A trip into the Deep South in mid-January marked a milestone of sorts for me. As I passed through Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana I was able to add three more states to the long list I have been able to visit in my lifetime. When I crossed into Louisiana, it was state number 47. I had not planned such an exploit earlier in my life, but my curiosity to see and learn more about the geography of the United States nudged me toward the achievement. Though these southern states are not the most exciting ones geographically, this trip was still an interesting one.
How I Reached 47 States
Many readers may wonder what state is number 48? I thought it would be fun to pass along a brief history of my six decades of travel and see how many readers could figure out which state has eluded me.
What’s your guess?
It doesn’t seem possible through all that gallivanting that it was possible to miss one of the contiguous states, but I did indeed pass one up. So get out your thinking cap, a good atlas, the Amtrak national map and figure out what state I missed through all that traveling. I’ll give one more hint: I missed the state by just a few miles on one of the trips mentioned above.
E-mail me with your guess and I’ll recognize you in a future Earth Matters column as a geographic whiz if you can guess the right state. Since I’m sure a few people will get the right answer, we’ll also add a tie-breaker. What trip was it that I narrowly missed touching down in that last state? Successful entrants will get a chance on a raffle to win a copy of my soon-to-be published book, Winding Roads, which chronicles the 1978 cross-country bike trip.