I realized that I kind of skipped over the first part of our cross-country trip in my previous post. It’s not that there weren’t sights to see, but that we were eager to get out west and we wanted to reach Portland in six days. We started out from New York on Route 80, quickly through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, a rainy stretch in Ohio, past Chicago, then we switched to Route 90 in Wisconsin. We made a short stop in La Crosse, Wisconsin to get a look at the Mississippi River – this paddle boat cruises down to Memphis and back. All along our route were acres of farmland, fields of corn and lots of gigantic windmills which looked so cool!