Illinois waterway visitor center

From this visitor center and Wikipedia I learned that there’s a 100 mile canal here that connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi river.

Crossing Mississippi

I’m biking east along Interstate 80 and today I crossed the Mississippi river. This feels like a major milestone to me. Good bye, Iowa, hello, Illinois! Right next to where I’m crossing the river is Rock Island, which is said to be the largest arsenal and the only Army foundry in the US. I haven’t…

F/A-18F

I’m doubling down on the painting part of the model making. This is the most fun part of the whole process for me. I’ve used 6 layers in this model. First, the entire model is painted gloss white. Then silver as the metallic base layer. Two shades of transparent blue on top to create shiny…

World’s largest wooden nickel

I’m biking east along Interstate highway 80 and today I’m visiting the “world’s largest wooden nickel”. It’s 16 feet / 5m across. First, when the Americans say “world’s largest” they really mean “America’s largest”. I find it cute in the same way teenagers can be cute. I genuinely love the unabashing exceptionalism and the moral…

Des Moines, IA

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m in Des Moines, Iowa. When you look around in downtown, it’s quite noticeable. Buildings are interconnected with pedestrian bridges, forming an extensive network of enclosed walkways. It’s called Skywalks. According to one article, it appears to be a result of a series of fortunate events, rather than…

Jesse James historical site

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m stopping by at Jesse James historical site. He is apparently a “legendary” criminal of the Civil War era. He was active as a guerrilla / militia man of the Confederate during the Civil War, and I guess he couldn’t adjust back to civilian life after the war?…

Avoca, IA

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m in Avoca, Iowa, just because my ex-colleague at Sun Microsystems told me this is his home town. I grew up in the center of Tokyo, where the population density is roughly 20,000/km2. I had 4 train stations in the walking distance, and all of them had trains…

Omaha, NE

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m crossing the Missouri river. Leaving Nebraska behind and entering Iowa, two states that I have never been to. It took me 35 days to cross Nebraska, which was 735km. Crossing Iowa will be “just” 495km so that should be a little easier, I didn’t think much of…

Airbrushing

I continue to put together more models. Another pandemic coping mechanism of mine. The part of the process I’m enjoying the most at the moment is painting by airbrush. There are so many layers of fun in painting. First, what color? I spent some time on the internet, looking up what colors real Lamborghinis are…

Kohsuke’s virtual bike trip

To clear any confusions I might have created, let me clarify how I’m organizing this virtual bike trip. I sleep every night at my home in San Jose. Everyday, I take my bike out and ride it around my neighborhood. Usually in the morning, about 10-15km, to switch into the work mode. In the weekend,…

Seward, NE

I’m biking east along I-80 and I’m in the middle of nowhere. One thing I always wondered about American midwest is how the roads are forming a perfect grid. I can imagine how one city can do that, but playing with the map for this trip, it’s clear that the grid stretches much bigger areas,…

The Archway

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I went through the Archway. It looks like a bridge over I-80, and it sure draws attention. How did they manage a permit from the DoT!? I have a feeling random Joe wouldn’t be able to pull this off! Turns out this whole project was conceived by the…