Road. “A way made for traveling.” – Webster’s New World Compact Desk Dictionary
When I first thought of a road for this week’s photo challenge, I thought of pavement with stripes down the middle – white or yellow dashes and/or a solid line – that allows people to drive easily from one place to another. Maybe something like this picture; I took it when shooting photos for the “tower” challenge – you can see one of the TV towers on the left. The grain elevators in Alleman, Iowa, are at the end of the road.
Can a river be a road? Lewis & Clark followed the Missouri and Columbia Rivers in boats as they explored the Louisiana Purchase between St. Louis, Missouri, and the Pacific Ocean. Modern travelers along Interstate-90 cross the Missouri River at Chamberlain, South Dakota. This picture is looking northwest from a rest stop and shows a walking path, the Interstate, the town, and the river.
Interstate-90 West takes a sharp turn south in order to cross the Columbia River in central Washington. This plaque at the overlook provided a little highway history.
“On the road again, I just can’t wait to get on the road again…” – Willie Nelson
We’ve done more than our share of traveling in the last year. All of it by car. All of it on paved roads. The longest trip was to Seattle and back: a 4171 mile adventure for a wedding that was not to be missed!
Rest stops are essential for driver and passenger alike on long trips. When the passenger gets excited by the landscape or is just a bit bored, the camera comes out and views through the windshield are captured. Though not of the highest quality, here are several.
Mountains in Montana are finally in view!
Heading west on I-90 in the rain, going up Lookout Pass in western Montana.
At the western end of I-90, merging onto I-5 North in Seattle, Washington.
Beginning the trip home via I-5 South to catch I-90 East.
A Solar Panel field off I-84 near Pendleton, Oregon.
Heading northeast on Highway-20 in eastern Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park.
We had so much fun getting away last fall we decided to visit Billings, Montana, for Christmas. We hadn’t counted on cross-winds with gusts over 40 MPH as we drove I-90 across a corner of Wyoming.
Approaching Buffalo, Wyoming, from the east.
“Take me home, country roads, to the place, I belong…” – John Denver
In this last road photo, we’re leaving Quincy, Illinois, and are headed home. It was just last Sunday and the Mississippi River was still high enough to close the Highway-24 East-bound bridge. The West-bound bridge is carrying traffic both ways.
Crossing the Mississippi River from Illinois to Missouri.
An Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of God’s hand.