State Capitols · Midwest Tour
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Day Date Stopped at Highlight
1 Tuesday, July 10, 2007 Hermatage, TN Pick up Pat
2 Wednesday, July 11, 2007 St. Louis, MO St. Louis Arch
3 Thursday, July 12, 2007 Kansas City, MO Paying $3.219/gal for gasoline :-(
4 Friday, July 13, 2007 Omaha, Nebraska Two capitols and a Beatrice in one day
5 Saturday, July 14, 2007 Sioux Falls, SD Lunch with Bill
6 Sunday, July 15, 2007 Pierre, SD 635 miles of flatness
7 Monday, July 16, 2007 Rapid City, SD A stunning capitol and a dinosaur
8 Tuesday, July 17, 2007 Rapid City, SD No travel, just sightseeing
9 Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Wheatland, WY Devils Tower - WOW!
10 Thursday, July 19, 2007 Colorado Springs Two capitols, lunch with Drew
11 Friday, July 20, 2007 Colorado Springs, CO A significant setback
12 Saturday, July 21, 2007 Santa Fe, NM Pat has to leave -- BUMMER! :-(
13 Sunday, July 22, 2007 Amarillo, TX Cadillac Ranch
14 Monday, July 23, 2007 Russellville, AR Alanreed humor
15 Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Birmingham, AL Pics of the rig!
16 Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Aiken County, SC Hammer down day but home at last; trip summary
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In September, 2006, I decided to take a series of trips to visit all the state capitols. Except for Alaska and Hawaii :)

You can visit the State Capitols Overview page for information about prior trips which include the Northeast Tour, the Southeast Tour and the River States Tour. Now we're conducting the Midwest Tour.

On all the trips over the last three years, we've been traveling/sleeping/eating/resting/etc. in a 2000 Chevy Cargo van. While on the River States Tour this past March I began to think about making a change to the type of vehicle we use. I have wanted to have better control over the environment in the sleeping quarters. And it would be nice to be able to have someone join me on a trip. This meant that the sleeping arrangements would have to change.

In March, April and May I researched all sorts of alternatives. Long story short, in June I traded the van for a 2004 Ford Ranger Pickup Truck and bought a truck camper that sits in the bed of the truck. The camper has heat and air and two separate sleeping areas. Plus a refrigerator, a sink, a closet, etc. Hopefully we'll be traveling more comfortably. Pictures of this new rig will be sprinkled through the day pages.

The Navigator and I will be hosting a fellow traveler on this trip. Briefly, her name is Pat, she and I went to High School together (many, many years ago :), she lives in Phoenix, AZ and I visited her last year on the Missing States trip. That's her pic to the left. Click here for more info about Pat.

Visit the Route Overview page for specifics on this trip.

Like the previous state capitals trips, The Navigator has laborously laid out the trip using the fantastic Street Atlas mapping software from DeLorme. He claims this software is one of the best investments he's ever made.

Be sure to visit the "State Capitols We've Visited" page which is kinda fun. Test your knowledge about the states and their capitols.

And now, come join us on the trip! Just click on one of the day pages above to get started.

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