Todd Schoonover in Coudersport is doing 37 things including…

visit all 50 states

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Todd Schoonover has written 12 entries about this goal

50 Hawaii

I’m sitting in the Honolulu airport waiting for my connecting flight to Hilo. I can now say that I’ve been in all 50 states.



49 Montana

I spent last night in Montana and had a wonderful meeting with our own Lin who was a wonderful tour guide of Whitefish Montana. This is a gorgeous town that I would love to spend more time in. It reminds me of Shelly as being a creative place that blossoms with energy. I’ll have to bring her here sometime.

I’ll be exploring more of the state today, but only on the western side. With this state visited, I only have Hawaii left. I’m debating running a marathon there to cap off this goal. Of course I’m also very tempted to see Mahinui’s treehouse too when I go there.



48 Idaho

Yesterday I drove through the top of Idaho. It was a nice drive through the mountains on I-90 which is very close to where I grew up in Pennsylvania and what I use to get to Buffalo or Cleveland or Detroit or Chicago. It’s fun driving on the same road that I drive on in Pennsylvania in another state. (I loved driving on Route 6 in Colorado which is what my apartment is on in Pennsylvania for example.) I didn’t even stop in Idaho yesterday but I intend to investigate it more today on my trip back to Seattle.



47 Oregon

I flew to Seattle yesterday and drove down to Portland and spent the night there making Oregon my 47th state visited. Portland was pretty nice and the people I met were very helpful and friendly. I realize there’s a lot more to the state to see than just Portland, but I needed to get back to Seattle for the first of four 43Things meets that I’m doing. Maybe some other trip.



Wrapping Up The Continental

To finish off the lower 48, I just have to get Oregon, Idaho and Montana. I’m looking at doing this around the last weekend of June. I’ll be planning on flying into/out of Seattle, so I can finally meet the Robots as well as the Seattle based 43ers past and present. Hopefully by then Matty will be in Australia with LL, but if he isn’t I’d love to hook up with him for a run too. I’m hoping that Roxi and Cookie will be around so I can come see them in Vancouver, or have them come down to hang with Joshito and HippiePig and me.

I don’t have a firm schedule yet, so I’m putting this out here now so that if you think I absolutely have to see something in one of those three states (or want to hook up in Washington state), you can let me know now. I’ve got a cousin in Thompson Falls, MT that I plan on visiting, but otherwise have no set travel path for those states.



46 Mississippi

This past weekend I marked off another state toward hitting all fifty. Mississippi was similar to most other states I’ve visited. The trees and landscape may be slightly different, but they all are filled with the same kinds of structures (Wal-Marts, gas stations, etc.). I did get to see some cool lightning, and run a 10K there. One thing I did notice is that while Tennessee and other states had postcards available at most truck stops, Mississippi didn’t. That was disappointing.

Here’s the states I visited over four days last week:

1. Pennsylvania (starting point)
2. North Carolina (revisited)
3. Tennessee (revisited)
4. Arkansas (revisited)
5. Missouri (revisited)
3. Tennessee (revisited)
6. Mississippi (state #46)
3. Tennessee (revisited)
2. North Carolina (revisited)
1. Pennsylvania (ending point)



45 of 50

Last week I hit five new states in a whirlwind twelve state tour. I could have driven an extra couple hours and gotten Montana too, but I was pushing it as it was to get back in time for my flight home. Here’s the states I visited last week:

1. Pennsylvania (Starting Point)
2. Colorado (revisited)
3. New Mexico (state #41)
4. Arizona (revisited)
5. Utah (state #42)
2. Colorado (revisited)
6. Kansas (state #43)
7. Missouri (revisited)
8. Iowa (revisited)
9. Nebraska (revisited)
10. South Dakota (state #44)
11. North Dakota (state #45)
10. South Dakota (revisited)
12. Wyoming (revisited)
2. Colorado (revisited)
1. Pennsylvania (End State)

Remaining states to visit:

Hawaii
Mississippi
Oregon
Idaho
Montana

I’ll hit the bottom three in a road trip that involves flying into Seattle and pestering Joshito and the Robots. I’ve already warned Deni that I’ll visit her to get Mississippi. Anyone want to go to Hawaii with me? Mary Hawkins do you need Hawaii?



Tickets Bought

I bought my plane tickets today and reserved my rental car. I’ve adjusted my itinerary somewhat so that I can include Topeka, KS so I can meet SBedsaul and let her use my body as her canvas. I also am taking a more direct route to the Four Corners monument, and this will help me save some miles because at this point it’s being increased from 2500 to 2900 miles round trip over those seven days. I’ve also rerouted so that I can hit Mount Rushmore since I don’t ever plan to be in South Dakota again.

Once again the target states will be UT, NM, KS, SD and ND. I’ll also be in CO, AZ, NE, MO and WY. I’m tempted to hit MT too, but my cousin lives on the other side of the state so I’ve got a chance to visit there another time. Time frame is Saturday June 9 through Saturday June 16.



2007 Plans

Well I didn’t hit any new states last year even though I had been trying to develop an agenda with which to do it. That’s changing this year though, because I’ve already got a map planned out for June. I’ve bought concert tickets for a benefit concert in June at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado, so I’m going to take a week around it to hit some states. Here’s my plan as it’s developing:

Starting with Denver, CO I’ll head to Grand Junction, CO then over to Moab, UT (adding Utah to my visited list). From there I’ll head to Blanding, UT then the Mexican Water Trading Post in Arizona. I’ll then head to Farmington, NM and the four corners landmark to cross New Mexico off the states I need.

From there, I’ll be heading to Garden City, KS to knock off Kansas from my list. I’m tempted to head to Topeka to meet Shelly, but I’m not sure I can fit that in.

From there, I’ll be heading to North Platte, NE and then Pierre, SD which takes off the first of the Dakotas. Then it’s off to Bismarck, ND followed by Dickinson, ND. That takes out the second Dakota. On the way back down to Denver I’ll pass through Rapid City, SD and some of Wyoming.

This knocks off five states I need in this 2500 mile adventure. Hmm, I wonder if I should try to organize a Denver 43Things meet up on Sunday June 10th around lunchtime since my concert isn’t until 6pm.



2006 Plans

My goal for this year is to at least hit the remaining continental states. My parents are going to Hawaii in February on a cruise and had invited me, but with my company being sold I don’t want to take the time off to go. I’m using 43Places to find out about the states I need to visit so I can make a road map like in the movie “Elizabethtown” to make sure I visit all the places that people recommend.



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