I have a brother that lives in DC and each year they would embark on the "Great Western Roadtrip" to see family out in Colorado and Utah. I have been planning (for about 3 years) a trip from Central IL to Boise, ID to go see some friends. So I guess this is my Great Western Airtrip. I tried to combine this trip with doing some IFR training (see thread here) but the insurance company wasn't having it. So I ended up doing this solo. Starting point was 3MY in Peoria, IL. I did not want to do it all in one day, so I picked Scottsbluff, NE as the overnight. That would allow me to go over the Wyoming/Utah/Idaho mountains the next morning before the bumps kicked up. Norfolk, NE was the first fuel stop. Since I was not doing IFR training along the way, I figured I could add a minor detour. After Norfolk, I headed northwest towards Rapid City so I could circle Mt Rushmore. Here is the route. I left on Tuesday Sep 22. I ended up being a little delayed due to an issue with my eye that required a quick trip to the eye doctor. Don't worry FAA, I was legal. I hadn't filled up the tanks from the day before when I had gone to Traverse City to visit a friend. I did a quick calc and knew I could get to Norfolk with what I had. Norfolk was nearly $1 per gallon cheaper than my home field so it would save me a little money. If the headwinds were worse than forecast, I had a stop short option planned. Departure out of Peoria was uneventful. I got my flight following with Peoria Approach and got on course. I quickly saw how hazy it was going to be that day. I had never seen it so hazy in the Midwest before, and of course it got worse as I went west. Warning: my pictures aren't great. They are all just shot off my cell phone through my crappy plane plexiglas. Galesburg Midwest landscape (probably Iowa) Haze Headwinds were fine so I didn't have to stop short. My approach to Norfolk was pretty pathetic. They have 2 runways and I thought I was heading for downwind on one but was actually seeing the other. *sigh* Nobody else was in the pattern so I corrected and landed. Pulled up to self serve, put in 77 gallons and was on my merry way. I headed Northwest from there towards Rapid City. The haze kept getting worse but I had about 12 miles minimum. It got really bumpy towards the SD border, but then the scenery got cool. I have lots of Badlands pictures so I won't bother you with all of them. Badlands Unfortunately my Mt Rushmore pics didn't come out great. It was really bumpy and I stayed further out than I was required to be. Here's probably my best attempt. From there I looped around the wilderness area and bumped my way to Scottsbluff. A fun day.