

After the whirl-wind weekend road trip to Canada and back, I’ve decided to take things easy in North Carolina for a day or two. At this point in my trip, I have about two weeks left and six states to go. I still have time, however, to schedule a quick stop to make 12-year-old me very happy. Back then, I had simple tastes: sweets, toys, blended whiskies, but I also had a keen musical ear, one that was sated mainly by one artist:

Weird AlWeird Al.

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Baseball, Poutine and Tom Hardy: Road Trip to Canada

As alluded to previously, even after rushing up the West coast in time to get to see Josh Ritter, I was still in a hurry. You see, I was planning to meet some friends of mine near Niagara Falls, Canada. I was here: Spokane, WA Niagara Falls is here: Niagara FallsNow each time I brought this up, the conversation would go like this:

“Washington to Niagara in ten days? Yeah I guess you can do that.”

“I also want to see the sites, like Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore and I absolutely must see the House on the Rock.”

“Okay, you might be able to make it, but you’ll have to motor.”

“Oh yeah and I’m picking my friend up in North Carolina.”

“… You are an idiot.”

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The House on the Rock

Let me begin by saying, I do not understand.

The House on the Rock is one of my favourite places in the US. Since returning to Ireland/UK, I always bring it up as the highlight of my trip. I have just taken a look through some of the 388 pictures I took of it. I still think it’s a fantastic place, but I know that I do not understand it. But if you are ever in the area, or even near the area, or not actually anywhere near it at all, you should go see the House on the Rock for yourself.

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Bruce Springsteen, the Plague and Nuclear Armageddon: South Dakota

Woman from North Dakota: We enjoy roughly the same climate as South Dakota, we took in $73.7 million in tourism revenue last year. They took in $1.2 billion. They have the word “south”.

Donna: Also Mount Rushmore.

– The West Wing, S03E21 “We Killed Yamamoto”

Mount Rushmore

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The Rolling Stones, Abortion and Teddy Roosevelt: North Dakota

At the end of the last post we’d left Yellowstone and were heading towards North Dakota. That takes a while, this place is pretty big. About 100km from the border, I come across signs for “Bad Route Road”. If that’s the official name of a thing, that’s gotta be a pretty bad road. And yes, yes I am tempted to pull off and go exploring.

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Wolves, Bison and Mother Mary: Yellowstone, Montana

We leave Washington and Josh Ritter at the Idaho border, but he has another stop for us on our itinerary: Coeur d’Alene. We stop in for breakfast at this quaint little place. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned free refills before, but they’re much appreciated. We have to get back on the road soon, though, because with have a lot of ground to cover. I know, I know, I said I was racing to Spokane, so what’s got me in such a hurry now? We’ll get to that later.

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