Thursday, December 4, 2008

Road trips (indirectly running related)

One of my goals is to visit all 50 U.S. states and big road races often give me an excuse to visit locations that I normally would not see (ex. Fargo, North Dakota for a marathon). Here's an alphabetical list of where I've been so far and where I'd like to go soon.
Note: I've heard of a club that has a goal of running a marathon in all 50 states. I am not that obsessive. My only concern is to see at least a potion of all 50 states.
Drive-through counts but I make it a point to at least stop for gas or better yet a local diner.
Airport layovers do not count nor do flyovers.
42 down, 8 to go.
Alabama- live here. Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville, Gulf Shores.
Alaska- not yet. hope to run Humpy's half mary then go hiking.
Arkansas- Ozarks on an '06 road trip, passed through West Memphis, Little Rock, Pine Bluff
Arizona- NW corner between Vegas and Utah ('08) , will return to see Grand Canyon
California- vacation with parents in '95. LA,SF, Santa Barbara, Pacific coast. I want to see San Diego and race there.
Colorado-vacation with parents in '96. Pike's Peak, Colorado Springs, will return to visit a buddy in Denver and may run Garden of Gods or Bolder Boulder
Connecticut- passed through on the way to Boston when very young, will return only if I ever qualify for the Boston marathon
Delaware- beach just up the Coastal Highway from Ocean City, MD
Florida-Miami, Tampa, Okeechobee, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola
Georgia-Atlanta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah, Valdosta, north GA mountains
Hawaii- not yet, I'll find someone to race with there.
Idaho- not yet, I'm aware of races in the area
Illinois- Chicago half '08, passed through southern IL on an '03 road trip.
Indiana- I-65 to Chicago, stopped in small southern IN towns and Chi suburbs for meals.
Iowa- not yet, hope to race in St. Louis and drive 3 hrs to the border.
Kansas- SE corner on '06 road trip to Ozarks
Kentucky-Lexington, Appalachia, Bowling Green plus other small towns
Louisiana- New Orleans and northern portion
Maryland- Salisbury, Ocean City, Baltimore/DC, Frederick, western portion
Maine-Portland, Kennebunk
Massachusetts-Boston, Plymouth (too young), return only if I qualify for Boston marathon
Michigan- SW corner during Chicago trip, also Grand Rapids when very young
Minnesota- flew into Minneapolis, drove from there to Fargo.
Missouri-SE and SW corners, hope to visit St. Louis and maybe race there.
Montana- not yet, will race nearby
Nebraska- not yet, will cut through a corner near Denver
Nevada-Las Vegas
New Hampshire-Concord, White Mountains
New Jersey-Trenton, Rutgers
New Mexico- not yet, near Grand Canyon
New York-Buffalo, Cooperstown, Albany
North Carolina-Charlotte, Asheville, Blue Ridge mountains, Carolina Beach, Chapel Hill
North Dakota-Fargo marathon in '09.
Ohio- Cleveland, Sandusky, Canton, Marietta
Oklahoma-SE and NE corners
Oregon-Eugene (marathon), Portland, Coos Bay, coast
Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Altoona, Harrisburg
South Carolina-Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, used to live here.
South Dakota-Rapid City, Mt. Rushmore
Tennessee-Gatlinburg, Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis
Texas-Texarkana, NE corner
Utah-St. George, Zion, Bryce Canyon
Vermont-Rutland, Green Mountains
Virginia-Norfolk, Richmond, DC, Roanoke, Charlottesville
Washington-Vancouver, may race in Spokane
West Virginia-Wheeling, Charleston, Beckley
Wyoming-not yet, just north of Denver.

visited 40 states (80%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or try another Douwe Osinga project

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