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If you find yourself in Grand Island, Nebraska, as I did this morning, I recommend Trego/Dugan Aviation, the "FBO of the Plains," at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

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The "tail-dragger" plane in the foreground is the same age I am, and obviously better maintained.

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And when you find yourself in Rock Springs, Wyoming, as I was a few days ago, I recommend Siam King for its pan-Asian cuisine (actually good). The sky, reminiscent of Beijing, illustrates the effects of western forest fires.

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Rock Springs, in addition to being the source of most of the "trona" in the U.S., is a major truck stop along I-80. These were a few of the scores of mining trucks that occupied nearly all of the parking lot at the motel where we stayed, across the street from Siam King:

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I am no longer sure exactly which river this is in Nebraska -- and even in lush times rivers in this area typically have a wide sandy course. But compared with the last time I'd been over this route, the proportion of sand to water, after the midwestern drought, was much more dramatic today.

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On the other hand, Nebraska and Iowa are chock-a-block with windmill scenes like this:

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It's a big amazingly diverse country. Obvious point but newly dramatic when you've been on the road [sic]. Now back home and back to work.

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James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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