So I FINALLY (holy crap am I slow) uploaded all the road trip photos to flickr. This is the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scrimshawism/sets/72157634978110092/
so if you want to look at them all (there are a lot), you can.
And here is the link to my lovely train ride to and from Illinois, and all the views I happened to see along the way:
Sorry it took me so long to post this on my blog Grandpa!