But going in reverse-chronological order, on my second-to-last day of driving I visited the Promised Land, AKA Lebanon, KS. If you're not from the USA (or not from Kansas, frankly) and you were curious what Lebanon was like, here's the video version of Google street view! XD
It was Sunday when I drove through, so everything was closed. (Though I did stop to take a pic of the gas station, because it's where steeplechasers's spn_summergen fic from last year took place: Charmer & Gentle.) And I guess by everything I think I mean the small market on main street, the gas station, and the curio shop.
The nearest BIG cities to Lebanon, as far as I could tell (and at least if you're driving East-West; idk about North-South, but TBH I don't think you hit anything big south of Lebanon until Salina, and north would be, what.. .Sioux Falls?), are probably Denver, CO, Lincoln, NB, and Kansas City, KS/MO. And Lawrence, which is west of KC, and houses KU. After that, idk... Colby? Which has more than one motel and houses either Western Kansas U or Northern Kansas U, I don't remember.
Anyway, a forewarning: THIS IS NOT AN ACTION-PACKED VIDEO. But it's quite peaceful. And come on, it's Lebanon, KS. I'd watch this all year!