My best memory would be the drive across the country from Albuquerque, NM to Chicago, IL. When I moved to Chicago in 2005 I left my 1978 Cadillac Coupe Deville with my friend Dave to take care of it while I got settled. About 4-5 months later, I flew back to Albuquerque and met up with Dave any my Cadillac. We left to Las Vegas, NM for one night, that’s where he was living, and then we left at six in the morning. I vividly remember the sunrise over the NM desert, it was a mix of red, orange and yellow and it went on and on across the sky.
So our first stop was in Dodge City, KS for lunch. We ate and took a couple of photos by a large train engine. Then of course we said, “Let’s get the hell out of Dodge”. The next stop was in Kansas City to see our old college friend. We spent the night there and then left in the late morning after breakfast. Our next destination was Des Moines, IA. Dave talked the whole time about how many corn fields there were. After a quick lunch we headed east towards the mighty Mississippi River. I remember crossing the Mississippi and then we stopped on the other side and took a few photos. That felt like such an accomplishment to make it that far in two days.
Onward to Chicago and I remember seeing the city skyline from the West. I knew we were close we just needed to get to the north side of the city. The Cadillac handled like a dream and we didn’t have any problems or breakdowns. Dave and I still talk about the road trip and reminisce about how fun it was.