I listened to a lot of radio stations in six days of driving to the Mitten and three days of driving back to Gone West.
For instance, I can tell you that there is a radio station in Southeastern Wyoming that calls itself "Buckin' Country." My amusement level was high.
I turned off the radio and listened to Garth Brooks on my iPhone in Cheyenne, because obviously one has to listen to Beaches of Cheyenne and Rodeo while driving through Cheyenne.
There are songs that will forever remind me of pieces of that drive. One of them I heard for the first time along the river east of Gone West. When it comes on the radio, I see the cliffs rising on the side of the car all over again. One of them I let play for the first time in the mountains in the eastern part of State of Happiness, driving on snow under a temporarily clear blue sky. (I had always before switched away when that song came on, because it sounded boring. Now I like it.)
As I got closer to the Mitten, I started noticing all the songs that talked about doing things that everyone else thinks is crazy.
Mostly, as I drove, I scanned the airwaves looking for two songs that summed up the entire experience.
The first one was One Republic's Counting Stars:
Lately I've been, I've been losing sleep, dreaming about the things that we could be.
Hope is our four letter word.
Everything that drowns me makes me want to fly.
(The video is super weird.)
The second was Lady Antebellum's Compass:
Let your heart, sweet heart, be your compass when you're lost, and you should follow it wherever it may go.
(PS. What is UP with Lady Antebellum's name? I just can't even deal with it.)