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Many people dream of traveling to all 50 states. Bill and Barbara Windsor drove 29,000 miles on two-lane roads and visited all 50 states in one 148-day trip. We saw 2,500 towns, met fascinating people, took over 14,000 photographs, and recorded our experiences, observations, and interviews.
We visited everything from the Grand Canyon to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. We met interesting people every day, including two people who floated across the Atlantic Ocean on a raft and a couple who pedaled across America in two giant shoes. We met artists, waitresses, doctors, desk clerks, gas station attendants, tow truck drivers, mountain sculptresses, snow cone makers, a Gideon Bible deliveryman, the woman who has lived across from the White House in a tent since 1981, and many others. We enjoyed 181 pieces of pie.
We presented a business card to everyone we met. It said: “We are traveling to all 50 states writing a book about the places we go, the sights we see, the people we meet, and the pie we eat.” Round America is the story of this trip. It was an incredible experience.This web site and our soon-to-be-published book give you the opportunity to see America – all 50 states, enjoy many sights that most would miss, and read about our chance encounters with many interesting people. There was lot of humor along the way. In addition, we learned and re-learned lessons every day on the road, and we share those usually serious observations at the end of each day’s journal.
Complete information about the trip Round America is detailed as part of this web site. We anticipate that our book will be published soon. To begin reading, we recommend that you read our Trip Overview to learn about what prompted the trip, the planning we did, and our Rules of the Road. Then click on any link on our toolbar to read about what's most important to you. If you want to take the trip with us, go to the Daily Journal page, and start at Day 1 and work your way through to Day 148. If you want to read about a specific state, go to the Cities & States page, and click on the state or states of interest to you. If pie is your thing, the Pie We've Eaten section includes complete details on the 181 pieces of pie we managed to consume. If you like statistics, our Trip Scorecard page is interesting and fun.
Preparation is now underway for Round America II. We were scheduled to depart on April 1, 2008 at 9:15 am -- five years to the minute after the first trip began, but Barbara fell down a flight of stairs and broke her right ankle. Stay tuned for a new departure date -- to be determined after she heals. We will primarily visit places that we didn't see on the first trip. Complete details will be posted soon. As with the first trip, we will be looking for the best pie in America and the most unique sight in each town that we visit, so please email us with your ideas.
We will also be releasing a new version of this web site in the months ahead. The new format will provide a search function as well as many easy ways to find just exactly what's of interest to you. The new web site will also provide much more detailed information about sights we have seen.
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