The BadlandsMe at the BadlandsI was a bit concerned about wearing sandals...A prarie dog hanging out at the Ranch Store.Feeding the prarie dogs!A prarie dog munching on a peanut.Me holding two bags of prarie dog food at the Ranch Store, near the Badlands in South Dakota.The granddaddy to my car, a '61 Subaru Sambar... basically a tiny version of a VW bus, cute as ever at the Pioneer Auto Show in Murdo, SD.A few of the multitudes of license plates hanging on the walls at the Pioneer Auto Show.At the Pioneer Auto Show - Murdo, SD.A tiny little BMW and a vacuum cleaner that apparently made it all the way to South Dakota from Ithaca. "We're from Ithaca." -- "The vacuum cleaner is from Ithaca!"Straight as an arrow, huge skies.Just fields.Not much out here...South DakotaHuron, SD: Home to the World's largest pheasant. This baby cow at the Ingalls homestead took great pleasure in chewing on my sweatshirt.After getting directions to the grocery store from the ShopKo, we found out that they had moved out 3 months prior without leaving directions to the new store.Sioux Falls.A strange animal we saw in Sioux Falls... a prarie dog? We later found out it was some sort of squirrel.Dan and Chicago-style pizza: crust, massive amounts of cheese, then a hole lot of tomato sauce on top. It took something like 45 minutes to cook...We came for the Chicago-style pizza.Me washing the windows atop the Hancock Building in Chicago.Dan and Sara look down on Chicago.From the top of the Hancock Building in Chicago.From the top of the Hancock Building in Chicago.From the top of the Hancock Building in Chicago."The Bean" reflecting the skyline of Chicago.Underneath "The Bean". Sara, Dan and I are upper-middle right in pink, blue and yellow shirts.Dan and I pose in front of a giant shiny bean.Chicago and the bandstand we were supposed to meet Dan at.Dan and Sara admire this fountain in Grant Park.Driving into ChicagoWelcome to IllinoisDealing out the pasta for lunch.A strangle little bear from the Cleveland Zoo.The first big brown grizzly bear we would see on our trip...A bald eagle that was ridiculously close to the path.This eagle was so close, it took a minute to figure out if it was real.The giraffes at the Cleveland Zoo.A rhinoceros.ElephantsDriving into Cleveland on I-80/90.The interstate...Welcome to Ohio.Eating our first meal on the road... some tasty turkey sandwiches.First gas stop, next to a fancy car with flames.The lowest price we'd pay for gas on the trip in Erie, PA.Pennsylvania apparently prides themselves on supplying tourists with fireworks...Welcome to Pennsylvania.Vineyards along the interstate.By the end of the trip, the back of the car was just a chaotic mess...Back in Union Springs again...Southern OhioHeading back east across Ohio & Indiana...A St. Louis specialty... fried ravioli. They turned out to have beef in them, so I got to have them all!St. Louis-style pizza... thin crust, special "provel" cheese.Eating our St. Louis-style pizza at an empty farmer's market.Options for our St. Louis-style pizza.The gateway arch in St. Louis.The mighty Mississippi River in St. Louis.Me and the Gateway Arch.We planned to set sail on the mighty Mississippi but our plan was foiled when the boat broke down and they closed for the day.Budeweiser neon sign at the brewery. Inside this building we saw all the bottling and canning lines.One pampered Clydesdale (that's a horse).It began to pour right as we were to start our walking tour of the Budweiser brewery in St. Louis.The only thing we saw in every state we went. We only were unable to resist the temptation--that is unable to find somewhere else to eat--once.Kansas City barbeque: roast beef, ribs and ham slathered in bbq sauce with fries.Kansas City barbeque.Leaves at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.Sara through one of the birdies at the Nelson-Atkins.One of the birdies at the Nelson-Atkins.We cooked up pasta in the stove and worked on finishing off our jumbo pack of fish sticks.Flat America.Something's a bit off with their grammar in Kansas... Ready to set off after a good night's sleep.A deer and a two-headed cow.Luckily we were starting up pretty high already...Up the Wonder Tower, there's... more junk!Outside the Wonder Tower appears the stuff that just wouldn't fit inside...A gourmet road meal if I ever saw one...Cooking up fish sticks on a rest stop grill.44 fish sticks... a feast by any calculation. Apparently they were a "Great Value" as well.Hammond's Candy Factory in Denver.Our really bad hotel in Denver, complete with elevator and continental breakfast. I doubt we'll come again...The pool at the Best Inn in Denver. I was really looking forward to going swimming...The view out our hotel room... you can just make out the mountains in the background.Driving through the Rocky Mountains. As if we didn't spend enough time in the car as it was, we didn't have to leave it to eat!Eastern Colorado.A moose outside the China Gourmet.A rocky mountain.Sign on the dumpster at Yellowstone.Taking a walk through Grand Teton Nat'l Park. Geiser at Yellowstone.Warning about buffalo at Yellowstone.Our campfire dies down for the night...A buffalo joins us for dinner at our campsite...A buffalo joins us for dinner at our campsite...Cooking chicken nuggets over the fire at Yellowstone.Carrying sticks to the campsite for a fire.A buffalo grazes outside our car in Yellowstone.A buffalo in the rear-view mirror.Sara and a waterfall in Yellowstone's grand canyon.Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.Yellowstone Lake.In Yellowstone Nat'l Park.A bear near the west entrance of Yellowstone.A bear!Some interesting lichen.Headed towards Yellowstone in Wyoming.WyomingSpaghetti-O's cooking and overflowing on charcoal briquettes.Cooking a can of Spaghetti-O'sCooking Spaghetti-O'sMt. RushmorePacking up from our campsite.Our campsite near Mt. Rushmore.Cooking breakfast.Mt. Rushmore vending machine.Mt. Rushmore by night.Wall Drug: Wall, SD.The Badlands.The Badlands.Me in The Badlands.The Badlands, SD.Standing in front of a giant prarie dog (the world's largest?)Munchin on peanuts.Turns out there are bags of peanuts inside.The Ranch Store, site of the prarie dog feeding.Riding at caboose at the Pioneer Auto Show.At the Pioneer Auto Show.At the Pioneer Auto Show.The model town at the Pioneer Auto Show.The Pioneer Auto Show, tourist trap.Sara and the World's Largest Pheasant.The attraction in Huron, SD.Looking out at the Ingalls homestead and barn.Hangin at a rest stop.Apparently they like their milk in Sioux Falls, SD.Super Unleaded meant that it had ethanol in it, which meant it was super bad for your engine and gas mileage.What we thought was a supermarket and later found out was a clothing store.The Royal Fork Buffet, Sioux Falls, SDThe Royal Fork, Sioux Falls, SD.Our Royal Fork Buffet meals of choice. Mine's all yellow.What joys awaited within.Sioux Falls, SDWelcome to South Dakota.Foreboding clouds.We get a bit of rain.Minnesota Welcomes You.Cooking the pasta out of the wind.Cooking cans of pasta over an open flame, the way they were meant to be cooked.Iowa.The empty Iowa highway.The People of Iowa Welcome You.Attempting to warm up pizza in Chicago traffic.Baby chicks at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.Sara tries driving, hold on!Welcome to Michigan. We actually went by mistake and just went to get cheap gas before leaving.I'm not sure what sort of animal they were referring to, but a few of these were flashing. No sign of the animal, though.A triple tandem tractor trailer.Cooking pasta on the stove at a rest area. Cooking my dinner.Me and my newly cleaned car.Cleaning and packing the car.