Road Trip No. 2 — Day 2
November 3, 2008, 8:25 pm
Filed under: Adventure, Travel


MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Our journey across the West is complete. We got to Lisa’s home, in this suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul, about 7:30 p.m. Central Time. It took us just about 10 hours today to go 680 miles. Together with Sunday’s 685 miles from Spokane to Miles City, Mont., our trip was 1,365 miles in about 20 hours.

Looking back at how relatively little time it took to travel 1,365 miles by car, it’s hard to tell whether it makes the world seem bigger or smaller. Sure, the United States is huge and it takes a long time to cross — but not that long. The fact we were able to drive this entire distance in less than 24 hours actually, to me, makes the world seem a little smaller.

Anyway, it was cool to see parts of the country I’d never seen before. I can now add North Dakota and Minnesota to my “Where I’ve Been” map on Facebook. And I’m looking forward to the coming days, when Lisa and I will be exploring the Twin Cities. (By the way, a little Wikiwandering told me an interesting factoid. The greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area is the 16th-largest in the nation at 3.2 million. Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma is the 15th-largest at 3.3 million. And Spokane is the 107th at 456,000 people.)

A dozen photos from Monday’s trip are in the below slideshow.


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