The Long Run

I’ve written about my love for exploring the backroads of North America…roads that see very little traffic, roads that I can have all to myself and enjoy at a relaxed pace while taking in the scenery. However, back in the ’90s, when I had the ability to sit for hours on end, there were a few occasions when I was intent on making good time, for one reason or another. On these trips, I drove the LeMans over 1000 miles in less than 24 hours…no sleep, stopping only for restrooms, gas, food and a few photographs of the scenery:

April 1992: New Mexico to Oklahoma to Texas, 1095 miles in 22 hours

May 1994: Texas to Indiana, 1049 miles in 18 hours

September 1996: Indiana to Oklahoma, 1255 miles in 23 hours

September 1996: California to Colorado, 1051 miles in 17 hours

September 1998: South Dakota to Indiana, 1124 miles in 17.5 hours

And prior to those events was one grand piece of insanity that occurred in June of 1991: a sleepless marathon run from Marin County, California to northern Indiana: 2337 miles in 38.5 hours.

That journey was not a conscious attempt to set a record or to make a statement. I’m not sure why it worked out the way that it did. Attribute it to the energy of youth, or the hubris of youth.

In any case, never again. It’s been many years since I’ve had interest in that type of travel.

Any such trips in your past that you’d like to share?

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Petting Zoo

Probably the earliest known photo of Carl on a road trip, April 1965 (age 2). Per the notation on the slide, we’re somewhere along the Mohawk Trail. We lived in Northampton, Massachusetts at the time. This shot was captured by my grandfather.

Perhaps we’re seeing the genesis of my interest in car travel, and my fondness for wildlife.

(Decaying) Kodak Ektachrome film

Sundown

In addition to our usual pre-dawn arrival each day at the Buffalo Peaks Ranch this past October, we picked one afternoon to return for our first look at the ranch glowing under the light of the low western sun. The mood was quite different, and there was much excitement as we ran around and clicked away at all of the wonderful new presentations of light and shadow. We stayed until the sun fell behind the distant mountains.

Ilford SFX 200 film

Buffalo Peaks Ranch
South Park, Colorado