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Mitch's Official Trans-America State Awards List



All awards are of the opinion and judgement of my own. They are not necessarily statistically factual since my perspective is limited to only the highway, county roads, and/or towns I was passing and may or may not be a true reflection of the entire State. These awards are for fun only and are not meant to be taken too seriously. No offense is intended.


Each State has it's own personality and character and is so appreciated. America would never be America without each and every State being who they are. I loved each State for all of it's strengths and weaknesses. Each State contributes to the whole and makes America truly great! Blessed be the Name of the LORD! — Mitch Metzger, Trans-Am'er - 2019


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This was my most breathtaking scene on the entire trip.

OREGON


Oregon: 1st Place for Most Trees

Oregon: 1st Place for Most Logging

Oregon: 1st Place for Most Passes above 3,000 Feet

Oregon: 1st Place for Best Parks for Bikers

Oregon: 1st Place for Most Breathtaking Scene

Oregon: 1st Place for Best Biker Hostel on Trip (Spok'en Hostel in Mitchell, OR)

Oregon: 1st Place for Most Marijuana Stores

Oregon: 1st Place for Most Chain Saws Sighted

Oregon: 1st Place for Massive Fresh Clean Water

Oregon: 1st Place for Most Money Found on the Roadside

Oregon: 1st Place for Most Snow Sighted

Oregon: 1st Place for Most Cold

Oregon: 1st Place for Fruit Plantations


Idaho had so many rivers beside highways

IDAHO


Idaho: 1st Place for Most Rivers beside Highway

Idaho: 1st Place for Most Impressive Rivers

Idaho: 1st Place for Mountain Lions near Campsite

Idaho: 1st Place for Deer near Campsite

Idaho: 1st Place for Railroads converted to Bike Trails

Idaho: 1st Place for Longest Downhill of 15 Miles



The many trucks of Montana

MONTANA


Montana: 1st Place for Biggest Sky

Montana: 2nd Place for Most Wildlife

Montana: 1st Place for Most Antelope

Montana: 1st Place for Biggest & Most Gophers

Montana: 1st Place for Most Cattle

Montana: 1st Place for Most Round Hay Bails

Montana: 1st Place for Most Big 18-Wheeler Trucks

Montana: 1st Place for Longest, Steady Climbs

Montana: 1st Place for Massive Grass Grazing Farms

Montana: 1st Place for Skinny Deer

Montana: 1st Place for Most Highway Memorial Crosses


WYOMING


Worst Weather at Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming: 1st Place for Most Wildlife

Wyoming: 1st Place for Tourism Traffic (Yellowstone)

Wyoming: 1st Place for Most Bison

Wyoming: 1st Place for Moose Sightings

Wyoming: 1st Place for Erupting Glaciers

Wyoming: 1st Place for Worst Weather at 9,000 Feet

Wyoming: 1st Place for Scariest Campsite

Wyoming: 1st Place for Giving Bear Fears

Wyoming: 1st Place for Personal Suffering

Wyoming: 1st Place for Snow Storms

Wyoming: 1st Place for State Most Wanting to Escape From.

Wyoming: 1st Place for Coldest Nights

Wyoming: 1st Place for Most Expensive Overnights


COLORADO


Hoosier Pass: Highest Point on the Trip

Colorado: 1st Place for Bumpiest Highways

Colorado: 1st place for Longest Bicycle Trails

Colorado: 2nd Place for Worst Weather above 9,000 feet

Colorado: 1st Place for Regular High Elevation 11,000 feet

Colorado: 1st Place for Most Muscular Deer

Colorado: 1st Place for Making Me Cry

Colorado: 1st Place for Highest Point on Trip

Colorado: 1st Place for State with Mountains & Flats (West and East)

Colorado: 1st Place for Most Outdoor Sports/Recreation Orientated


KANSAS


Kansas receives Mitch's Award for Overall Favorite State

Kansas: 1st Place for Flattest Highways

Kansas: 1st Place for Farming Work Ethic

Kansas: 1st Place for Most Servant Heart State

Kansas: 1st Place for Modest, Simple Living

Kansas: 1st Place for Farms without Excess Equipment.

