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jzehnder1202 in Alabama is doing 8 things including…

visit all 50 states


jzehnder1202 has written 9 entries about this goal


Summer 2010:
Flew into Albuquerque, New Mexico (#44). Driving tour of the northern half of the state using the interstate and country roads. Stopped in Santa Fe and toured the Capitol then got back on the road and reached southern Colorado by dark. Colorado was a re-visit.
Day 2- took in all the scenery. Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and met an old college buddy in Golden.
Day 3- I-70 West through mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park, Coors Brewery Tour, drove up to Cheyenne, Wyoming (#45).
Day 4- left Cheyenne to traveled east to the first town in Nebraska (#46).
Spent the rest of my trip exploring Denver and flew back from there.
I only need Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho and Montana. I can finish the lower 48 this May by running the Coeur D’Alene marathon in Idaho and crossing into Montana.

STATE # 43

I stopped off in the town of Keokuk, Iowa.
Only 7 to go but it will take at least another 4 years.
Here’s what remains:
2009: fly to Denver (already been to CO) but can check off Wyoming and Nebraska easily and then it’s a long but scenic drive to New Mexico and I can fly home from Albuquerque
2010: run a marathon or half marathon in in Spokane, WA or Couere d’Alene, Idaho and drive to Missoula, Montana. I’ve been to WA but not ID or MT
Then, I need Alaska and Hawaii.

number 41 and number 42

flew into Minneapolis and drove to Fargo, North Dakota for a marathon.
This leaves only 8 to go:
I’ll need at least 5 separate trips to do this.

number 40

chalk up Wisconsin. On a trip to Chicago for the half-marathon, I took a drive to the Milwaukee area. I’ve now been to every state east of the Mississippi.
Need to see: Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota, New Mexico, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii

up to 39 now

Flew into Vegas (revisit of NV). I didn’t do much there but did drive through Arizona on I-15. Yes, my feet did touch the ground and I checked out a small town. Then, I went to Zion and Bryce Canyon in Utah. I’ll certainly revisit Arizona as there’s much more to see there. The next two that I want to check off are Wyoming and Nebraska. Both are within easy reach of Denver, where a couple of my buddies live.

a little about my experiences (west coast)

Washington: stayed over night in Vancouver(across the river from Portland, OR) and had dinner there. I do intend to return
Oregon- my favorite of the 3, good experience running my first marathon in Eugene. Also saw Mt. Hood and the Pacific coast after flying into Portland.
California: vacation with my parents when I was 14. rode from LA to SF and saw nice coastal scenery (Big Sur was most memorable)

a little about my experiences (northeast)

I’ll start with the New England states:
Maine-took US 1 from the border up to Portland and saw the coast and Kennebunkport along the way. Cool scenery with the large rocks on the beach but way too cold to swim.
New Hampshire: my favorite of the New England states. Saw part of the White mountains and toured the state capitol in Concord. Intereting town and enjoyed the tour guide as well
Vermont-stayed in Rutland for a night and went out for dinner there. Foliage driving tour through Green Mountains.
Massachusetts: Plymouth rock when very young, don’t remember much of it but it still counts. I will be back if I ever qualify for the Boston marathon.
Connecticut and Rhode Island-same trip as MA, remember very little but also will return and check it out if I’m ever in Boston again.
New York: Baseball HOF in Cooperstown, most of the state is very rural. Also been to Buffalo but not NYC.
Pennsylvania: Philly and Pittsburgh and a couple of smaller towns. Lots of history in Philly and Pitt has some nice sports stadiums and amusement parks.
New Jersey: inlaws lived in Trenton area, saw Princeton Univ.

checked off 2 more

flew into Portland, OR for the Eugene marathon and got to see the Cascades and the Pacific coast. Stayed a night in Washington and went out for a meal.
37 down 13 to go.
Need to see the following:
3.Iowa-race or 3 hr. drive from Chicago, St. Louis
4.Wisconsin- 1 hr. from Chicago
5.Wyoming- close to Denver
6.Nebraska- close to Denver
7.New Mexico- fairly close to Grand Canyon and Denver
8. Arizona-see Grand Canyon
9. Utah- Zion, close to Grand Canyon
10.Montana- Spokane, WA to Missoula, MT
11. Idaho- Spokane to Missoula
12. North Dakota- Fargo marathon
13. Minnesota- Fargo marathon
I want to do this ASAP because the way gas prices are rising, it may soon be prohibitively expensive to do all that driving.

35 down 15 to go

Alabama (all over)
Arkansas (Ozarks)
California (LA,SF)
Colorado (Colorado Springs, Pike’s Peak)
Delaware (coast)
Florida (all over)
Georgia (all over)
Illinois (southern tip)
Indiana (Evansville, Louisville,KY area)
Kansas- (southeast corner)
Kentucky (eastern part, Lexington, I-65,75)
Louisiana (New Orleans, northern part)
Maine- (Portland, coast)
Maryland (all over)
Massachusetts (Boston when very young)
Michigan (Detroit area when very young)
Mississippi- (coast, Tupelo, Jackson)
Missouri- (southeast and southwest corner)
Nevada- (Las Vegas)
New Hampshire- (Concord)
New Jersey- (Trenton)
New York- (Buffalo, Cooperstown)
North Carolina (Charlotte, Blue Ridge Mtns, coast)
Ohio (Cincy)
Oklahoma- (northeast, southeast corner)
Pennsylvania- (Pittsburgh, Philly)
Rhode Island (coast when very young)
South Carolina- all over
South Dakota- (Mt. Rushmore)
Tennessee- (Nashville, Knox, Memphis, Chattanooga)
Texas- (Texarkana, northeast corner)
Vermont- (Green Mtns.)
Virginia- (DC, Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk)
West Virginia- all over
To go:
Arizona, New Mexico, Utah (1 trip)
Wyoming, Nebraska (cut through corners after flying into Denver)
Wisconsin (1 hour from Chicago)
Montana,Idaho, Washington (Missoula to Spokane) Oregon do-able
Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota (1 trip)
I’m 26 now and hope to get this done before 35.


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