Working on the Route!

TOTAL 14,548 Miles… 93 Cities… 108 Days!!!
This is the preliminary route for my cross country journey in mobile radio lab, In Search of the Great America. I plan to visit all 48 contiguous states, asking people to define their Great America, past, present and future.

In Search of the Great America Phoenix to Fargo

The Preliminary Route

AZ – Phoenix, May 16
AZ – Show Low, May 17, 180 mi
NM – Albuquerque, May 18, 243 mi
NM – Springer, May 19, 190 mi
CO – Pueblo, May 20, 146 mi
CO – Denver, May 21, 116 mi
WY – Cheyenne, May 22 102 mi
WY – Lander, May 23, 272 mi
*****BREAK DAY, May 24, Tally 1249 mi
UT – Salt Lake City, May 25, 278 mi
UT – Cedar City, May 26, 252 mi
NV – Crystal Springs, May 27, 140 mi
NV – Las Vegas, May 28, 109 mi
CA – Los Angeles, May 29, 270 mi
CA – San Francisco, May 30, 283 mi
CA – Mt Shasta, May 31, 275 mi
*****BREAK DAY, June 1, Tally 1607 mi
OR – Roseburg, June 2, 184 mi
OR – Portland, June 3, 176 mi
WA – Seattle, June 4, 174 mi
WA – Kennewick, June 5, 213 mi
ID – Boise, June 6, 289 mi
ID – Lidy Hot Springs, June 7, 248 mi
*****BREAK DAY, June 8, Tally 1284 mi
MT – Billings, June 9, 364 mi
MT – Baker, June 10, 222 mi
ND – Steele, June 11, 254 mi
ND – Fargo, June 12, 153 mi

In Search of the Great America Fargo to Little Rock

SD – De Smet, June 13, 203 mi
SD – Sioux Falls, June 14, 97 mi
*****BREAK DAY June 15, 1093 mi
MN – St James, June 16, 119 mi
MN – Minneapolis, June 17, 118 mi
WI – Wisconsin Dells, June 18, 216 mi
WI – Milwaukee, June 19, 122 mi
IL – Chicago, June 20, 92 mi
IL – Galena, June 21, 164 mi
*****BREAK DAY, June 22, 831 mi
IA – Waterloo, June 23, 106 mi
IA – Des Moines, June 24, 111 mi
NE – Omaha, June 25, 134 mi
NE – Aurora, June 26, 127 mi
MO – Kansas City, June 27, 276 mi
MO – Nevada, June 28, 94 mi
*****BREAK DAY, June 29, 848 mi
KS – Fredonia, June 30, 100 mi
KS – Wichita, July 1, 88 mi
OK – Oklahoma City, July 2, 161 mi
OK – Ardmore, July 3, 99 mi
TX – West, July 4, 173 mi
TX – Houston, July 5, 198 mi
LA – Lafayette, July 6, 217 mi
*****BREAK DAY, July 7, 1036 mi
LA – New Orleans July 8, 135 mi
MS – Jackson, July 9, 187 mi
MS – Cleveland, July 10, 121 mi
AR – Little Rock, July 11, 184 mi

In Search of the Great America Little Rock to Boston

AR – Forest City, July 12, 93 mi
TN – Jackson, July 13, 133 mi
*****BREAK DAY, July 14, 853 mi
TN – Nashville, July 15, 129 mi
AL – Mooresville, July 16, 113 mi
*****PERSONAL TIME, July 17-21
AL – Birmingham, July 22, 83 mi
GA – Atlanta, July 23, 147 mi
GA – Tifton, July 24, 181 mi
FL – Tarpon Springs, July 25, 283 mi
FL – Jacksonville, July 26, 256 mi
*****BREAK DAY, July 27, 1192 mi
SC – Charleston, July 28, 238 mi
SC – Georgetown, July 29, 61 mi
NC – Charlotte, July 30, 178 mi
NC – Bath, July 31, 289 mi
VA – Virginia Beach, Aug 1, 132 mi
VA – Culpeper, Aug 2, 189 mi
DC – Washington, Aug 3, 71 mi
*****BREAK DAY, Aug 4, 1158 mi
MD – Baltimore, Aug 5, 39 mi
MD – Ocean City, Aug 6, 147 mi
DE – Wilmington, Aug 7, 119 mi
PA – Philadelphia, Aug 8, 32 mi
NJ – Newark, Aug 9, 86 mi
NY – New York City, Aug 10, 11 mi
CT – Bridgeport, Aug 11, 62 mi
*****BREAK DAY, Aug 12, 496 mi
RI – Providence, Aug 13, 120 mi
MA – Boston, Aug 14, 59 mi

In Search of the Great America Boston to Pentwater

ME – Portland, Aug 10 112 mi
ME – Rangeley, Aug 11 131 mi
NH – Campton, Aug 12 142 mi
NH – Manchester, Aug 13 66 mi
*****BREAK DAY, Aug 14 630 mi
VT – Chester, Aug 15 88 mi
VT – Burlington, Aug 16 134 mi
NY – Skaneateles, Aug 17 249 mi
PA – Ridgway, Aug 18 211 mi
OH – Chagrin Falls, Aug 19 170 mi
OH – Columbus, Aug 20 146 mi
*****BREAK DAY, Aug 21 998 mi
WV – Buckhannon, Aug 22 220 mi
WV – Charleston, Aug 23 113 mi
KY – Pikeville, Aug 24 108 mi
KY – Louisville, Aug 25 214 mi
IN – Indianapolis, Aug 26 114 mi
IN – West Lafayette, Aug 27 68 mi
*****BREAK DAY, Aug 28 837 mi
MI – Detroit, Aug 29 278 mi
MI – Grand Rapids, Aug 30 158 mi
MI – Pentwater, Sept 1, 83 mi
*****BREAK DAY, Sept 2-4, 436 mi
TOTAL 14,548 Miles… 93 Cities… 108 Days!!!

I will start in Arizona, where I live, and end in Michigan, where I grew up, I am very interested in notions of home and how they determine our world view. The first question I’ll ask each participant in this project is “Where did you grow up and what was it like growing up there.”  Also, where you grew up says a lot about who you are now.

The Podcast Questions:
-Where did you grow up and what was it like?
-Was there a time in history that you thought America was great and why?
-What is great about America now for you?
-What does your great America look like in the future?
-Who are we when we are at our best?

In Search of the Great America

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Coming soon! 

In May, performance artist Laura Milkins embarking on a 5 month journey In Search of the Great America , a mobile radio lab art project. From May – October 2020, she will travel the 48 contiguous United States in a mobile radio lab, asking people to define their great America: past, present and future.

  • Where did you grow up and what was it like?
  • Was there a time in history that you thought America was great and why?
  • What is great about America now for you?
  • What does your great America look like in the future?
  • Who are we when we are our best as citizens?

In October, the trip will wrap up with a visit to Hawaii and Alaska, where she’ll rent a vehicle and complete the interviews.

Milkins is searching for connection and healing in these divisive times. By visiting 97 cities, across 50 states, and interviewing over 200 guests for this podcast, she hopes to discover the diversity and complexity of this Great America. And perhaps discover the dreams we share in common.