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About The 1st Draft

I am a 30-something English teacher living in the Midwest who loves books, television, soccer, a good conversation, Cardinals baseball, and playing with my adorable nieces and nephews.

Making it home

Miles driven: 687.9 (second to last day) + 416.9 (last day) Pages read: 151 Well it’s been a week so I guess you all figured out that we made it back. I’m combining our last two days into one because … Continue reading

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Rushmore, burgers, and Badlands part 2

Miles driven: 326 Pages read: 329 I woke up this morning feeling like I was being cooked in an oven but it turns out that was just my tent. As soon as I got out, it was a pleasant 60 … Continue reading

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Signs, sweet tea, and Solo

Miles driven: 609.4 Stops for gas: 3 Times we failed to get ice at the gas station: 3 This morning we headed back east for the first time of the trip. I was a little bummed but Noah was a … Continue reading

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Freezing temperatures, gorgeous views, and a rainbow trout

Miles driven: 368.3 Fish caught: 1 beautiful rainbow trout This is what I woke up to at 4:15 this morning outside my tent: I use the phrase “woke up” loosely because sleep was really hit or miss last night. I … Continue reading

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Yellowstone misadventures

Miles driven: 128.2 Pages read: 128 Steps taken by Megan: 16,574 Steps taken by Noah: Probably less because he has really long legs. If you haven’t read yesterday’s post yet, go ahead and do that now. For those of you … Continue reading

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Majestic bison, hail storms, snow-capped mountains, and a long, hot shower

Miles driven: 502.5 Tics found in car: 11 This morning I set my alarm for the first time of the trip. I wanted to make sure we were up early so we had time to have breakfast and go on … Continue reading

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Pizza Ranch, the Badlands, and BISON!

Miles driven: 301 Fish caught: 4 Pizza slices eaten: 18 Noah got a little fishing in this morning before we said goodbye to quiet little Moon Lake. We didn’t have enough wood left for a fire so I had a … Continue reading

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Air conditioner noises, adventures in camping, and lots of lakes

Miles driven: 364.8 Pages read: 305 Fish caught: 1 Today we got down to the real business of this road trip: fishing and reading. It was also the day we worked out some kinks. Last night we pulled in to … Continue reading

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“Very hot” temperatures, cheese curds, and soap

Miles driven: 406.4 This morning we slept in a bit and started out after a hearty breakfast made by our host. Before we left I checked the weather and noticed that Chicago has quite a different definition of “very hot” … Continue reading

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Megan and Noah’s Epic Road Trip Across America begins!

Miles driven: 438.5 About five or six years ago I had stopped in my hometown on one of my road trips and was talking to my oldest nephew, who was around 11 at the time. He said he wanted to … Continue reading

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