As a teenager more than fifty years ago I promised myself that someday I'd see this aircraft in person. Finally in May of 2018, the stars aligned and I decided it was time to make the journey. The Valkyrie is stored in the National Museum of the USAF in Ohio, nearly three thousand miles from my home and I decided that rather than fly, rent cars, eat in restaurants and stay in motels, I'd just drive. It would take sixteen states, three time zones, six thousand miles, a quite a few tankfuls of diesel, five audiobooks and a lot of time at the wheel.
My schedule allowed for just two weeks to complete the mission, so much of my route would have to be on four-lane Interstate highways, but I was determined to squeeze in some two-lane, somehow, somewhere. Two-lane highways are most fun but slowest way to travel.