We spent Friday evening loading up the jeep, then Saturday morning loading it up some more. As we readied to pull out Saturday morning, I took a few quick pictures of the loaded down jeep. A guy from our apartment complex yelled from his balcony out asking if I was selling the jeep; I replied no, that we were going to on a road trip. He asked where we were going, and I yelled up that we were going “coast-to-coast,” he looked incredulous, and said: “You’re kidding!” “Nope,” I replied, “We are leaving right now!” And with that, we were off.
Coming over the Appalachians, we discovered that the jeep, when loaded down with about 500 pounds of extra gear, cannot climb hills/mountains at high rates of speeds. We found ourselves having to down shift to fourth gear just to be able to climb the mountains at 55 MPH; the speed limit was 65 MPH for most of this, so we had a lot of people passing us. We ended up joining the big trucks in the right line to make a slower climb up the hill.
We arrived in Cincinnati, Ohio around 7:30 PM to help my friend Aaron prepare for his wedding. We camped out at the wedding site with Aaron and most of the wedding party.
Through this days travels, we crossed through Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia again, and then drove most of the way across Ohio.
Wedding, all day. Very hot, especially in a wool tuxedo. I (Jeff) was feeling rather strange by the end of the day; I think the heat actually started to get to be pretty bad. All in all it was a great wedding service, and we are happy to see that Aaron and Mary are now together forever. We spent the night on the north edge of Cincinnati with some friends of a friend. Thank you so much Delia and Galen!
Got up early, and proceeded to get a lot of interstate driving done. Most of it was at the speed limit of 70 MPH, so we made great time. We left Ohio at the Kentucky boarder, headed though Indiana, Illinois, and are currently in Missouri.
We spent about an hour in St. Lewis admiring the arch, and the Mississippi River, both a site to see.
Walking back to the jeep, we were caught in a sudden downpour, and decided to wait it out under the awning for a river casino; that is, until I realized that we had left the jeep windows down, and which point we took off though the rain to arrive soaked in our soaked jeep.
Click on the map to see where we've been:
Our accomplishment so far.