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Kugs

I've driven to 48 states and driven in all 50. It was so much fun the first time, I'm going around again.

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Friday morning I was Just outside of Indianapolis and about 11 hrs from Home. I decided to drive straight through and get home a little earlier than originally planned. I ended up arriving home around 10 pm and fell asleep shortly after that. A few Stats: I drove 4,948 miles in 85 hrs 37 min at an average speed of 58 mph. That's about 353.4 miles per day. I drove in 11 states (five of them twice) This trip took a little more out of me than I expected, I think I may need a vacation after this trip. See you next time.... read more


I started today at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. Yup, it was as exciting as it sounds. This was by far not the best Presidential Library I've been to, but I think it did leave me with a better understanding of Hoover. A few miles down the road was the home of the American Pickers. Of course they weren't here, even Danielle was no where to be found. Although they do have a few picked items for sale here, they are generally overpriced. What you can purchase here is a ton of T-shirts, hats and anything they could put their Logo on. They do however display a lot of Picked items that you'll remember from the show, but most of them are not for sale. After a quick pick in Iowa I decid... read more

North America » United States » Iowa » Des Moines June 19th 2014

Many museums have an SR-71 on display, but few display it quite like this. As you enter the museum on the second floor balcony this plane is starring you right in the face, supported by three pillars from the first floor. Of all the SR-71s on display, this is probably the easiest one to photograph. Then you walk in to the main hanger and there is a B-17 next to a B-52, behind them is a B-36 Plus a dozen other planes. The only problem is that the planes are so tightly packed in this hanger it's difficult to get a good picture of them. After the museum I headed towards Omaha and stopped for an early dinner at a DDD restaurant. Joe Tess Place was on an episode called Long Time Legends. He is ... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska » Kearney June 18th 2014

Herman Reinders Lived and worked his farm near Alliance Nebraska until his death in 1982. As friends and family gathered to pay respects to him, there were discussions of a memorial. In June of 1987 35 of his friends and family gathered and built Carhenge. It was officially dedicated on the Summer solstice in 1987. I visited Carhenge the first time in 2007. Although not much has changed in the past 7 years I couldn't resist a return visit. Carhenge will be in the path of the Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, Maybe a 3rd visit will be in order. More photos... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska » Scottsbluff June 17th 2014

The Planes were at Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Shown here is one of the X-Wing Fighters used to defend Colorado from the Empire. The Trains Autos and Bikes were at the Forney Transportation Museum on the North Side of Denver, They literally had cars of all shapes and sizes. Wait, thats no ordinary Buffalo, that's a Cell Tower. After the museums I headed north out of Colorado and into Nebraska. I ended up in Scottsbluff which is about an hour from.... CARHENGE! BTW: I'm in Southwest Nebraska, The Tornadoes today were in Northeast Nebraska, tomo... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Denver June 16th 2014

I've spent most of the last three days driving around the edge of Colorado. Basically from Pueblo to Denver the hard way. Yesterdays drive was just amazing, as you could see yesterday, it left me speechless. The part of the drive between Silverton and Ouray was listed by USA Today as one of the 10 Bucket list drives everyone should take. In fact, if your not careful it could be the last drive on your list. It's a steep uphill drive with lots of tight curves and not a lot of guardrails. It's one of those Roads you see on TV or in cartoons where one side of the road is a mountain that goes straight up and the other side goes straight down and there's no guardrail. Then once you get to the top ... read more


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North America » United States » Colorado » Durango June 14th 2014

first on today's list was the Pueblo Air Museum. This is the International B-24 Museum, one problem, they don't have a B-24. They do have a very nice B-29. B-29s are very cool planes. But no B-24. They also have a lot of other planes and cool stuff Including a C-119 which is the type of plane used in the 2004 version of Flight of the Pheonix. Next was the Colorado Prison Museum. This Museum isn't housed in the actual Prison because... well... it's still a prison. So the museum is located in the old Woman's Prison next door. Then I headed towards Duraango when all of a sudden I saw a sign... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Pueblo June 13th 2014

It's been one of those days. This Morning I drove to the southern boarder of Kansas and the Mid-America Air Museum. When I walked in the door I was greeted by a very nice lady. As part of her greeting she asked me to sign the guestbook and asked where I was from. When I told her Syracuse NY, her jaw hit the ground. She grew up in Fulton and is flying into Syracuse next week to visit her sister. I tell ya everywhere I go I find connections to Syracuse. After I left the Museum I decided to take a more direct rout to Pueblo, CO. that ended up taking me through Syracuse, KS. I decided to stop in Syracuse for Gas and Ice. While filling the tank A big guy came up to ... read more

North America » United States » Kansas » Dodge City June 12th 2014

It's not a ton of salt, it's closer to 3 tons of pure salt. The Kansas Salt Mine tour takes you 650' below the surface into an active salt mine. Well they don't take you into the active part of the mine, the tour is in part of the mine where they are no longer extracting salt. The tour starts with a quick safety film, visitors are required to follow the same safety precautions as the miners. this means a hard hat must be worn at all times and you must carry a portable emergency respirator. Then it's a 90 second elevator ride down the 650' shaft to the gallery area where you can take a self guided tour until your ready for the train tour. The train is about a 30 minute guided tour ... read more




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