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Posted on Saturday, February 28th, 2004

Dave!The weather is suh-weet today, so it looks like a ride on my motorcycle is definitely in order (after I spend an hour or two cleaning it up). In the meanwhile, a friend had asked why I haven't blogged my "visited States and Countries" like everbody else in blog-space. The reason is pretty simple... I didn't think the map was a good color for my site. Seriously. But, in the interest of conformity, I decided to make my own map just in case there are people who can't sleep at night because they are wondering what States I've been to. Well here you go...

Dave USA

I absolutely plan on visiting Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont one day... no question about it. Ditto for Alaska and New Mexico (Taos!). But that run of States down the middle? I just don't know. Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Monument are in South Dakota, but everything else? Who knows, maybe one day I'll get really bored and just drive through all of them in a single run just to say I've been there (heck, MapQuest shows that if I fly into Bismarck, then rent a car and drive through all the central Sates I'm missing to Oklahoma City, it takes a mere 16 hours and 34 minutes (anybody want to share that drive with me?).

The world map for visited countries is pretty anemic, which is scary considering I've seen more of it than most people. Let's just make a list, shall we? USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong (China?), Indonesia, Malaysia, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), Ireland, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Vatican City, France, Belgium, Sweden, and Iceland.

When it comes down to it, there's really no place in the world I don't want to see... I want it all (Spain, Portugal, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, and Mainland China are first in line). I can only hope that I'll have the opportunity to experience a lot more of it before I go.

UPDATE: Finally visited Alaska, so that's off my list now.


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  1. Bad Robert says:

    Rent a car? The only thing that would make a trip through the mid-west cool would be to ride it on a bike! Head out thru Helena, Bismarck, Rapid City, Sioux City, Omaha, Wichita, Oklahoma City, Taos, Denver, Cheyenne, Boise, then home. That would kick ass! randmcnally.com says 4512 miles and 76 hours + 40 minutes so you could do it in a week easy.

  2. Dave2 says:

    Easy? A WEEK? Insanity. That would be 650 miles each day, 10 hours riding. The most I can ride on my motorcycle in a go is 5 hours (with stops!) before my ass falls off. So, unless you are volunteering to give me your cruiser, this is a two week trip minimum. I could never get that kind of time away from work.

    In a side note, thanks for the tip about RandMcNally.com! Ever since MapQuest dumped their “Road Trip Planner,” it’s been tough to figure stuff like this out. The RM planner rocks! Wish you could add more than ten stops though.

    I’m updating my entry to show the RM map I made for your trip plan. I wish I had three weeks to take it.

  3. Bad Robert says:

    Quit being a weenie If you go in August you can hit Sturgis!

  4. Right on – you just don’t know what you are missing, since you seem to feel bored already with thinking about driving around the Midwesterne States.

    I just did so – including Eastern Montana and Wyoming AND North and South Dakota, and I can tell you, at photos of the Great Plains would be welcome.

    Because – they ARE indeed boring, but when you have driven for about 3 hours without the landscape changing at all, your mind starts to wonder.

    Then – my boy – it is time to go an pay respect to Crazy Horse Memorial (forget Mt Rushmore). Since this Native American, who is being honored posthumely is worthwhile studying. He lived on those plains once and just think what he said about it: “My lands are where my deadlie buried”

    Think about that, just think about that.

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