PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES
This is an entirely non-political section of this blog, with random photos from my travels across the United States. Randomly updated…
Sheriff’s deputy blocks the westbound lanes on I-74 in Indiana, just east of Indianapolis. It was a major accident.
Another collection of trucks:
A freight train making its way through the valley right next to Devil’s Slide, Utah.
My new ride: Kia Optima! Another step into automotive purism… I had planned to trade in my Accord Sport at 50K miles, so when I reached that I started looking around for a good replacement. My default choice was another Accord Sport but with a 6-speed manual – it is a blast to drive… But that was precisely my problem. In the Accord I was always pushing the speed limits, so I decided to scale back and look for something more… docile. And pure, in other words free of as much electronic nonsense as possible. The Optima turned out to be, well, the optimal choice. This is the base model, but it is better equipped than my Accord was. It rides more comfortably and does not urge you to carve through the curves like you are on the run from the law. It is laid back and quiet. Plus, the torque band is wider than on the Accord. (That has always been my beef with Hondas – you have to pass 3,000 revs before they go into action.) Long story short – a trade up for less money.
Small two-engine plane taking off from Cheyenne airport. Pilot was probably happy there was no wind, which usually makes flights to and from Cheyenne a vomitable nightmare…
A couple of BNSF engines, idling while waiting to go pick up more coal upstate:
The more miles I put on my Accord Sport, the more I like it. A nice car for automotive purists who are sick and tired of the gadgetification of the automobile.
1970 Cougar Eliminator! Top of the food chain in the muscle-car era.
Accident on the I-80. A guy pulling both a fifth wheeler and a flatbed trailer with two ATVs probably got caught by surprise by strong cross winds:
Another freight train. Somewhere in Wyoming:
This is the highest point on I-80 anywhere between Hackensack, NJ and San Francisco. It’s 8,640 feet above sea level, and a 2,000-feet elevation over the 39-mile distance from Cheyenne: I-15 near Brigham City, UT: It takes monstrous power to move coal out of Wyoming. Here’s where that power comes from: Busy I-405, Seattle, WA: A UPS Cargo 747 trying to look beefy next to a FedEx Cargo… is that a Lockheed Tristar? At Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska: Traffic jam on I-90 through the Snoqualmie, Washington state. In the right lane, that’s a Honda Pilot behind an older Ford Escape. In the left lane, the newest (and quite overdone) iteration of the Hyundai Sonata behind an old Mazda 626. In front of the Mazda, a Ford Fusion: Interstate 84, just east of La Grande, OR. Interstate 5, somewhere in central California: Autobahnkampfwagen: Interstate 5, just north of Roseburg, Oregon: Gary, Indiana. Not the first place you’d want to stop for a snack and some gasoline: Ohio Turnpike. The silver sedan is a Hyundai Genesis. My new Accord. Great car! I-17, outside Flagstaff, AZ, looking south. The spaced-out Acura TL: A real gem – Pontiac Grand Ville, probably from 1973. No price tag. I’d give a lot to cruise through the Wide Wild West in this babe…: Somewhere in Nebraska: The second-generation Toyota Camry Solara. The first generation was well designed but this second-gen model was, well, wallowy. It looked like something that could have come out of a GM design studio: Interstate 70, somewhere in Kansas: Last-generation Mercedes E-class, a nice example with panorama sunroof and a cool, classy blue color: Interstate 84, somewhere in Idaho. Dodge Charger V8 AWD, in the service of an Iowa State Trooper: Indiana Toll Road: Interstate 25, just north of Cheyenne, WY. Looking south: Ford Taurus SHO. A beautiful example:
A rare example of a rare species – Acura NSX making its way through Denver commuter traffic. God bless the man who keeps it alive! Ford Mustang Convertible, only a V6 but still a decent car. In the background, a classic early ’90s Camry: Random selection of cars, eastbound on the I-80. New S 550, last-generation Taurus and a ten-year-old Buick: