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Morning photo: Road trip

“Hope the wind don’t blow me off the road tonight …”        ~Little Feat

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Dogs love road trips, too!

FRISCO — Ahhh, summer road trips. You don’t have to go far, you know. How about trying a new road in your own region, taking a left at that intersection where you always go right, and then see where it takes you. Adventures await beyond the horizon. These images are culled from a 2011 15-state, 5,000 mile marathon through the heartland, along the Mississippi all the way to southwest Florida — and back again through West Texas.

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Open Road!

Threading the needle on a road trip through the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Threading the needle on a road trip through the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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Thirteen-year-old Dylan gets his first taste of the open road in the backcountry near Badlands National Park.

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Badlands.

We met this strange bug on our windshield in Keokuk, Iowa, a lovely town along the Upper Mississippi.

We met this strange bug on our windshield in Keokuk, Iowa, a lovely town along the Upper Mississippi.

A few days later, we found our family name on a street in St. Louis.

A few days later, we found our family name on a street in St. Louis.

If your road trip takes your through Memphis, don't miss Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ, aptly named because it's only a few blocks off I-70. Best pork tips ever!

If your road trip takes your through Memphis, don’t miss Jim Neely’s Interstate BBQ, aptly named because it’s only a few blocks off I-70. Best pork tips ever!

A little longboard tow action in Vicksburg.

A little longboard tow action in Vicksburg helped keep the trip lively for the hormonal teen.

Motel room becomes impromptu office/social media center during a road trip. Pretty sure that's a dog on the bed (Shhh, don't tell).

Motel room becomes impromptu office/social media center during a road trip. Pretty sure that’s a dog on the bed (Shhh, don’t tell).

Roadside food in Louisiana.

Roadside food in Louisiana.

This dragonfly took a brief rest on our rooftop luggage rack.

This dragonfly took a brief rest on our rooftop luggage rack.

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Skateboard, laptop, MiFi … that’s how you survive 5,000 miles across the heartland with two dogs and a hormonal teen.

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About 115 degrees at this rest stop in West Texas, and we’ve got down sleeping bags in those stuff sacks on the roof.

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