This is a F-18 Hornet. Not sure what it's doing out there. This is a Navy/Marine Corps fighter/attack jet so I'm not sure what base this would have came from. But I'm sure they fly all over the place haha.
Anyway excellent ride report so far. I hope you were able to get off the interstates through parts of your journey though. You only get a small glimpse of the country on the interstates. The two lane state highways and country roads are where you really see what the country has to offer