Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

F-250 & the Badlands

Road notes, and some wonderful images, from photographer Jarrod McCabe who is on the American road this week, driving a 1971 Ford F-250 from Bozeman Montana to Framingham, Massachusetts. (Autoliterate found one 1971 F250 for sale today on ebay; looks okay from here. But it's long way from here.) All images © 2011 Jarrod McCabe

                                               Daybreak Ford, South Dakota

"we pulled into the badlands about 1:30am on saturday the 17th.
i tested the high beams again.  they can only run straight for maybe half an hour.  then something happens and they flicker on an off.  it was a bit worrisome the first time it happened.  but just click them off and run them normal and they're fine.  not sure what that's all about.  the high beam switch is a small round button on the floor that is clicked with your left foot. 

we woke up before sunrise to see the badlands in early morning light and take pictures.  it's funny how i can wear myself down when i'm on the road so much and not even think about it, but i knew i'd get a good nights sleep in boulder, our next stop.

i ran the tank way down on our way to boulder.  it was a good 70 mile stretch on 18 & 85 between Edgemont and Lusk, WY.  i just had to see how far down that needle went.  part of me wanted to run out of gas just for fun." -JM  

                                                  Badlands N.P., South Dakota
                                                              Electric Badlands                                                                        
                                                                  Daybreak, Badlands.
                                         Road at Daybreak, South Dakota
                                                                Interstate Antlers

1 comment:

  1. Being a Montana girl, this photo made me laugh out loud -- or maybe it was the photo's title that made me laugh.