On the road again

Trip Start Jul 20, 2011
Trip End Jul 30, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Thursday, July 21, 2011

I've been looking forward to this road trip for a while and I'm glad that I'm finally in it. This is a thin sliver of time where things are calm. Between finishing training at work, the end of summer classes, and the beginning of fall classes. And what do I do with this precious moment of silence? Cram it full of stuff. Well, so far mostly driving. Crammed full of driving.
We left (Luke and I, of course) yesterday morning, bright and early, and drove straight through Iowa, without stopping, and on into Nebraska. Now, this will be a short paragraph because there isn't a damn thing in Iowa and even less in Nebraska. At least places like South Dakota have amusing Wall Drug billboards and windmills to look at, there aren't so much of those through these middley states. So we came to rest in Lincoln Nebraska. Yep. I might be able to write about the hotel pool, but it was tiny, over chlorinated, and full of squirmy kids so... I might write about the lovely dinner we had, but honestly, 24 hours later I don't even remember where we stopped. No, I remember now. Cracker Barrel. It was that or Taco Bell. 'Nuff said.
Moving right along. Today we woke up early, ate our continental breakfast, and drove through the rest of Nebraska and damn near all of Colorado. Luke drove through the flat part of Colorado and then we stopped in Denver at a Chili's (whoo) for a late lunch.
I took the wheel to try to spare Luke a little bit of stress from his acrophobia. Denver leads almost directly into the mountains so it was a roller coaster from there. I have to admit that it is a little more difficult to drive in that up and down, twist and turn type of driving than I had expected. And a flinchy passenger made it that much more exciting. Honestly, some day I will find someone to drive with who doesn't shudder and slam on an imaginary emergency break at the slightest transition. But today was not that day.
Unfortunately we didn't meet our goal today, we had hoped to make it all the way into Utah. Somewhere, deep in the Rocky Mountains, there was a significant amount of road construction, which meant a significant amount of sitting in the car, listening to The Eagles on Luke's iPod. Yay. Creeping inch by inch through beautiful scenery eventually starts to get old after it has been more than 45 minutes.
But, after much too long perched on the edge of a mountain we were once again cruising through the hills, looking up at gold lit, burgundy peaks as the sun lowered. Once out of the jam we snaked through the hills, darting at more than 80 miles an hour (thanks Colorado speed limits!) through the trees and over the white rapids.
After more than 10 hours in the car it was more than time to get the hell out of that seat. We stopped just at the West edge of Colorado in a city called Grand Junction. We found ourselves another Best Western and hunkered down for the night. Once we had supped at Dos Hombres (mmm tortilla soup) we laid low, watching trashy reruns on tv and resting for the big day tomorrow.
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Benny on

I am SO SORRY the CDs I gave you weren't really all you'd hoped for. Dunno what happened to WWZ, but I did find the Hunger Games disc that was missing. It was still on my desk, unlabeld. My bad!

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