Category Archives: Midwest

Blog posts from 50 States in 50 Weeks in the Midwestern part of the U.S..

50 States in 50 Weeks – By the Numbers: The Final Countdown

From Maine to Washington and Alaska to Hawaii, here’s the final numbers recap of 50 States in 50(ish) weeks: TIME: Total days on the road: 330 (a day over 47 weeks – which doesn’t count the four day break I took in Massachusetts at the beginning or the six days I took to see Alex for his birthday before heading to… Read more »

North Dakota – By the Numbers:

North Dakota, state forty-three, by the numbers: Total miles: 577 Total money gained: $0 Total money spent: $54.75     Gas: $51.25     Other transport: $0     Food: $0     Attractions: $0     Other: $3.50 Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $57.14 Total under budget: $2.39 Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $0 North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $0 ($206.50 from $100)… Read more »

North Dakota – Days 1-2: Robot Tours and Other Unexpected Awesomeness

My host in Fargo was awesome. For starters, he had some super great stories from his experiences at Burning Man. Then, he shared this website he made, bertytours.com, that takes people on a scavenger hunt tour of Fargo. I’ve been on the road for eight months and I have to say this is the most unexpected and fun thing I’ve done. Seriously. To start the… Read more »

Illinois – By the Numbers:

Illinois, state forty-two, by the numbers: Total miles: 193 Total money gained: $0 Total money spent: $39.12     Gas: $23.75     Other transport: $0     Food: $6.87     Attractions: $6     Other: $2.50 Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $85.71 Total under budget: $46.59 Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $47 North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $0 ($206.50 from $100) National… Read more »

Illinois – Days 1-3: From Concrete Wanderings to Strolls in Nature

My first day in Illinois was mostly spent running errands and being productive. I got a top off on my car fluids at Jiffy Lube. I swung by the post office and dropped something off. Then I went to Starbucks and worked on my blog and did some other computer related things. When Nathan, my friend from college, got off work I met… Read more »

Wisconsin – By the Numbers:

Wisconsin, state forty-one, by the numbers: Total miles: 417 Total money gained: $0 Total money spent: $54.39     Gas: $30.50     Other transport: $0     Food: $12.88     Attractions: $0     Other: $11.01 Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $85.71 Total under budget: $31.32 Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $5 North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $17 ($206.50 from $100) National… Read more »

Wisconsin – Days 1-3: An Impromptu Tour, A Night Out, and A Night In

A few days before I arrived in Wisconsin Alex had invited me on a virtual date. I decided my first afternoon in Madison would be a perfect time for said date. Alex found this vegetarian place called the Green Owl Cafe and we FaceTimed while we had lunch together. I was at Green Owl Cafe in Madison, WI and he was at home in Houston,… Read more »

Michigan – By the Numbers:

Michigan, state forty, by the numbers: Total miles: 742 Total money gained: $11.36 (A host gave me $10 to go to a museum, and another had me drop something off at the post office and there was $1.36 leftover.) Total money spent: $116.56     Gas: $68.50     Other transport: $5.00 (parking and toll)     Food: $37.06     Attractions: $0     Other: $6.00 Budgeted amount ($200/week… Read more »

Michigan – Days 1-4: A Bunch of Unexpected Awesomeness

My first day in Detroit I checked out Pewabic Pottery, one of the oldest pottery places in Detroit. While there, I learned that Pewabic created the art tiles for many installations across the country, most notably the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. and the Detroit Public Library. After checking out Pewabic I headed to Belle Isle. It… Read more »

Ohio – By the Numbers:

Ohio, state thirty-nine, by the numbers: Total miles: 485 Total money gained: $0 Total money spent: $57.86     Gas: $26.25     Other transport: $3.75     Food: $23.33     Attractions: $0     Other: $4.53 Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $114.28 Total under budget: $56.42 Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $0 North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $38.50 ($189.50 from $100) National Park… Read more »