What state are we in? A terrible state!

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Friday, October 28, 2011

No, not really, but the journey today has meant us travelling in at least 3 states. The map book we have shows maps only by state, so as we criss cross the state borders, we have to move to a new page.

Set off from SLC early this morning, and the motel was right near the freeway, so we were immediately in traffic. Amazing really, as the traffic in central SLC was so sparse. Maybe Temple Square isnt the centre of the automobile activity there, but it was quite different from, say, Provo, which is not far away, and a city of lesser importance.
Made our way up the freeway for a spell, and then turned off onto lower grade roads. At the speed we travel, thats no problem, and the lesser traffic is ideal for us. Most of the day was spent driving, and the scenery, whilst not as astounding as it had bee in southern Utah, was still very pleasing. Rolling hills and mountains, rivers, all very relaxing.
Stopped along the way for lunch and just as we were finishing off, we noticed a herd of cattle moving up the ridge above us. Right next to an almost vertical drop onto the road. Some of them seemed reluctant to follow the rest, but with good herd instinct, they kept going. After the top, it was again steep down the other side and they were forced to run down!
Anyway, we are now at the Painted Buffalo in Jackson, a very pleasant motel, an independant. They even have a buffalo on exch bed! However, they are not complimentary, and as you check in, they point this out on the bill! I guess its just a way to encourage kids to "Daddy, I want one!" Just as well Fiona isnt here!

Mileage 273, a good days travel.  Went through 7821 ft, and we climbed 10970 ft altogether today.

Martin's mileage moment:
Thankfully the hub has held out and we have made good progress today.Thank you Bob and the boys at Tire City.Our apologies to Jon - we didn't make it to Pat's Place last night.We seriously did make an effort and went down by TRAX but took wrong turn and ended up in what appeared to have been a real Chinese restaurant.Roger liked the chopsticks.I thought they were hard to swallow.
Impressive thing of the day? We are all familiar with yellow school buses in US but we learned early on that you are not allowed to overtake a parked bus i.e. one from which children may be boarding or alighting.Not until today did we realise that this applies to oncoming traffic also - the buses are equipped with forward-facing red lights and an illuminated arm with word "STOP" is lowered to side -facing both back and front..When the bus stops all the traffic stops.What a brilliant idea!
So - the mileage moment? I was looking through our schedule this evening and it appears we do not have as much time on our side as we thought.I was hoping we could spend a couple of days in Chicago and perhaps take in a football game for Roger's birthday on 5 November .Also will need to leave a day or so floating to cover car issues and/or problems with getting freight organised for Stanley.We'll have a sort out this evening.

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bob @ tire world on

read your blog.... glad 2 c your hub is holding out .. thanks 4 the fun experience of meeting u guy : )

Jan & Dave on

Jackson - we loved it there. Best steak and wine we've ever had in a hidden away restaurant (the name of which we cannot remember and I cannot find in my quick rummage in the scrap books!). Anyway we rode along the ridge from the Spring Creek stables and bought ear rings that J still has. Thank you for allowing a moment of reminiscence. Happy journeying.

Polly and Tim on

I have just dusted the atlas off and we have followed your route over a bowl of muesli. Autumn has arrived in St Ives. Vito is cutting anything that moves in the wind for his bonefire. Good to speak to you last night

David on

Good morning Martin & Roger,
Have just enjoyed reading the blog over a few cups of tea, inbetween fixing the girls horses, having a tea party with james (including bunting !) 4 trips to the toilet (kids, not me!) trying to contact the neighbour who has gone on holiday but left a poor bird stuck in his new dormer extension and then a minor heart attack when james decided that the easiest way to get his large box of cars from his bedroom was to let is find its own way down from the top of the stairs rather than carry it (like father like son) . So life is still consistent out here in ampthill....
....Anyway, you guys seem to be having a swell time. Photos and commentry are of same high standard in both detail and humour. Stanley seems to be coping well. Nice that you have had the opportunity to let a few of the locals unscrew a few bits as well. Anyway, aim to follow regularly from this point so safe travels and will hear and write soon. Apparently as well as the blue corn, I've heard they also have bluegrass! Let me know when you find some.

David on

This is another great Jackson if you get there. down in missippi...and the song to go with it.


bill and char on

We met in the parking lot of a motel in Jackson. I was and am amazed by your journey, especially after viewing the Morris. You chased us out of Yellowstone with several more sightings, and we wish you great luck on your next adventure.

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