I have been stuck on 45 states visited for two or three decades now. Haven't been to Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont.
In 1985-86, my first year on the Mizzou beat, the basketball team played in the Great Alaskan Shootout but didn't send me. (They did later play a couple of times in Hawaii - and I got to go to those, so I came out OK on that deal.)
I was supposed to travel up to Eugene, Oregon and do a story on Rich "Big Daddy" Brooks before the first St. Louis Rams training camp in 1995, but ran out of time before camp started.
Mike Martz used to have a place in Idaho, and has invited me up there but never made it. And now he's sold the place and is living in St. Louis.
My son and his ex-wife were heading up to Maine several years back and invited me to go along, but I wanted to get back to St. Louis and my wife.
So I've had a few chances. . . ..