The Midwest

This article covers two days of travelling between central upstate New York and Ogallala, Nebraska. My thoughts are brief because they summarize roughly 22 hours of insignificant highway travel. Between New York and Nebraska my wife and I passed through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa from east to west. The first four of states the kept continual toll fees that totaled roughly $25 along the way.

On the first day of travel a light rain turned into sleet and snow as we moved west across New York. Between Rochester and Buffalo enough snow had fallen in the night and morning to accumulate to about 4 inches and covered the ground and trees. The snow didn’t pose a threat to our travels, seeming to melt as quickly as it fell, so we pushed westward.

Snow in western New York (April 2017)

In Pennsylvania the rain and snow cleared up and we had sun for the rest of the day.

As we traveled along route 90, we had a steady dose of rolling hills and farmland. Just before driving into Cleveland we got a look at Lake Erie’s rocky shore with the interspersion of industrial docks. In western Ohio we began to witness flat terrain and large farms. From my observation western Ohio was more flat than most of Indiana which had more rolling hills. Little changed through Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska.

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Somewhere in Iowa

We passed through Omaha, Nebraska a dirty city that seemed to be undergoing significant construction on both the roads and the facilities.

Driving west along route 80, the terrain became once more significantly flat and the trees more sparse, though far from absent from the landscape. Paralleling the highway, perhaps a half-mile distance, curious small hills dominated the horizon. The hills had no vegetation aside from a low brown-green grass. In many ways the scenery in western Nebraska reminded me of west Texas before entering the Chihuahua Desert.
Although clearly a productive and important piece of the United States, the Heartland has little to offer the traveler aside from a place to sleep and eat while passing through.


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