Summer

To Pittsburgh

Over a month later, I'm finishing the story of my cross-country road trip, continuing the standard of excellence I've established in regards to post frequency on this website. This post contains the least interesting photos of this series because the terrain ended up being pretty much the same after Badlands National Park ‒ flat and grassy.

Not much to see here

The point at which it occurred to us to check to oil level.

After Badlands, we made maybe another hour before the car started overheating again. This meant jumping from rest stop to rest stop and letting the car cool off for a while before continuing. At the rest stop in the above photo, it occurred to us to check the oil. It turns out, there was none, and I didn't have any extra oil in the car (foolish, I know). Along we went, hopping between rest stops until we got to Sioux Falls where we picked up some oil and considered a number of other options o make it the final 1000 miles without having to stop every 20 minutes. 

 

After adding oil, we kept trying to push along but continued overheating. We made it from Sioux Falls, SD to Worthington, MN, but were still overheating and it was past 9, so we stayed the night in Worthington. The next day, we kept pushing along, stopping every 30 or so minutes. At one point, we went through a pretty big lightning storm, and there were no rest stops. At one point, the rain was so heavy that everyone was pulling off to the side of the road, so we took that opportunity to give the car a break and add coolant which was still leaking out pretty rapidly. Fun fact, adding coolant to your overheating car in a massive downpour with lightning striking all around you is great. When I was almost finished, there was a strike no more than a hundred yards away. I jumped about a foot off the ground and knocked the radiator cap down onto the drip pan. Fortunately, it wasn't in the worst place and I was able to reach it. After that, we didn't overheat for the rest of the trip. I'm still not sure why.                                                                                                                                                                             We managed to make it all the way to South Bend, Indiana that day. We passed through Chicago on the way, and I never realized the skyline was so expansive. I know photos never convey a good sense of scale, but I just couldn't have imagined how truly massive it is. The Illinois tollway is also fairly impressive for a road. It's well paved, well lit, and has plenty of nice looking rest stops along the way. The difference between the road in Illinois and Indiana was incredibly stark. Once across the border, the interstate was shockingly dusty and filled with potholes. Good job, Mike Pence. 

After spending the night in South Bend, we continued on. Pictured below is Ohio, which had gigantic rest stops, pavement even lousier than California's, and not much else. 

Shockingly large rest stop with a food court. 

Beyond the cars is pretty much everything we saw driving through Ohio. No mountains, no lakes, few trees. Just lots of grass and corn. 

And that's it. I didn't take any pictures beyond this point because I did the final leg of driving, but there wasn't anything interesting to see anyway. A few hours later, we arrived in Pittsburgh and promptly got semi-lost downtown because I took the wrong exit, a consequence of not being able to see out of the back of the car and not being able to change lanes. 

The End. 

I'll be posting some of my photos from Pittsburgh at some point, but if history is any sort of indicator, it'll probably be at least another month. 

Two Star Photos of New Delhi

You can think of this as a filler episode. 

Jaipur to New Delhi was our next train journey. It was particularly hot and humid when we arrived - probably the hottest we'd experienced so far, and the air seemed fairly heavy with pollution. I'm not sure how long it had been since the last rain, the it was pretty hazy. I found myself really hoping for rain because it kept the air fairly clear for a few hours.

How Long Must I Wait?

Forgive my lack of posts. Trying to edit all of these photos in such a short amount of time really burnt me out. I promise to bring you a lengthy post with many photographs within a week. I have a couple things to say about this photo which I've organized into nice bullet points for your convenience:

  • This is one of the reasons I haven't posted anything. I finished it the other day and if you look closely you can tell I didn't really finish it, but rather just called it a day.
  • It is many many many photos and is a very very large file on my computer. Taking this many photos in almost a complete circle meant my camera was up to my face for rather a long time. This draws attention to you. After I finished, a man came up to me and asked me to take a picture for him, then asked me to teach him how to use his camera.
  • If you want to download it to see it in its full glory, life sucks for you. You can't! You see, if I wanted to upload this at its full size, it would take approximately the rest of time.
  • If you wanted to purchase it (hahahahaha!), I would actually finish editing out the lines which may not be apparent in this small version, but would definitely be apparent on a print on a wall.
  • Napoleon's apartment is ludicrous.

It was a good day for a panorama

Did I mention I have a Tumblr? Yes, yes I did, but I'm going to mention it again. Kyle Cameron Photography on Tumblr!

Why did I bring this up again? Because I'm about to bring up another person on Tumblr, inkyletters. I'm starting the first part of a collaborative project today with Inky Letters that will involve lettering, people, stories, photography, and video!