Kansas: 1st Place for Corn and Wheat

Kansas: 1st Place for Feed Lots filled with Cattle

Kansas: 1st Place for Manure Production for Fertilizers

Kansas: 1st Place for Farm Smells

Kansas: 1st Place for Oil Wells

Kansas: 1st Place for Natural Gas Wells

Kansas: 1st Place for Polite Drivers Passing Bikers

Kansas: 1st Place Overall Award from Mitch.

Kansas: 1st Place Most Wind, Side and Headwinds

Kansas: 1st Place for Mitch's Favorite Restaurant: Eads, KS

Kansas: 1st Place for Nicest Waitress (Eads, KS)


MISSOURI


Missouri is known for it's unending rolling hills

Missouri: 1st Place for Rolling Hills

Missouri: 1st Place for Shifting Gears the Most

Missouri: 1st Place for Day after Day, Unending Hills

Missouri: Tie: 2nd Place for Most Beautiful Lawns w/ Virginia

Missouri: 2nd Place for Most Lawn Mowing Activity

Missouri: 1st Place for Most Humid & Sweating State


ILLINOIS


Cave-In-Rock, IL was 2nd Place for Cutest Town

Illinois: 1st Place for Most Teenage Drivers Shouting Out their Car Windows

Illinois: 1st Place Oldest, Poorly Repaired Bridge (crossing Mississippi)

Illinois: 1st Place for Oldest, Dirtiest Highway Shoulder (entering Chester, IL)

Illinois: 1st Place for Giving Me a Long Detour at Cave-In-Rock, IL

Illinois: 1st Place in Slow Replacement of Broken Ferry at Border

Illinois: 2nd Place for Cutest Small Town: Cave-In-Rock, IL

Illinois: 1st Place for Most Broken Electric Outlets at Campsite

Illinois: 1st Place for Favorite, Friendly Waitress in Cave-In-Rock


KENTUCKY


Kentucky homes

Kentucky: 1st place for Most Green, Thick Grass

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most Chasing Dogs

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most Litter beside Highway

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most Beautiful Lawns/Front Yards

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most Poultry Chicken Farms

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most Horse Fences

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most White Property Fences

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most Rebellious Dogs

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most Difficult to Understand Accents

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most Dirty, Littered, Personal Properties

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most Hillbilly Atmosphere

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most Beautiful White Churches

Kentucky: 1st Place for Poverty (opinion only)

Kentucky: 1st Place for Most Elevation Gains within 100 miles Distance

Kentucky: 1st Place for Hardest Climbs


VIRGINIA


Victory Monument in Yorktown, VA at Trans Am Finish Line

Virginia: 2nd Place for Hardest Climbs

Virginia: 2nd Place for Chasing Dogs (West only)

Virginia: 2nd Place for Most Beautiful Lawns

Virginia: 1st Place for Professionalism

Virginia: 1st Place for Most Historic

Virginia: 1st Place for Most Presidential Atmosphere

Virginia: 1st Place for Most Active or Retired Military (opinion only)

Virginia: 1st Place for Most War History

Virginia: 1st Place for Most Holy Ground Feeling Atmosphere

Virginia: 1st Place for Most Federal/Government Feel

Virginia: 1st Place for Best Meal (Norfolk after finish line)

Virginia: 1st Place for Hardest, Steepest Individual Climb

Virginia: 1st Place for Taking the Most Breaks because of Hills

Virginia: 1st Place for Zooming By Traffic

Virginia: 1st Place for Cutest Small Town (Yorktown, VA)



All awards are of the opinion and judgement of my own. They are not

necessarily factual since my perspective is limited to only the

highway, county roads, and/or towns I was passing and may or may not

be a true reflection of the entire State. These awards are for fun

only and are not meant to be taken too seriously. No offense is meant.

Each State has it's own personality and character and is so

appreciated. America would never be America without each and every

State being who they are. We love each State for all of it's strengths

and weaknesses. Each State contributes to the whole and makes America

truly great! Blessed be the Name of the LORD!


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My name is Mitch Metzger. I am a former U.S. Marine who has been a Christian missionary in the Philippines from 1988 until present. I have traveled and preached in 28 countries and all 50 States in the USA.

 

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