Away Out West

Tomorrow we hit the road, once again heading west to connect with our West Coast family. Having done this so many times, we’re challenged to find a new route to get from Virginia to Washington. This year will be our first time taking a diagonal route across the U.S. Tomorrow we head towards West Virginia, and follow a number of non-interstate routes through Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska. Then we’ll cut through corners of South Dakota and Wyoming on our way to Montana, Idaho, and ultimately ending in Seattle, Washington. The total trip should take about 8 days. First stop, Stout, Ohio, notable because its official name is Rome, after the city in Italy, but it was originally laid out by William Stout, which the community and even the US Postal Service uses as its name. Population in 2010 was 94, having started in 1870 with 471 and steadily shrinking since then.