Pictured: The Soccer Odyssey has amassed a mustache of dead bugs over the first 16,000 miles
Yesterday afternoon I left Dallas to head east toward Atlanta where I will be catching the sold-out Atlanta United FC match on the Fourth of July. After a few hours of driving, I crossed into a new state, Louisiana, which got me thinking “just how many states have I driven through?”
After some quick research, I discovered Louisiana was the 32nd state I’ve visited on the tour (and I’m using that term loosely — for me, simply driving through and stopping for gas constitutes a visit.) This morning, that number increased by one as I entered Alabama.
Looking ahead, it’s quite possible the only states of the Contiguous United States that I will not see on my journey are the Dakotas, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming.
For those curious, here’s the 33 states I’ve seen through my first 131 days of The Soccer Tour, in chronological order (to the best of my memory).
I am an idiot and forgot Mississippi (remembered how to spell it though)
— The Soccer Tour (@TheSoccerTour) July 3, 2017
I’ve also been through two provinces in Canada (Quebec and Ontario) with only minimal issues at the border… and, of course, Washington DC (on more than one occasion).
UPDATE: I forgot Mississippi. Make that 34 states.