There were times when we were able to stop along the road so that I could snap a photo or two. More often I took pictures "on the fly," meaning while the truck was rolling at 45+ miles per hour.
I need to look back at photos to remember all that we did and saw as we traveled from the deep South to the high North, dividing the nation into (for us) the states east of our route and those to the west. It certainly helps in remembering where, exactly, some of the states are.
Remember those fifth grade geography tests on which we had to label all 50 states? I failed at those. No really failed. My teacher kept giving me the test again and again. For some reason I would miss several states. Not always the same states. Just several wrong ones.
Meaning enough to fail. Meaning enough to have to take the test again. And again. I don't remember how that turned out, but I do know that I passed fifth grade.
I could probably pass that test now. Just saying.