We are home. After 14 days of driving across 11 states…mostly western and mid-western states…we have many thoughts of who the United States is and changed in the past eight years when we took the same drive. Our experiences are about simple things that we observed..
Infrastructure improvement is exploding across the West especially the upper mid-west. Roads, hospitals, airports, colleges, and bridges. North Dakota looks to using their windfall of taxes from their oil/gas bonanza to rebuild their state from scratch. Montana seems to be right behind them. The rest of the country should thank North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Texas and Oklahoma for all of the wealth they are providing the rest of the country.
The gas prices were an eye opener, $1.99 in Minnesota to $3.51 in California. Looks like the far west state governments are taxing the heck out of their residents who use gasoline.
By the way, if you can, never drive through Denver or Las Vegas. Horrible traffic any time of the day. Matches Los Angeles or San Diego.
The good news is that gas mileage on cars have improved dramatically in the past eight years. We averaged over over 33 miles per gallon with the Honda CRV driving the speed limited. One thing I noticed this trip was the impact driving into a 20 mph head wind has on your gas mileage. Drops it from 33 to 25 mpg. When are the car company engineers going to improve the aerodynamics of our vehicles?
Part 2 tomorrow on the food, service, hotels and family.