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Got a warning from a Texas state trooper for doing 67 in a 65. Bored much?
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I'm packed and ready to leave at 0-dark-30 on my road trip that will finish off Georgia and South Carolina.

I will try to post pictures on LJ and Facebook.
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And now let's go to the map... )

County counting highlights:

This trip covered about 3000 miles.

42 counties added to the list this trip, including two in Michigan that I thought I had been to before. Current county count is 2329, or 74.1% of the total of 3141. (For Canada: 149, or 50.9% of the total of 293.) (For Mexico: 4, or 0.2% of the total of 2442. I don't plan to finish Mexico.)

Illinois and Indiana are now complete. I have now been to every county in 28 of the 50 states.

Capitol buildings in Springfield, Lansing and Indianapolis now visited. I have now been to 40 of the 50 state capitol buildings. (Remaining: AK, HI, ID, MT, NC, ND, OR, SC, SD, WA, and the US Capitol) (For Canada: remaining legislative assemblies are AB, BC, MB, NL, NS, PE, SK, NT, NU, YT)

Unchanged is the count of 45 of the 50 states visited (remaining are AK, HI, MT, ND, WA).

What's next? Depends on where I take my pre- or post-OGWW road trip. Maybe West Virginia and Kentucky, maybe Wisconsin and Michigan.
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I'm back from my roadtrip to Springfield, MO, Springfield, IL and Springfield, MI, among other places. I added 20 new counties to the map (which will be updated soon), and have now been to every county in Illinois and Indiana!

The full set of photos can be found (with sketchy explanations) here.

I found a great place for Browncoat shindigs!
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Not for any nefarious reason, mind you. I just wanted to see the countryside and reconnect with nature before Hell Week™ starts tomorrow. I drove up to Livingston, across the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation to Woodville, down to what's left of Sea Rim State Park, and back up through Port Arthur and back to Houston. (Hey [livejournal.com profile] wonderleafy -- yes, that's the park you stayed at. Hurricane Rita took it out. The entrance is all boarded up now with "do not enter" signs all over it, and "Park closed - No entry" painted on the boards. Looks depressing. On my way back from where Highway 87 is closed, I saw a camper van pulling into the entry, almost oblivious to the massive signage.)

This exposes part of the dichotomy that is me. I crave my alone time, and yet I'd happily trade it for some one-on-one time with a very special woman...
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Lots of bullet points inside )

Total new counties: 26 in 3 states (MI, OH, IN).
Finished state: 1 (Ohio).
Time spent with my best friends: Priceless.
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I'll be landing in Buffalo later today, then roadtripping through Ohio and Indiana, then returning to Buffalo to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] fapiece and [livejournal.com profile] ladycrim, then heading to London to see [livejournal.com profile] jjloa, then to Toronto to see the whole Whoser gang!

Don't break anything while I'm gone!
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And quick it was! (Pictures within) )

(This subdivision has a number of streets named after Hollywood people and places: Gabor Drive, Gillis Drive, Ben Casey Drive, Ponderosa Drive, McQueen Place, Edie Adams Drive, Ernie Kovak (sp.) Drive (these two are not near each other), Lon Chaney Drive, Cary Grant Drive, Errol Flynn Drive, Charlie Chan Drive, Dan Duryea Drive, Danny Kaye Drive, Gomer Pyle Drive, George Burns Drive, Dean Martin Drive, Alan Hale Drive, Gary Cooper Drive, Alan Hale Drive, Slattery Drive (not that Slattery, I don't think)...)
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Random trip notes:

The highlight of my three-day trip to the Sunshine State was Tallahassee. The state capitol is the tallest building in town, at 22 stories, and it's in fact the only skyscraper in the city. It seems like a nice town.

Gas prices were just over $2 everywhere I went.

New Orleans still looks like hell.

Attention jealous Canadians: I went to the beach )

I have now visited all 3 locations of Lambert's Cafe, The Only Home of Throwed Rolls! And yes, they do throw rolls at you.

25 new counties, US total now 2239, North America total now 2372. My county map has been updated )
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Not much, what's gnu with you?

Took a week's vacation last week. I wanted to drive up to meet [livejournal.com profile] locknestra, but funds were not sufficient to do so. So instead I drove to Dallas for a few days. I had a great time catching up with [livejournal.com profile] jcello over lunch at El Chico (mmm), and worked on some theater stuff for Mom.

Then on Wednesday I drove to Little Rock and visited the Clinton Presidential Center. It's smaller than the Bush Library, and is set in a narrow, ugly three-story building along the riverfront in downtown Little Rock.

So I've now been to the Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, Bush and Clinton libraries.  Five down, 11 to go.

I stayed overnight in Jackson, Mississippi, and Thursday drove the Natchez Trace Parkway to Natchez. The final segment of the Parkway around Jackson is now complete, as are the southernmost 8 miles heading into Natchez. It's as gorgeous a drive as ever.

So, onward to New Orleans for lunch, and back to Houston on Thursday night.

In other news: My improv troupe is going to be performing in the Dallas Comedy Festival! Come and see us if you're in the area!

Back to work tomorrow.

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