Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
84Trip End Jul 06, 2011
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My journey to SLC from Denver was sublime. Erin said to not fall asleep, continue to look out the window and I will be amazed! I was. We started off with some beautiful mountain views before meandering around snow covered mountain passes. The bus was pushing along slowly at this point, the driver was even ahead of schedule, so stopped and offered the smokers the chance to go outside, well, if you had brought ski boots!!
I forget about the diverse nature of this country. The media portrays the USA with large cities and beaches, but in the middle of this country, is such beauty, you would question where in the world you actually were. I'm so glad I've gone via road, my typical viewpoint on a plane is the inside of my eye lids.
There were frequent stops, often I would just walk out the bus, find somewhere to stand and admire the 360 degree view around me. Frequently we pass along sensational stretches on the road, but my camera will just not do those visions justice.
Our last stop just outside SLC was near some sort of mine, I had to squeeze through a gate, venture past a few lorries to find this shot.
When we finally get into SLC, it's after 9pm, and I have a 2 to 3 km walk to the hostel. I could grab a taxi but I'm not in favour of wasting tomorrows lunch and dinner cash. I have to walk from the south west corner of the city to the north east and wander my way through the city centre. It takes me a good hour to wander over to my hostel, I get to pass the main attractions in the city, but it's pitch black and I'm looking forward to a good night sleep.
I find the hostel, it is located in a very posh residential area. The hostel is pretty reasonable and in a 6 bed dorm, there are only two of us in there. Another guy called Bernie was in town for a wedding.
Miles walked 2.58
Day 138 May 21 - I wake early doors. Bernie seems very keen to go visit some nearby mine. I have no interest in going and tell him this, but he keeps going on about it, over and over. We locate the free breakfast. Some old bread and peanut butter was all I could find and black coffee, well, it'll do!
I spent the rest of the morning using the slowest PC in the world to update a couple of blogs. I wrote one blog three times over, you can only imagine how thin my patience was wearing!
I head out into the city before midday. It was striking sunny day and I make my way to temple square. The city was extremely quiet. I think there was a wedding going on at the Temple and apart from that, people begging, I guess everyone else had departed for the mountains.
SLC is a marvelous city, set aside stunning mountain ranges. It hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics and the location of the city prompted pioneer Mormon leader Brigham Young to inform his band of emigrant settles 'this is the place'. SLC became the headquarters of the Mormon church. I walk up towards the temple and wander around for a while. The place is kept in great condition, plenty of splendid flower displays and the blue sky above made for a relaxing day of wandering around this interesting city.
The Temple is grand and quite magnificent. I am unable to enter the temple due to the wedding that was going on but I still obtained a decent view from outside. I stay in this area for a while, find a bench and people watch. I have all of today by myself, no couchsurfers to meet and I enjoy the time to myself and can relax and explore this small unique city.
Seeing as it was close to lunchtime, I find a local sandwich shop to take care of lunch. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.
I wander around some more and it's only then that I spot a massive city festival in the grounds near the libero. They also at this festival have food stalls from over 25 different countries! Oh man, and I've just had lunch!!
I spent some time in the festival, relaxing in the gardens. Two young girls, decide to copy the fun little game that was shown on '500 Days of Summer' by shouting the word 'Penis' as loud as they could. Many parents seemed unimpressed, I raised a slight smile to myself.
I leave the festival and head back through the city to check out the courthouse, check out the library and wander around some more. Pretty uninspiring stuff, but it's a day to relax and sadly, my couchsurfing host pulled out and no-one else was free to host me.
I've been walking around for a while, so I head back to the hostel to relax. I briefly speak to a young guy from the Czech republic who is having cell phone issues then I retire to my dorm for a nap but find the Red sox v Cubs on the tv, so embark on watching that for 4 hours! I pop off to a supermarket to grab something small for my dinner, and I relax and unwind to some more tv before going to bed.
Another young guy from Costa Rica is staying in the room, he talks about Costa Rica for quite some time and also about the U2 gig that he has flown in for. Quite a journey to come and see U2. Of course, Bernie had an amazing time at the mine and then went to a comedy club in the evening. The way he told me, it was as if he was trying to make me feel regret for not having spent the day with him. Well, I was thankful for the day I had to myself and not having to be such a sociable monkey!
Miles walked 3.22
Day 139 May 22 - My bus to Boise is early doors, at 7am. I wake at 5am to leave the hostel at 530am. I walk through the city again, but it's still pretty dark out so get some decent illuminations to look at while strolling past.
My bus to Boise is late. Boise! I've been talking about Boise for a while now, my host when she replied to my couch request, said she was happy for me to stay but so I'm aware, she lives in a queer friendly household and a 420 friendly household. I wrote back, as long as you're ginger friendly, I don't have any issues. Something crazy was bound to happen........