Day 11 – Alaska to New Jersey

Day 11 was May 19th, 2017 and we were still a day early.  The house we had rented was not available until the 20th so we ended up having a short drive day and stopped a few hours from our final destination on the Southern Jersey Shore.

Because of this, it’s the last day I took photos of our trip.  I was too excited to finally be arriving at our new “home” that I didn’t worry about documenting the trip and just, as they say, “enjoyed the ride”.

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Day 10 – Alaska to New Jersey

This was the day we woke up early and got excited because the night before we had decided that because we were making such good time on this trip, we could afford to get off the interstates and explore some 2-lane highways.   This let us reacquaint ourselves with rural, middle America – where both of us spent most of our teen years – and avoid the traffic jammed cities of Indianapolis and Columbus.  These two cities, in my personal experience, are ALWAYS busy with loads of construction.  I very much liked the idea of avoiding them while having a chance to see a slower version of the Midwest.

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Day 9 – Alaska to New Jersey

The ninth day of our move was May 17, 2017 and we spent the day driving through Minnesota, Iowa and into Illinois.

Driving through Iowa on our way from Alaska to New Jersey.

This was the first day we really had to deal with any bad weather.  Many years ago we had lived a short time in Iowa so we were familiar with the risk of tornadoes, especially during late spring / early summer.  The clouds were ominous and there had indeed been tornadoes in different areas of the country associated with this storm, but we were fortunate and saw no real signs of the weather turning quite that bad for us.  We managed to outrun the worst of it.

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Day 8 – Alaska to New Jersey

Day 8 was May 16, 2017 and we were now driving from Wyoming, across South Dakota and into Minnesota.  As we crossed time zone after time zone it started feeling “real” that we were back in the Lower 48.

Driving through Wyoming on our way to New Jersey from Alaska.

One of the strangest things for me personally to get used to in Alaska was the significant time difference from the East Coast which impacted weird stuff that messes with your sense of normalcy.  Like football starting at 8:00 in the morning – very odd, but cool.  Now we started to feel normal again.

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