|This is the illustrated
of my grand western motorcycle excursion in the glorious summer of
2004. My journey from Green Bay, WI, to Glacier National Park, MT,
followed Federal highways. I discovered that these routes used to have
names, that they were at one time aligned with the railroads, and that
the railroads of course ran along rivers. Driving the interstates
nowadays, you may arrive at the notion that the roads are wholly new.
They are not. They come out of the places we have always been and go to
the places we have always wanted to be by trails that were old, time
out of mind.
I traveled 3500 mi and bought nearly 100 gal of fuel at an average cost of $1.98/gal.
Mean fuel economy was 37.3 mi/gal overall and ranged between 35 mi/gal (the red line in the graph) and 40 mi/gal (the blue line). I obtained better mileage in the east where speed limits were lower.
US 141 from Green Bay, WI, to Iron Mountain, MI
The Bois Brule
US 2 to Arvilla, ND
The Buffalo Commons
US 2 to Shelby, MT
Glacier National Park
The Big Sky
US 2 to Browning, MT
The Wide Missouri
US 12 to Eau Claire, WI